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English literature mss., 1801-1850

Papers, 1801-1850, of English literature at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, IN 47405-5500
Phone: 812-855-2452
Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Title
English literature mss.,1801-1850

Collection No.
LMC 1334

Extent
99 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
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.

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly correspondence from major figures in English literature between 1801-1850. 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., 1630-1800
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.

Series: English literature mss.

Arranged chronologically at the item level, undated items are further arranged alphabetically.


1802 Oct. 29 -   Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Laswade Cottage. Memorandum of an agreement about the Minsrelsy of the Scottish Border

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 12cm.

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


1805 Nov. 3 -   Gilchrist, Octavius Graham, 1779-1823, antiquary. Stamford, England To Thomas Hill. Recommends young man for position; books.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 25 cm.

Removed from Gilchrist’s An examination of the charges maintained by Messrs. Malone, Chalmers, and others of Ben Ben Johnson’s enmity, & c. towards Shakespeare ....London, Printed for Taylor and Hessey, 1808. (Lilly PR2958 .J604). 1960


1806 Feb. 10 -   Hill, Joseph, fl. 1806. To"Madam". Deals with finances.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 22cm.

Purchased. 1966


1807 Jan. 1 -   De Quincey, Thomas, 1785-1859, essayist. To John Kelsall, merchant, Manchester, England. "I beg you will give my kind Respects to Mrs. Kelsall with the agreeable news that Mrs. Radcliffe has finished a new romance…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22cm.

Purchased. 1971.


1807 Jan. 20 -   Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Receipt for four hundred and fifty pounds sterling. Proceeds from his father’s estate.

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 16 cm.

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


1807 Mar.-Dec. -   The Juvenile Repository. Published by Daniel Manuscript. Fort. Bristol.

Autograph Document [208]p. 17cm.

  • Bound.
  • Housed in a book-style box.
  • Issues for March through December
  • Each issue preceded by four blue pages regarding content
  • Introductory Address refers to a former periodical by the same title which existed only for a few months
  • Largely in script style, a few pages in print style
  • Contains brief articles, chiefly about literary or science matters, letters to the Editor, and poetry
  • Satirical rendering on current literary styles and periodicals, and not a publication for young people.

Ownership signatures: S.J. Gardiner; C. Field Gumuchian 3942

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1807 Apr. 23 -   Park, Thomas, 1759-1834, bibliographer. Church Row, Hempstead. To James Lackington, Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square. "It is my wish … to have the Observations of Ritson put up with the fragment of vol. IV."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Removed from Park’s Sonnets, and other small poems. London, Printed for G. Sael, 1797 (Lilly PR5115 .P75 S6 1797). 1968


1808 Oct. 19 -   Jeffrey, Francis Jeffrey, Lord, 1773-1850, judge, critic. 62 Queen Street, Edinburgh. To "Dear Sir … shall not fail to pay my respects to you at Cambridge the next time… as to Lord [Royston’s?] book I had a peep of it at Wimbledon when I visited Lord Aberdeen the day after you had left him…".

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 23cm.

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


[1808] -   Horner, Francis, 1778-1817, politician. Temple. To [Francis ] Jeffrey, [lord Jeffrey]. Hopes Musgrave’s "communications worthy of being inserted." Refers to Jeffrey’s "habit of working over some … of his contributor’s articles."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 19cm.

Purchased 1966


1809 June 15-Sept. 9 -   Dickinson, William, 1771-1837, member of parliament. Journal of a tour in England, Ireland, and Scotland. Describes one of the mills in Manchester, also a calico printing and dyeing mill. In Ireland the subjects included the Wakes, roads, police and crime, religion, the results of rebellion, and currency.

Autograph Document [128] p. 33cm.

  • Bound in old half calf, lettered "Irish Tour" in gold on spine.
  • A map of the present and proposed lines of the inland navigation of Ireland by Henry Walker, land surveyor, 1800, with holograph notes in ink and pencilled binding instructions to Mr. Frazer on verso of map bound in at the end of the journal. 37x50cm.

Purchased. 1968


1810 Nov. 20 -   Wordsworth, Christopher, 1774-1846, educator. Bocking, Essex, England. To John Cockfield, Esqre., Upton, near Westham, Essex. Discusses Stephen Hales, "Friendly Admonition to the Drinkers of Spirituous Liquors" and Lindley Murray’s "The Power of Religion on the Mind."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1972


1810 Nov. 26 -   Wordsworth, Christopher, 1774-1846, educator. Deanery Bocking, Essex, England.To John Cockfield Esqre., Upton, near Westham, Essex. "…accept gladly the obliging offer which you make me a copy of the new edition of the Power of Religion on the Mind."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1972


1811 May 13 -   Mathias, Thomas James, 1754?-1835, satirist. Middle Scotland Yard, Whitehall. To [Charles Gordon Perceval, 2d baron] Arden. St. James Place. Presenting him a copy of his recent book.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Thomas James Mathias, Poesie liriche e prose toscone . London, William Bulmer & Co., 1810. (Lilly PR4987 .M2 P6). 1966


1811 July 23 -   Richardson, William, 1740-1820, author Portrush Colerain[e Ireland]. To William Dickinson. Concerns the planting of Fiorin grass.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1968


1812 Feb. 7 -   Lewis, Matthew Gregory, 1775-1818, novelist, dramatist, poet. London. Autograph receipt for six pounds, eleven shillings, and sixpence.

Autograph Document 8cm.

  • Accompanied by an envelope "autograph of ‘Monk’ Lewis."

Removed from Lewis, The monk … London, J. Bell, 1796. (Lilly PR4887 .M6, 1796, vol. 1). 1967


1813 Jan. 28 -   Litchfield & Hobhouse, solicitors. Summons to John and Leigh Hunt to appear in His Majesty’s Court of Kings Bench … for certain misdemanors ….

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 33cm.

Purchased. 1970


1813 Nov. 8 -   Galt, John, 1779-1839, novelist. 9 Burton Crescent [London}. To Gentlemen. "The copperplate printer having nearly completed his work I have desired Messrs. Nichols & Co. to deliver the sheets of my volume of letters to your order…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

  • 1 item

Purchased. 1971


1814 Apr. 30 -   Park, Thomas, 1759-1834, bibliographer. Hempstead. To Thomas Hill, 2 New Inn, Wyche Street. Recommends some books and expresses dissatisfaction of an offer made to him by Sotheby & Co.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

Removed from Park’s Sonnets and other small poems . London, Printed for G. Sael, 1797. (Lilly PR5115 .P75 S6 1797). 1968


1814 Aug. 27 -   Godwin, William, 1756-1836, author. To Taylor, John, Norwich, England. On the elopement of his daughter Mary with Shelley; financial matters.

Autograph Letter Signed 8p. 23cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

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


[1814] [Oct. 27] -   Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft (Godwin), 1797-1851, novelist. To [Percy Bysshe Shelley]. Plans to meet him "at three and bring heaps of Skinner Street news."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Bound in a morocco folder with etchings of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Percy Shelley and Field Place.
  • Published in Frederick L. Jones, ed. The Letters of Mary W. Shelley, Norman, University of Oklahoma Press, 1944, vol. I, p. 4. (PR5398 .A35 v. 1)

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


1815? -   Daniel, George, 1789-1864, author, book collector. An April Day.

Autograph Document 4 leaves. 12cm.

  • Stitched as a booklet with decorative title.
  • Written in pencil on title page: "Composed by my father and given to me on my birthday"
  • In another hand "By George Daniel"
  • Accompanied by an envelope which bears the note: "Verses by George Daniel to his little daughter Emma Cato Daniel, about 1815"

Purchased. 1972


1815-1816 -   Bouchier, Barton, 1794-1865, religious writer. [Poems].

Autograph Document Signed [11]. 17.5 cm.

  • Call number: Lilly PR4161 .B15 P7.
  • Ten poems , eight of which are initialed: B.B. See Inventory
  • One poem signed with reversed signature: Notarb Rehcuob (Bouchier changed his name from Boucher after 1822)
  • Some of the poems are addressed to Mary and one to Mrs. N. Thornbury (Bouchier married Mary Thornbury, the daughter of Mrs. Nathaniel Thornbury in 1816)
  • Poems are written in Bouchier, Poems on Various Occasions , Oxford, W. Baxter, 1815, which is inscribed "To Miss Thornbury with the Author’s best Compliments"
  • Inside cover bears note in the hand of Frederick Locker [-Lampson] about the identity of the author, who was in fact his uncle
  • Bookplates of Frederick Locker-Lampson, 1821-1895, poet, by Walter Crane (not Greenaway: see Lilly Z994 .E5C35 page 177) and of Montgomery Evans II, 1898-1954, collector, by T. Diedrichsen (not the same as the bookplate in Lilly PS3523 .A592M9)

Gift. 1986


1816 Dec 21 -   Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Abbotsford, [Melrose, Scotland]. To "Sir." "You will be surprised to find Old Mortality has got into print."

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 24cm.

Removed from John Buchan, … Sir Walter Scott … a Centenary Address … San Francisco, the Book Club of California, 1932. (Lilly PR5333 ,B9). 1965


1817 Apr. 29 -   Edgeworth, Maria, 1767-1849, novelist. Deep Dene. To Lady [Susan Leveson- Gower Ryder] Harrowby. Refers to correspondent’s note and ill health of sister.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

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


1818 Feb.21-Mar. 9 -   Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822, poet. Check made payable to Messrs. Brooker & Co.

Autograph Document Signed 11x18cm.

Check made payable to Messrs. Gilby & Co.

Autograph Document Signed 7x19cm.

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


1818 May 28 -   Scott, Michael, 1789-1835, author. Marriage contract between Michael Scott and Margaret Cathcart Bogle.

Autograph Document Signed 3p. 39cm. Folio.

  • Accompanied by an extract of birth from the registrar of births at Barony Parish of Glasgow recording the birth of Scott’s ninth child, a boy, Jan. 23, 1834. Document Signed 1p. 12cm.

Purchased. 1969


1819 Apr. 27 -   Byron, George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th baron, 1788-1824, poet. To Editor of Galignani’s Messenger, 18 Rue Vivienne, Paris, [France]. Byron objects to two statements made in Galignani’s Messenger about him the author of the work "The Vampire," and giving his residence in the Island of Mitylene.

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 27cm.

Removed from The Works of Lord Byron, Paris, A and W. Galignani, 1727. (Lilly PR4350 .E27). 1967


1819 June 9 -   Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847, bibliographer. Spencer House. To Dawson Turner, Flagdongs Hotel, 144 Oxford St[reet]. "You undertake too much to execute with comfort to yourself. I was here by 12, according to appointment; but no Inhabitant of Flagdong’s hotel."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

Purchase. 1968


1819 Nov. 27-1833 Mar. -   Sotheby, William, 1757-1833, author. Autograph Album. Poems by William Sotheby, copies of poems by Byron, by William and other Members of the Sotheby family, poem signed by Catherine Fanshawe, autograph poem by Arthur Hallam and Fanny Kemble, original drawings and water colors, a few Ackerman prints in color of furniture and other prints.

Autograph Document 110p 19x24cm.

  • Bound in red morocco with tooled borders in gilt and clasp.

From the library of John L. Marks, Chippendale, Earlswood.

Purchased. 1966


[1820?] [Feb. 24?] -   Keats, John, 1795-1821, poet. To Fanny Brawne. Concerning his health.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Published in Maurice Buxton Forman, ed., The Letters of John Keats, London, 1948, p. 469. (Lilly. Wordsworth PR4836 .A5 F72 1948).

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


1821 Nov. 11 -   Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822, poet. Pisa [Italy]. To Ollier & Co., London, England. Refers to Hellas and Adonais.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 24cm

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Published in Roger Ingpen, ed., The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley , London, G. Bell, 1915, vol. II, p. 921-922. (PR 5431 .A3 I52)

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


[1821-1834] -   Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852, poet. [National melodies: lyrics by Thomas Moore, music by Sir Henry Rowley Bishop].

Autograph Document 36p. 24x29cm.

  • No title page.
  • Title taken from cover.
  • Music in hand of Sir Henry Rowley Bishop; most of the lyrics in hand of Thomas Moore. All the lyrics have been published.
Contents:
  • Tis the Vine, March 31, 1828;
  • Ne’er talk of wisdom’s gloomy schools, 1822;
  • When thou shalt wander, 1821;
  • My harp has one unchanging theme, n.d.;
  • Love and hope, n.d.;
  • I’ve a secret to tell thee, 1834.

Purchased. 1956


1822 Feb. 23 -   Grattan, Thomas Colley, 1792-1864, author. Versailles. To Eugenius Roche, Bell Yard, Carey Street, Lincoln Inn Fields. "I am obliged to quit my apartment …on the 12th April, by which time I must positively decide on my plans for two or three yers to come.—whether to go to London… to retire to Normandy… & write more stories…"

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1970


[1822] May 13 -   Shelley, Percy Bysshe, 1792-1822, poet. Leriel, [Italy]. To [Daniel] Roberts, Genoa, [Italy]. Announces arrival of his boat Don Juan; mentions sailing conditions.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 24 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Published in Roger Ingpen, ed., The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley , London, G. Bell, 1915, Vol. II, p. 966-968. (PR5431 .A3152)

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


1822 Dec. 18 -   Heber, Reginald, 1783-1826, bishop. To [Henry Hart] Milman, St. Mary’s Reading, [England]. Discusses work and refers to The "volume with our hymns" and a future meeting.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 22cm.

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


[1822] -   Laing, David, 1793-1878, bookseller, editor. Draft for the Constitution of the Bannatyne Club.

Autograph Document, 3 items, 2p. 32cm.

  • With holograph corrections by Sir Walter Scott
  • Accompanied by the notice of the first anniversary meeting of the Club Thursday, February 27th, 1823, signed by the members who attended. Included is also a printed page about the final meeting of the Club in 1861.
  • Bound together in half morocco

Purchased. 1973


1823 Dec. 4 -   Nicolas, Sir Nicholas, Harris, 1799-1848, antiquary. Kew, Surrey. To Sir [Samuel] Egerton Brydges. Refers to the fact that the discovery of materials about William Davison in the British Museum persuaded him that enough "existed to form a memoir of the unfortunate minister."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 22cm.

Removed from Nicolas, Life of William Davison ... London, John Nicholas and son, 1823 (Lilly DA358 .d2N6). 1975


1823 Dec. 9 -   Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834, essayist, humorist. India House, [London,England]. To W[illiam] H[arrison] Ainsworth, 10 King’s Street, Manchester, [England]. Refers to The workes of our antient and learned English poet Geffrey Chaucer .

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 20cm.

Removed from The workes of our antient and learned English poet, Geffrey Chaucer … London, Printed by Adam Islip, 1598. (Lilly PR1850 1598a).

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


1824 May 21 -   Porter, Jane, 1776-1850, novelist. Consbrook. To Mrs. Tornoor, Parchment Street, Winchester. Refers to the illness of her cousin, her mother, and her sister.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 23cm.

Removed from Porter, The Scottish Chiefs… London, Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1810. (Lilly PR5189 .P4S4 v.1). 1968


1824 Sept. 22 -   Johnson, John, -1833, friend of Cowper. Yaxham Parsonage near East Dereham, Norfold, [England]. To L. Saunders. Circulating Library Conduit Street, Bond Street, London [England]. Gives instructions for sending the portrait of William Cowper by Abbott.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1966


1825 July 5 -   Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834, essayist, humorist. Colebrooke Cottage, Islington, [London, England]. To John Aitken, "As I cannot arrange with a London Publisher to reprint "Rosamund Gray" as a book, it will be at your service to admit into the Cabinet."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 16cm.

Removed from Lamb’s A Tale of Rosamund Gray … London, Printed for Lee and Hurst, 1798 (Lilly PR4862 .R6 1798).

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


1825 July 16 -   Sumner, Charles Richard, bp. of Winchester, 1790-1874. Carlton House. To [William Wyndham Grenville, baron Grenville]. "I have had the honour of receiving the command of the King to transmit to your Lordship on the part of His Majesty, a copy of the posthumous treatise of Milton which has recently been discovered in the State Paper Office."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Removed from John Milton, Joannis Miltoni Angli de Doctrina Christiana ... Cambridge, 1825 (Lilly PR3570 .D278)

From the library of William R. Parker, Bloomington, Indiana. 1973.


1825 July 16 -   Sumner, Charles Richard, bp. of Winchester, 1790-1874. Carleton House. To C[harles] W[atkin] W[illiams] Wynn. Transmitting copy of posthumous treatise of Milton recently discovered in State paper office.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Removed from John Milton’s Joannis Miltoni Angli de Doctrina Christiana ... Cambridge, 1825 (PR3571 .D63). 1957


1826-1833 -   Hoff, Martha Sophia. Album of verse and prose. Copies of poems by Byron,Cowper, Johnson, Moliere, Schiller, and others.

Autograph Document Signed [133] p. 19-25cm.

  • Seven leaves tipped in.
  • Bound in contemporary quarter striped morocco, straight grained, with marbled boards, all in worn condition.

Purchased. 1968


1827, Feb. 17 -   Robertson, George, 1750?-1832, writer. Bower Lodge. To John Phillip Wood. "I am collecting materials for a Supplement to my account of Ayrshire Families – which is intended chiefly for corrections …."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22.5cm.

Tipped in Robertson, Rural recollections, or, The progress of improvement in agriculture and rural affairs . Irvine: Cunninghame Press, 1829. (Lilly S459 .R64 R94.)1986


1828 Mar. 11 -   Chantrey, Sir Francis Legatt, 1781-1841, sculptor. Belgrave Place. To John Wilson Croker, Esq. "Yesterday I delivered the commission for a statue of Mr. Canning…I know no man but yourself on whose judgment I can with satisfaction depend…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Note at top of letter: answered Mar. 11

Purchased. 1972


1828 Apr. 4 -   Burke, John, 1787-1848, genealogical and heraldic writer. 8 New Burlington St. To Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges, Bart. Refers to Brydges review of his work on the peerage and baronetage and notes that the "passage relative to the Barony of Chandos [was] particularly assailed…"

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 18cm.

Removed from George Frederick Beltz, A review of the Chandos Peerage Case, adjudicated 1803 … London, Richard Bentley, 1834 (Lilly KD4265.5.A3C45). 1975


1829 Jan. 19 -   Torre, Nicholas Lee, 1795?- author. Leamington, Warwickshire, [England]. To Davies Gilbert. "I hope you will pardon my presumption in laying before you a specimen of the work, respecting which I took the liberty a few weeks since to trouble you with a communication."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

  • Signed "Formerly Fellow of New Coll. Oxon."

Removed from George Canning The Pilgrimage of Mecca … [Warwick, Heathcote, Printer], 1829. (Lilly PR4415 .C15P5). 1968


1829 Mar. 10 -   Hogg, James, 1770-1835, poet. Mount Benger [Scotland]. To [William] Blackwood, publisher. Hogg criticizes the Editor of Blackwood’s Magazine for his treatment of sketches sent for inclusion in the magazine. "What kind of a letter was your last to write to a poet?" Hogg commends Allan Cuningham. "Allan likes those with faults best as he generally turns them into the greatest beauties." The author also desires that Mary (Botham) Howitt should receive a copy of the Magazine.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 24cm.

  • Integral leaf blank.
  • Enclosed in red protective case.

Purchased. 1976.


1829 June 26 -   Davies, George, bookseller. 33 Carmarthen Street, Tottenham Court Road. To [Sir Francis Freeling]. Concerns Wadsworth’s English Spanish Pilgrime.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

Removed from James Wadsworth, The English Spanish Pilgrime … London, Printed by T. Cotes and R.C. for Mich. Sparke, 1630 (Lilly PA398 .W2 1630). 1968


1829 Aug. 24 -   Hogg, James, 1770-1835, poet. Mount Benger, [Scotland]. To Gaulding & Dalmaine, London, [England]. "Your musical work has slipped from my memory till I got Mr. Purdie’s letter yesterday. I now send you three songs for it in My own wild stile which I hope will please."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 24 cm.

  • In red protective case.
  • Appended are three poems, "O weel befa’ the guileless heart" By the Ettrick Shepherd. Varies from the poem published as "O weel befa’ the maiden gay," in Songs by the Ettrick Shepherd. Edinburgh, William Blackwood, 1831 (Lilly PR4791 .S6) pages 117-120; and two "Fairy Songs" 18 and 24 lines in length, By the Ettrick Shepherd.
  • Address panel on verso of letter has black wax seal.

Purchased. Aug. 1975. Accessioned 1976.


1829, Dec. 24 -   Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834, poet. [The] Grove, Highgate [England]. Comment on William Blake’s The Ladies Charity School-house Roll of Highgate : "…the simplicity & single-heartedness overall – give this old Book, for me, a sort of charm…".

Autograph Document Signed 2p. 15cm.

Book bears autograph of James Gillman, 1782-1839, surgeon, with whose family Coleridge lived at Highgate

Written on front flyleaf of Blake, The Ladies Charity School-house Roll of Highgate , London, 1670? (Lilly LC4096 .G7 B63). 1972


1830, Apr. 29 -   Scott, Sir Walter, 1771-1832, novelist. Abbotsford, Melrose [Scotland]. To J.H. Hanshall Esq., West and Bedford Street, Reading, Berkshire. "I am favoured with the safe receipt of your letter of 25 April … the curious volume respecting the Discoverie of the Lancaster Witches …"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

Mounted on back flyleaf of Thomas Potts, The wonderfull discoverie of witches in the countie of Lancaster … London, 1613. (Lilly BF1581 .A2P6). 1961


1830, Aug. 18 -   Brydges, Samuel Egerton, 1762-1837, bibliographer, genealogist. Geneva [Switzerland]. To [Joseph Haslewood]. "I sent a copy of the Prologues by a friend three weeks ago. I now send this as a single sheet… I sent an essay on Collins to Pickering…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

  • Written in pencil on the page entitled Four Prologues in Geneva Gems, 1831.
  • Another copy of the letter in ink in Haslewood’s hand with an appended note dated 26 Aug. 1830 concerning the receipt of a letter written on a front end paper of Geneva Gems, 1831.

Both letters bound in Geneva Gems, 1831 (Lilly PR4252 .B7G32). 1975


1830, Oct. 20 -   Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855, poet, banker, talker. To Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges Bart, at Geneva… [poem in the hand of Joseph Haslewood].

Autograph Document 5pp. 22cm.

  • Note by Joseph Haslewood, Conduit Street, indicates the "address… was written on the flyleaves of a copy of the Poem on Italy by Samuel Rogers…"

Bound in Geneva Gems, 1831 (Lilly PR4252 .B7G32). 1975


1830 Nov. 1 -   Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857, politician, author. To John Murray. Proposes to hire someone to take down his translation in short hand.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1966


1830, Nov.14 -   Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, 1762-1837, bibliographer, genealogist. Geneva, [Switzerland]. To Messr Bossange & Co., Booksellers, Marlborough Street, London. "…please to charge one with this letter and after cutting offthe marginal writing send the printed sheet to Mr. Haslewood … I remember with pleasure having recd civilities from Mr. Lowell at Mr. Bossange’s shop at Paris…"

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 22cm.

Written on pages 241-243 of Lex Terrae in Geneva Ges, 1831. (Lilly PR4252 .B7G32). 1975


1830, Dec. 3 -   Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, 1762-1837, bibliographer, genealogist. To Messr Bossange & Co., Booksellers, Marlborough Street, London. Mentions books that he wants sent and says "pray cut off this, and send the sheet to Mr. Haslewood."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

Written on page 257 with the address on page 272 of Lex Terrae in Geneva Gems, 1831. (Lilly PR4252 .B7G32). 1975


[1830-1834] -  Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers.

