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English literature mss., 1851-1900

Papers, 1851-1900, of English literature at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Repository
Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Fax: 812-855-3143
Email: liblilly@indiana.edu

Title
English literature mss.,1851-1900

Collection No.
LMC 1334

Extent
172 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.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains mostly correspondence from major figures in English literature between 1851-1900. 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., 1801-1850
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.


1851 Feb. 25 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. 1 Devonshire Terrace, [London, England]. To Captain Dickering Clarke. Concerns a speech at Mr. Macready’s dinner.

Autograph Letter 1p. 14cm.

  • Letter written in third person and in another hand.

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


1851, Sept. 15 -   Tuomey, J.C. Bannow, Ross, [Ireland]. To Rev. J[ames] Graves. "I have received the ‘Transactions’ for which I beg to thank you. 12 months ago when I first saw your paper on Bannow, I was delighted, and when to day I look at both papers I am bettered pleased."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18.5 cm.

  • Letter refers to "The Bay and Town of Bannow. No. 1 by James Graves" and "The Bay and Town of Bannow. No. 2" by J.C. Tuomey in Transactions of the Kilkenny Archaeological Society , Vol. 1. part II (1850), p. 187-210. (Main DA900 .R88 v. 1)

Tipped in after p. 68 of Richard Stanyhurst… De rebus in Hibernia gestis …. Antverpiae: apud Christopheoum Plantinum, 1584. (Lilly DA930 .S79) 1986


1851 Nov. 21 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Tavistock House, [London, England]. To F[rederick] M[ullett] Evans. Refers to the announcement of the publication date for the first volume of A Child’s History of England.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

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


1852 Mar. 3 -   Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881, essayist. Chelsea, [England]. To [William] Maccall."Various things of your have come to me… which I… prize as very high and rare."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 21cm.

Removed from the Lilly copy of Carlyle’s The French revolution … London, James Fraser, 1837. vol. 1. (Lilly DC148 .C18 1837).

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


1852 Oct. 27 -   Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881, essayist. The Grange. To [Leigh] Hunt. Refers to German word translation and use.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

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


1852, Oct. -   An account from a Lancaster newspaper about a law suit between Thomas Birkbeck, complainant and William Carr, defendant.

Autograph Document 8p. 16cm.

Bound in William Carr, Fiat Justitia, Ruat Coelum . Lancaster, T.W. Witton, 9th October, 1852. (Lilly PR4452 .C43F6). 1968


1853 May 15 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Tavistock House, [London, England]. To George Hodder. Mentions Wright, Arnold and Charles Mathews in connection with the formation of a cast to act "for Miss Kelly’s benefit."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

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


1853 Oct. 28 -   Hall, Samuel Carter, 1800-1889, author, editor. To [George Virtue?]. Sends copy of book; discusses possibilities of illustrations for it.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 19cm.

Purchased. 1966


1854 Feb. 15 -   Boucicault, Dion, 1822-1890, actor, plawright. Revere House, Boston. To P[hineas] T[aylor] Barnum, Esquire. "On Friday week 24th I intend deo volente to give my lecture ‘My literary life or the adventures of an Author in London’ for the benefit of the object you have suggested."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19 cm.

  • Accompanied by picture of Boucicault in an acting role.

Purchased. 1974


1855 Mar. 12 -   Austin, Sarah (Taylor), 1793-1867, translator. Weybridge, Surrey. To Mademoiselle d’Henin. Requests that she may copy a letter in d’Henin’s possession written to her daughter, now Lady [Lucie (Austin)] Duff-Gordon, by Sydney Smith.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 13.3 cm.

  • Written in third person.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1855 Mar. 15 -   Austin, Sarah (Taylor), 1793-1867, translator. Weybridge, [Surrey]. To Mlle d’Henin. Returns the letter [of Sydney Smith to Lady Duff-Gordon] with thanks. Feels that her own autograph is "too insignificant to be kept."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 11cm.

  • Written in third person
  • Accompanied by the above-mentioned letter, dated July 22, 1835: Smith, Sydney, 1771-1845, clergyman. To Lucy [i.e., Lucie (Austin) Duff-Gordon]. Offers advice on her conduct and says she must "mind her arithmetic." Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18.3 cm.
  • Published in A Memoir of the Reverend Sydney Smith , by his daughter Lady Holland with a Selection from his letters, edited by Mrs. Austin, in two vols. New York, Harper and Bros., 1855. Vol. II, page 345 (Main PR5458 .A4) and in Janet Ross, Three Generations of English Women , London,T. Fisher Unwin, 1893, pages 432-434 (Main DA562 .R8)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1855 Apr. 17 -   Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863, novelist. To "My dear Jo". Accepts invitation.

Autograph Card Signed 8cm.

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


1855 July 25 -   Kingsley, Charles, 1819-1875, author. Winchfield. To "My Dear Sir." Refers to a sketch relative to Miss Mitford’s memorial.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 13cm.

