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Miscellanies in prose and verse

 Collection — Volume: 1
Identifier: MSS 8412

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1780


Conditions Governing Access

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.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from 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.

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.


1 volume (0.15 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The custodial history and provenance of this item is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor information is unknown.


Orphaned Manuscripts collection development policy, 1 V., February 2014.

Processing Information

Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Miscellanies in prose and verse
Zoë Brimhall
2014 March 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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