Printed and Autograph Document [122]p. 25.5cm.

  • Bound.
  • Prepared about 1830-1834 (see pages 4, 107, 113, and Inventory of Portraits), and bearing the name of Abraham Lincolne, Highbury Place, 1834, in an oval on page 4
  • Volume bound in black, contains the mounted pages of the 4th edition, 1810; 30 portraits and views as extra-illustrations (3 bound in, 27 loose leaves removed to separate folder – See Inventory); and holograph copies of published remarks critical of English Bards … Ornamental title page prepared by Alfred Bentley of Highbury Grange (pages 12-13) Suggested title page to the volume of illustrations not present
  • Bookplate of Robert John Hopkins
  • Laid in:
    • 1. "Illustrations in Mr. Turner’s ‘English Bards and Sco. Reviewers’", 1824, 7 p., 23cm., signed W.T., Jany, 1824. Page 5 makes reference to W. Lowell. Page 6 has attached the printed page, An Alphabetical List of Names mentioned in the English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, with annotations in ink.
    • 2. Letter of William Upcott, 1779-1845, bibliographer, to Abraham Lincolne of Highbury Place, 1833, June 8. See separate Calendar Card.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1831 Jan. 1 -   Vestris, Mme. Lucia Elizabeth (Bartolozzi), 1797-1856, actress, manager. Olympic Theatre. To The Editor of The Age. "Madame Vestris has done herself the pleasure of placing the Editor on the free list of the Olympic Theatre and feels assured thet the size of the house will be kindly taken Into consideration."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Removed from Memoirs of the Life … of Madame Vestris …, London, 1839 (Lilly PN2598 .V58 W53). 1973


1831, Apr. 22 -   Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, 1762-1837, bibliographer, genealogist. Geneva, [Switzerland]. To J[oseph] Haslewood, Esq., 40 Conduit Street. "I have sent you 3 copies by a friend … of the first 2 sheets of Modern Aristocracy…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

Inserted prior to Modern Aristocracy in Geneva Gems, 1831 (Lilly PR4252 .B7G32). 1975


1831 May 19 -   Hallam, Henry, 1777-1859, historian. To John Murray. Asks to see State Paper office volume containing letters of Henry VIII’s time.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1966.


1831 Sept. 10 -   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. Rydal Mount. To Sir Robert Ker Porter. City of Caracas. Discusses a rash financial speculation, presumably in South American securities, and refers to William Green and his Guide to the Lakes. "I am obliged to employ my wife’s pen, in consequence of an inflammation in my eyelids".

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1971.


1831 Nov. 2 -   Hogg, James, 1770-1835, poet. Altrive Lake, Scotland. To "My dear Sir." Refers to literary matters.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

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


1831 -   Haslewood, Joseph, 1769-1833, antiquary. Advertisement. "To this farrago, if so branded, an off-hand-title, is given as deriving its value from the pen of Sir Samuel Egerton Brydges…".

Autograph Note Signed 1p. 22cm.

Bound in the volume entitled Geneva Gems, 1831 (Lilly PR4252 .B732). 1975


1831-1841 -   Anagrams and Conundrums.

Autograph Document [233]p. 17.5cm.

  • Bound.
  • In several hands
  • Blank pages number 144, among which 14 plant leaves are pressed
Contents include:
  • Anagrams and Conundrums with answers;
  • Charades and their Explanations;
  • Selections;
  • Book lists dated Aug. 9, 1834, at Chester, Mar. 1, 1841, in parlor case, and n.d. which included a Poll book for Chester for 1826 (pages 213-216, 220-222, 230);
  • Memorandum for Feb. 6-Apr. 2, 1833 in which a man comes from Campechee to visit his ill father in Chester and attend his funeral at Queen Street Chapel (p.. 225-228);
  • and a note on Dec. 2, 1831, regarding the Distance to Barbadoes (p. 233).

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1832 July 26 -   Brydges, Sir Samuel Egerton, 1762-1837, bibliographer, genealogist. Geneva. To Stacey Grimaldi, Esq. "I hope some sheets of Stemmata Illustria remain, and that my sons will be able to find a copy for you…".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 7cm.

Removed from Brydges, Stemmata Illustria … Paris, Printed by J. Smith, 1825 (Lilly CS349 .B916S8). 1975


1832 Oct. 3 -   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. "Go, faithful Portrait!"

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Framed with photograph. Wordsworth Room. Sonnet published in The poetical works of William Wordsworth . London, Edward Moxon, 1837. vol. 3, p. 101 (Lilly PR 5850 1836d). Differs considerably from the published text.

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


1833 Jan. 4 -   Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859, poet. 5 York Buildings, New Road. To [Samuel Laman] Blanchard. Cannot accept the invitation because of a family engagement.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13cm.

