Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Eighteenth-Century Commonplace Book, 1732-[1762]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, September 2012

Summary Information
Title: Eighteenth-century commonplace book
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1732-[1762]
Extent: 1 volume
This volume (234 pages) contains copied passages from histories, magazines, philosophical treatises, and other sources, dated from 1732 to the mid-1760s.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Donated, 2002. M-4196.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Eighteenth-century Commonplace Book, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


This volume contains copied passages from several sources, including the works of John Locke, histories of England and Europe, and treatises on religion.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume (234 pages) contains copied passages from histories, magazines, philosophical treatises, and other sources from the mid-18th century.

The copied excerpts, written in a dense, consistent hand, are dated from 1732 to the mid-1760s, and most are attributed to their authors or other sources of origin, such as the Gentleman's Magazine of London, England. The creator if the commonplace book compiled information on subjects such as religion, history, philosophy, linguistics, medicine, and science, and often quoted specific articles, sermons, and treatises at length. The historical sections focus on English history, and the religious items occasionally incorporate words and lines in Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Much of the religious material pertains to specific biblical stories. The book has a partial subject index, created by the compiler. John H. Treadwell later owned the volume, which holds his bookplate.

Subject Terms

    • Bible--Early works to 1800.
    • Christianity--Early works to 1800.
    • Europe--History--Early works to 1800.
    • Gentleman's magazine (London, England)
    • Great Britain--History--Early works to 1800.
    • Linguistics--Early works to 1800.
    • Medicine--Early works to 1800.
    • Philosophy--Early works to 1800.
    • Science--Early works to 1800.
    Genre Terms:
    • Commonplace books.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    Eighteenth-century commonplace book,  1732-[1762] [series]