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English literature mss., 1630-1800

Papers, 1630-1800, of English literature at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
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English literature mss.,1630-1800

Collection No.
LMC 1334

20 items

Materials are in English, Latin, and French.

Consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to English literature. Additions continue to be made.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.


Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly correspondence from major figures in English literature between 1630-1800. It also includes literary works, including manuscripts and bound volumes; financial records; and legal documents.

Related Material

Additional finding aids for English literature mss. are available.
English Literature mss., 1801-1850
English Literature mss., 1851-1900
English Literature mss., 1901-1950
English Literature mss., 1951-1993
English Literature mss., undated

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], English literature mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Container List

Series: English literature mss.

Arranged chronologically at the item level.

Box 1 [1630] Aug. 27 -   Chappell, William, 1582-1649, bishop of Cork and Ross. To William Moreton. Will do his uttermost to carry out the bargain made with his brothers and Moreton.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

  • In ink.
  • On a slip of paper pasted at the top of the letter is a note in red ink that Chappell was Milton’s tutor.

Gift. 1965.

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1666 Apr. 12 -   Pepys, Samuel, 1633-1703, diarist. Certificate for payment of a bill due Francis Moles for a supply of Flanders hemp delivered to his Majesty’s stores at Woolwich.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 30 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956.

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1715 Mar. 7 -   Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745, satirist. Appointment of Philipp Kerby to the cathedral staff.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

  • In Latin.

Removed from Swift’s Travels into several remote nations of the world …By Lemuel Gulliver . London, Printed for Benjamin Motte, 1726. (Lilly PR3724 .G7 1726).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956

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Bound 1718 Nov. 20 -   [Rowe, Nicholas], 1674-1718, poet. Probate copy of will.

Autograph Document 1 leaf. 29 x 40 cm. Folio.

  • Written on vellum.
  • Witnessed by Alexander Pope and Thomas Hill. Published in Gentleman’s Magazine, March, 1822, pages 207-208.
  • Appended is the grant of probate bearing a blue seal and written in Latin to Anne Rowe on June 19, 1719, by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, and as entered in the several offices including those of Thomas Foley and Edward Harley, July 6-Nov. 9, 1719, 18 x 17 cm.

Purchased. 1975. Accessioned 1977.

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Box 1 1724 -  On the Lord Carteret Lord Lieutenant of Ireland 1724. Poem.

Autograph Document 1 p. 18 cm.

On initial inserted blank of Richard Verstegen, A restitution of decayed intelligence: In antiquities. Antwerp. Printed … by Robert Bruney, And to be sold at London… by Iohn Norton and Iohn Bill, 1605 (Lilly DA152 .V56 R43).

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1742/3 Mar. 12 -   Whitefield, George, 1714-1770, clergyman. At Mr. Abbots in Charles square near Hoxton. To Dear Sir. Has received the books, for which he thanks the gentlemen of the Society, but no bill. Wishes to call upon Sir Erasmus Philipps. Requests also half A dozen hornbooks.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19.2 cm.

  • Endorsed on verso: Recd 15 March 1742[/3] Answrd, 15 March…

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.

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1748 Apr. 14 -   Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761, novelist. London, [England]. To [William] Warburton. Refers to Clarissa and a paper by Warburton.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956.

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1750 -   Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771, poet. Elegy written in a country-church yard.

Autograph Document 4 p. 17 cm. Facsimile.

Purchased. 1952.

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1752 Oct. 14 -   Warburton, William, 1698-1779, bishop of Gloucester. Prior Park. To "Sir." Deals with an order of various books and insisting on his usual style of binding—boards with wide margins.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18 cm.

Purchased. 1966.

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1753, Sept. 4 -   Garrick, David, 1717-1779, actor, dramatist. London. To Dear Sir. Speaks of Mrs. Byron, Sir Rowland Meredith, Mr. Richardson, Lord Orrey, and Draper.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 25 cm. Facsimile

Source of original unknown

Mounted between pages 2 and 3 of Robson, The Old Play-Goer, London, James Masters, 1846 (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846). 1973.

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1754, July 19 -   Aram, Eugene, 1704-1759, philologist. To Dear Sir.

copy of letter 4p. 19 cm. Facsimile

Removed from Michael Fryer. The Trial and Life of Eugene Aram. Richmond, M. Bell, 1832 (Lilly HV6248.A7 F7 1832). 1832.

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1759 Aug. 2 -   Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761, novelist. London, England. To Lady Echlin. Pleased to hear of her safe arrival in England.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956

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1760 June 9 -   Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768, author. York. To "My Lord," William Warburton, bishop of Gloucester. Sends Sermons; thanks him "for the generosity of yr Protection;" "just setting down to go on with Tristram."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Printed in Sterne’s Letters … London, T. Becket, 1775, I:98-99; The life and letters of Laurence Sterne, by Lewis Melville … New York, Appleton, 1912. I:232-233, which identifies the addressee.

Gift. 1962

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Bound 1767 -   The Foulmiriade. An Heroick Poem.

Box 1 1770-1771 -   Gray, Thomas, 1716-1771, poet Lister, Martin, 1638?-1712. Martini Lister, M.D. Historiae sive synopsis methodicae conchyliorum et tabularum anatomicarum; editio altera. Recensuit et indicibus auxit Gulielmus Huddesford … Oxonii, E typ. Clarendoniano, 1770. (Lilly QL430.6 .L77).
  • Thomas Gray’s copy, with notes in his hand on many of the margins. Images below are of the cover, title page and miscellaneous pages that contain a sampling of Gray's handwritten notes. There are many more instances of Gray's notes that are not shown here.

Purchased. 1959

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1771 Jan. 16 -   1772 Feb. 26 -   Chippendale, Haig, & co., London. Bill to David Garrick.

Autograph Document 1p. 34 cm. Photostat.

Removed from Pineapples of finest flavour or a selection of sundry unpublished letters of the English Roscius, David Garrick, edited by with an introduction and notes by David Mason Little. Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1930. (Lilly PR3468 .A4 1930). 1964

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Bound [1777] -   [Sheridan , Richard Brinsley], 1751-1816, dramatist. School for Scandal.

Autograph Document 140 p. 20 x 25 cm.

  • Partial cast of the first performance Drury Lane, May 8, 1777.
  • Forty-three corrections on thirty-six pages.
  • Text varies greatly from the printed versions.
  • Embossed crest of Glendon Hall on title page.
  • Bookplate of George Chetwynd, licenser of plays at the time of the first performance, on inside cover.
  • Bound in early 19th century half calf and cloth, lacks spine .

Purchased. 1970

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Bound 1778 -   [Gwinnett, Samuel], 1732-1792, clergyman. Four Historic Tragedies on the several Models of Grecian and the Modern Drama.

Autograph Document (fair copy) [413] p. 18cm

  • In brown slipcase.
  • Lacks covers but retains blue leather spine with horizontal gold lines.
  • Green ribbon marker
  • [First part]: The Appian Way, Metius Curtius, The Druid Judgement, Marcus Manlius Capitolinus.
  • [Second part: elegies, odes, sonnets], some of which honor the River Usk and other rivers, Member of Parliament from Gloucester Sir Charles Barrow, bart., -1789, the godmother of Button Gwinnett, Barbara Button, 1695?-1775, physician John Caple [i.e., Capel] of Gloucester, -1753, alderman George Heathcote, -1768; and "Sepulchral Inscriptions" concerning the tombstone of Gwinnett’s father and mother, Samuel and Anne (Emes) Gwinnett, and another Inscription to Gulielmo [ i.e. William] Warburton, dated "friday October 20, 1778".
  • Occasional commentary notes the dates of composition of the pieces and other references, that three pieces are college exercises (Gwinnett attended Oriel College, Oxford), and that in 1761 Button Gwinnett, 1735-1777, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, returned from Canada (page 220)
  • Front marbled flyleaf , recto and verso, bears the initials of Emilia Gwinnett, 1741-1807, who inherited the manuscript from her brother and whose collection was sold in 1816 (British Museum 94:991)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.

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Bound [1787 Jan. 15] -   Burns, Robert, 1759-1796, poet. Lawn Market. To [Patrick] Miller, Edinburgh , Scotland. Requests lease of farm from "my honored, kind Patron."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23 cm.

  • In red protective case.
  • The letter was addressed to Peter Miller which appears to be an error. There is also some doubt as to whether the address is in the hand of Burns. A farm was leased by Burns from Patrick Miller, banker.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956

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Bound [1788 Dec. 7] -   [Burns, Robert], 1759-1796, poet. "Auld Lang Syne" .

Autograph Document 2p. 23cm.

  • Earliest known version.
  • In red protective case.
  • Accompanied by a letter from Henry Stevens to John Van Schaick Lansing, Jan. 7, 1859.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956

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Box 1 1795 May 23 -   Radcliffe, Mrs. Ann [(Ward), (Mrs. William Radcliffe)]. 1764-1823, novelist, and William Radcliffe, fl. 1826, editor. "Received … of Geo.. . and John Robinson five hundred pounds… in full for the Copyright of a Journey through Holland and the Western Frontier of Germany…".

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 7x19 cm.

  • Embossed is an official receipt symbol for six pence.
  • Mounted on another sheet of paper, 24x22 cm, with the watermark J. Whatman 1827

Source unknown. Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative Office. 1975.

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1796 Mar. 10 -   Gabell, Henry Dison, 1764-1831, headmaster of Winchester, author. To Cadell & Davies, booksellers, Strand, London, England. Refers to the Publication of his pamphlet.

Autograph Letter Signed 23 cm. 2pp.

Purchased. 1967

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