  • Apparently pages 1 and 3, with page 2 lacking

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


1833 Jan. -   Shinn, W.C., fl. 1833. Collection of verses from favored authors.

Autograph Document Signed 149p. 19cm.

  • Bound

Purchased. 1967


1833 June 8 -   Upcott, William, 1779-1845, bibliographer. London Institution. To Abraham Lincolne, Esq., 33 Highbury Place. Suggests that Lincolne will "feel gratified" to see Byron’s English Bards aand Scotch Reviewers Illustrated by Mr. Lowell, a partner in the House of Bossange & Co., Great Marlborough Street.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.4cm.

  • Integral address leaf bears remnant of red seal.
  • Watermark: Charles Skipper London
  • Letter is laid in Byron’s English Bards and Scotch Reviewers , 1830-1834 (bound volume). English literature mss. See separate Calendar Card.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1833 Aug. 30 -   Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857, politician, author. To Edward Hawke Locker, Greenwich, [England]. Condition of Lord _____; Hopes to see him soon.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1966


1834 Feb. 18 -   Pierce, Egan, 1772-1849, author. Dublin, [Ireland]. To Benjamin [Nottingham] Webster, Esq., T.R.D.L., 2, Museum Street, Bloomsbury, [England] . … "I have used all the Art I am master of to persuade the Irish Public that The only place to see " Life in Dublin" is at the [..?.] The Actors are all upon the qui vive about the event…"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19cm.

  • Address on verso of letter

Removed from Egan, Finish … to the Life in London , London, Printed by C. Baynes… 1830 (Lilly PR4649 .E45L52). 1975


[1834] -   Martineau, Harriet, 1802-1876, author. Retrospect of Western Travel.

Autograph Document Signed 811p. 25cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Except for slight changes, as published in London, Saunders and Otley, 1838. (Lilly E165 .M33)
  • Three volumes in four. Bound in full green morocco.

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


1835 Sept. 7 -   Guiccioli, Teresa (Gamba) contessa [afterwards Boissy], 1800?-1873. To Dr. Lardner. "I shall wait for your letter with impatience natural to real friendships."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 14cm.

Removed from Guiccioli, Lord Byron juge par les temoins de sa vie . Richard Bentley, 1869. (Lilly PR4382 .G9 1869). 1967


1836 May 10 -   Bodham, Anne, cousin of Cowper. To Messrs. Baldwin and Cradock. Gives permission for the publication of William Cowper’s letters.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 22cm.

  • Accompanied by picture of Anne Bodham and William Cowper.

Purchased. 1966


1836 Sept. 7 -   Whewell, William, 1794-1866, author, editor. Glastonbury. To Andrew Crosse, Bromfield nr. Bridgewater./ "In consequence of the very interesting account of your experiments which you gave at Bristol, I am extremely desirous to see your apparatus and its results …the liberty of coming with my friend Mr. Conybeare …".

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 23cm.

  • On the address leaf Bridgewater is crossed out and Taunton written in

Source unknown. Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative Office. 1975


1840, Apr. 11 -   Knowles, James Sheridan, 1874-1862, actor, dramatist. [Akerfoyle?] via Stirling, Scotland. To [ William?} Moxon. "Your invitation reached me last night. But I am hard at work … Remind your Brother of his printing promise …".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 25cm.

Mounted between pages 124-125 of Robson, The Old Play-Goer , London, Joseph Masters, 1846. (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846) 1973


1842 Jan. 12 -   Rogers, Samuel, 1763-1855, poet. St. James’s Place, [London.] To "Dear Sir." Thanking him for a volume of poetry; "Volume intended for Mr. Wordsworth shall be carefully conveyed to him."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Removed from Recollections of the table-talk of Samuel Rogers … ed. by the late Rev. Alexander Dyce … New Southgate, H.A. Rogers, 1887 (PR5235 .A41). 1955


[1842 Feb. 7] -   Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863, novelist. 11 Avenue Fortunee, [Paris, France]. To Mr. Nickisson. 215 Regent Street. Concerns engravings and directions about them.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 7cm.

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


1842 Sept. 11 -   Marryat, Frederick, 1792-1848, novelist. To "My Dear Sir." "It is many years since I have had any critiques of my works – I am getting too old an Author for that."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 16cm.

Purchased. 1970


1843 Aug. 22 -   Brotherton, Augustus Henry, -1887, artist. Rome, [Italy]. To Frederick Tennyson,Boxley, Maidstone, Kent, Angleterre. Relates the story of Savile Morton who has stolen his mistress and may be writing a novel about it. Tennyson’s Boxes are in a safe place to which only he and Morton have access.
  • Address leaf bears traces of red wax seal and postal cancellation: Maidstone Se 2 1843

Purchased. 1985


1843 -   Osborne, Thomas James, Jr. Fugitive verses.

Autograph Document Signed [3] , 59, [5]p. 22cm.

