Miscellanies in prose and verse

Miscellanies in prose and verse

Dates: 1780

Materials include Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, a manuscript written by Abraham Orchard in 1780 in Bath, England. In the preface Orchard reflects on his experiences with sin, repentence, religion, and God. The rest of the manuscript contains poetry, prose, songs, and prayers about marriage, daily life, children, nature, and religion. Only part of the book is filled up and there is a note written by someone else stating when Orchard died. There is no cover on the book, the binding is falling apart, and pages are loose. Dated 1780.

  • Extent: 1 volume (.15 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Orchard, Abraham, approximately 1753-1793
  • Call Number: MSS 8412
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Restricted due to condition of manuscript. Cover is gone, binding is falling apart, pages loose. Permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Miscellanies in prose and verse must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8412; Miscellanies in prose and verse; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8412, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The custodial history and provenance of this item is unknown.
Acquisition Information
Donor information is unknown.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Christianity; Literature; Marriage; Material Types; Nature; Publications; Religion
Genre / Form
Poetry--Manuscripts; Songs
Processing Information
Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
(Orphaned Manuscripts collection development policy, 1 V., February 2014.)
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Miscellanies in prose and verse
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Zoë Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:17-0600
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Biographical History

Abraham Orchard (1753-1793) was a Methodist who lived in Bath, England.

Abraham Orchard was born in approximately 1753. He probably married Martha Bishop in 1775 and had seven children. His life was shaped by a significant experience that brought him close to God. Orchard was not very religious but when his wife was deathly ill he prayed for help and she miracuoulsy recovered, so Orchard became converted to Christianity and remained a devout Methodist for the rest of his life. He also corresponded and had a friendly relationship with the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. It is possible that Orchard was a solicitor and a school master in England. He wrote a manuscript titled Miscellanies in Prose and Verse in 1780, in which he meditated on his relationship with God and religion. The manuscript shows his love for reading and writing poetry, songs, and stories.

Orchard died in approximately 1793.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts