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Fac-Simte.or the Manuscript of Ezekia Cheever
Written in London and dated 1691.
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The paper entitled Ezekiel Cheever and Some of his Descendants was prepared for, and published in, the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for April, 1879. The same type has now been used to print a few copies in pamphlet form, for private distribution. There has been added to it, as an Appendix, the Cheever Manuscript in the Library of the Boston Athenæum, now for the first time printed in full.
This MS. is a small book, a little more than three inches wide and four inches long, bound in thick leather covers, containing in all, including fly leaves, one hundred and twenty-four pages. On the first leaf is the date “1631," on the second “ Ezekiel Cheeuer his booke,” the poems themselves beginning on the third. The pages are not numbered, but, in this edition, in order to facilitate reference to the original, numbers, corresponding with the pages of the MS. . as they now are, have been added in the margin in brackets, the first page on which the poems begin being numbered page [1*] and so on consecutively. The poems now fill the first forty-seven pages of the MS., but after page [18*] and page [20*] a leaf in each case seems to have been torn out. On nineteen other pages there are entries in short-hand. These have been lately deciphered by William P. Upham, Esq., of Salem, who finds them to be texts of Scripture. A specimen of this short-hand can be seen at the bottom of the plate which forms the frontispiece of this book.
In printing this MS. no alteration has been designedly made in it. Some typographical errors will perhaps escape notice after the most careful proof reading. But no correction of even the most obvious of the many corruptions of the text has been attempted, and the orthography and punctuation of the original have been carefully retained. The only exceptions to this rule have been that the titles of the several poems have been printed in capitals instead of small letters; the title “ Fabula” on page [14*] and the general title "Carmina” have been added ; in three cases small letters have been made capital letters ; in one instance a comma has been inserted ; and the grave accents over the particles have been generally omitted.
The pages here numbered [16a"] [166*] [16c*] [16d"] [17a*] and [47a*) are not now to be found in the manuscript in its present condition. Their loss has been supplied by, and they have been reprinted from, the Rev. Ezekiel Cheever Whitman's abridgment of the Corderius Americanus, within referred to. The abridgment also contained the whole of the poem entitled “ Fabula,” the greater part of “ Christus in Cruce” and “ Natalitia Christi Mundi Redemptoris," and a copperplate fac-simile of a page of the MS. The frontispiece of this book is a photo-electrotype of that plate.
At the top of page [19*] the words “ See page 50” are written in a modern hand. Page [47*] is marked “ Page 50 ” at the top. The four lines of the 'Enrixndxlov at the bottom of the latter page are in the same modern hand, and were probably copied from the page, now lost, which preceded page [19*].
The epigrams on pages [21*] [42*] [43*] [44*] [45*] and [46*] are the Epigrams of Martial XI. 56; IX. 92, 91; III. 26, 38, and I. 76, 79, respectively; and on page [41*] are Sat. 14 and Frag. 44 of Petronius. The second of the two poems on page [47a*] is ascribed to Posidippus or Plato Comicus in the Anthologia Palatina ix. 359.
J. T. H.
BOSTON, April 2, 1879.