  • Bound

Purchased. 1962


1844 Jan. 13 -   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. To "Dear Sir". Regrets that he has not replied partly because of pressure of engagements. "There is no species of composition upon which I should … pass judgement as an Epitaph…"

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 18cm.

  • The letter is noted by Russell Noyes in his article "An Unpublished letter by Wordsworth on Epitaphs." In Notes & Queries for February, 1975 (Ag 305 .N91)

Purchased. 1970


1844 Feb. 5 -   Moore, Thomas, 1779-1852, poet. To "Dear Sir." Expresses thanks for "interesting communication respecting Emmet".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

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


1844 June 26 -   Miller, Hugh, 1802-1856, author. Witness Office, [Edinburgh, Scotland]. To Daniel Frazer. 113 Buchanan Street, Glasgow [Scotland],. Thanks Frazer for his support. Returns two issues of the Banner of Ulster.

Autograph Letter Signed [2]p. 18.5 cm.

  • Enclosures not present.

Removed from What is criticism? … with introductory remarks by Hugh Miller. Ediburgh: Shepherd & Elliot …. 1855 (Lilly KD1960 .Z9 W55). 1982


1845, Mar. 3 -   Kemble, Charles, 1775-1854, actor. Albion Hotel, Manchester. To Mr. Radley. "I shall be in Liverpool early tomorrow—pray have my rooms in readiness…".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18 cm

Mounted facing page iv in Robson, The Old Play-Goer, London, Joseph Masters, 1846 (Lilly PN2594 .R6 1846). 1973


1846 Apr. 8 -   Keble, John, 1792-1866, divine. To "Dear Sir". Arranges for additions to his list of persons to receive presentation copies of his book.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 11cm.

Purchase. 1966


1846 Sept. 12 -   Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863, novelist. Kensington. To "Willie". Urging him to reform.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 24cm.

  • Forged by an English forger early in 1920’s. Information from David Anton Randall.

Gift. 1957


1847 July 2 -   Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton, Bulwer-Lytton, baron, 1803-1873, author. To "My dear Sir." "There might be obstacles to his appointment in the F.O."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20cm.

Removed from The last days of Pompeii. London, Richard Bentley, 1834 (Lilly PR4912 1834b. v. 3).

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


1847 July 21-1851 Feb. 10 -   Waugh, Edwin, 1817-1890, poet. Negative microfilm of a diary, Microfilmed by The Manchester Public Libraries, Manchester, England.

Transferred from the Main Library to the Manuscripts Department, Lilly Library by Martha Vicinus, Victorian Studies, Indiana University, March 18, 1971.


1847 Aug. 30 -   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. Rydal Mount, Ambleside. To "Dear Sir." "I have been… expecting … the Cast of the Boy with the Shell … but it has not arrived."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1969


[1847] -   Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873, actor. Clarence Terrace, Devonshire W. London, England. To Mr. Cunningham. "I shall not be ble to extend my wandering so far as Belfast this winter."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 11cm.

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


1848 Oct. 10 -   Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850, poet. Rydal Mount. To "My dear Sir." "The distressing circumstance of my Daughter-in-law’s somewhat sudden death in a foreign country gave a great shock to the Family."

Autograph Letter Signed 6p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1848 Oct. 30 -   Jones, Robert St. Clair, playwright. 33 Red Lion St., Red Lion Square. To [James Robertson] Anderson. Encloses his last new play entitled Robin Hood, written while Anderson was in America, and wishes him to "peruse it and forward [his] opinion."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Stationery edged in black.

Removed from author’s inscribed presentation copy of Robin Hood to Anderson: published in London by C. Harris, 1848 (Lilly PR4829 .J58R6). 1983


1848 Nov. 24 -   Ainsworth, William Harrison, 1805-1882, novelist. Conservation Club, Brighton, England. To "My dear Smith". "I have written to my Daughter to look up the Maps and Drawings of the Battle Field… and to leave them with you."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • "Ainsworth prohibited the publication of his own letters." DNB

Purchased. 1972


1849 Mar. 27 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Devonshire Terrace, [London, England]. To [Frances Maria] Kelly. 30 Moscow Road, Bayswater. Concerns dramatic matters.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

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


[1849] July 25 -   Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863, novelist. Kensington. To My dear Madam. "… must dine with the Printers devil [who is] sitting in the hall now waiting for copy." Has been out of town for ten days or would have come for a cup of tea and news "about the Duchess of Manfredonia."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Illustrated with pen and ink sketch of young boy, "printers devil," sitting in chair.
  • Dated: Wednesday, July 25.
  • Year determined by perpetual calendar and footnotes in Letters and Private Papers of William Makepeace Thackeray , edited by Gordon N. Ray, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 1946, Vol. II, pages 238 and 569 (Lilly PR5631 ,A3R26 1945).

Formerly in the library of Josephine Tucker.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1850 July 26 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Devonshire Terrace, London, England. To Henry Ashworth. Expresses thanks for the pamphlet sent him.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

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