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


1855 July 28 -   Hall, Mrs. Anna Maria (Fielding), 1800-1881, author. To George Virtue. Recommends a manuscript by Mrs. Somerville Brodripe, daughter of Thomas Hood.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 16cm.

Purchased. 1966


1855 Oct. 10 -   Lytton, Edward George Earle Lytton, Bulwer-Lytton, baron, 1803-1873, author. To "Helas ma chere Enfant." Sends compliments and proposes exchange of visits.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 19cm.

  • In French

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.


1856 June 2 -   Owen, Sir Richard, 1804-1892 , naturalist. East Sheen Lodge. To Lady Emily Ponsonby. "Professor Owen presents his … thanks for the Kind offer of the Caffre’s skull…"

Autograph Letter 3p. 18cm.

  • Third person letter

Purchased. 1975


1856, Oct. 12 -   Phelps, Samuel, 1804-1878, actor, manager. Sadler’s Wells Theatre. To "Dear K." "It was Dicky Suett, the Comedian, who was wont to cry out ‘O la!’ He I think was the author of the following quaint lines-"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 16.5 cm.

In ink on verso of front free endpaper of The Law and lawyers laid open, in twelve visions …. London: Printed for T. Woodman… and J. Chrichley,… 1737 (Lilly PN6231 .L4 L4). 1985.


1856 Dec. 10 -   Cunningham, Peter, 1816-1869, editor, critic. Kensington. To Henry D. Churchill. Returns a volume he borrowed and sends another of his own for Churchill to read.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18.1cm.

  • Letterhead: Exhibition of Art Treasures of the United Kingdom Manchester 1857.
  • Accompanied by undated note from John Hamilton Reynolds, 1796-1852, poet, to "My dear C" (possibly Henry D. Churchill) Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 13cm.

Removed from Law, Ernest Philip Alphonse. More about Shakespeare "forgeries …" London, G. Bell & Sons, Ltd., 1913 (Lilly PR2893 .L43). 1988


1857 May 13 -   McCarthy, Justin, 1830-1912, author, politician. "Northern Lines," Liverpool, [England]. To F[erdinand] Freiligrath. Discusses the recent translations of Freiligrath’s poetry which McCarthy has just mailed to him. "… every honest translator must confess to frequent doubt as to whether he has thoroughly appreciated the meaning and force of his original."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 20cm.

  • Accompanied by a tear sheet from The Bookman for [1912?] with a drawing of "The late Justin McCarthy" by George Thomson

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1857 May 29 -   Carlyle, Thomas, 1795-1881, essayist. Chelsea [England]. To "Dear Madam". Refers to requisites for writing a "properly annotated edition of Wilhelmina."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 17cm.

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


1858 July 2-1964 Jan. 29 -   Hogarth Club, [London, England]. Minutes.

Autograph Document [197]p. 22cm.

  • Bound
  • In ink
  • Hogarth Club was a private society of artists which was named for the English humorist painter, William Hogarth.

Purchased. 1965


1859 Jan. 4 -   Kean, Charles John, 1811-1868, actor. To "Dear Sir". This will be his last year of management. It is expected that the crowds will be too large in the small theatre to admit free visitors.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • The envelope and enclosure were not received at the time of purchase

Purchased. 1969


1859 May 1 -   Macready, William Charles. 1793-1873, actor. Sherborne House. To [The Rev. E.L.] Henning. "Can you give me the number of recipients in our St Crispin Soc[iety]—or about the number?"

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 13cm.

  • Crest and stationery bordered in black

Purchased. 1975


1859 Nov. 10 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Tavistock House, Tavistock Square, London W.C. [England]. Gto [Cornelius Conway] Felton. "To the American Readings, I have not seen my way at all." Answers three question about an article for the Journal. Has been devoting his time to The Tale of Two Cities.

Autograph Letter 3pp. 18-20-cm.

  • First two pages in blue ink on gray stationery with letterhead, watermarked: [WH?] ATMAN
  • Last page copied in another hand in black ink on cream paper: original of last page in Houghton Library, Harvard University.
  • Two errors in transcription: "… approval, come…" should read "… approval. Come…"; "Affec’ly should read "Affecy."

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


1860 Dec. 20 -   Macready, William Charles, 1793-1873, actor. 6 Wellington Square, Cheltenham. [The Rev. E.L.] Henning. "It was not without some twinges that I read in your most lucid letter the account of the ill-spirited boys in the School. No doubt the removal of the Fish chap to the Institution was needful… To Mrs. Henning my especially warmest regards with a ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year’".

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 13cm.

Purchased. 1975


[18]61 Jan. 27 -   Gladstone, William Ewart, 1809-1899, statesman. To Quaritch, B[ernard]. "It occurs to me that I have never seen a proof of the leaf with The Latin inscription for the book. Can the printer have forgotten this?"

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 19cm.

Purchased. 1969


[1861] Apr. 29 -   Wood, Mrs. Ellen (Price), 1814-1887, novelist. May Banks Villa, Gipsy H., Upper Norwa. To Chapman & Hall. Concerns the publication of East Lynne.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

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


1861 Aug. 1 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Office of All the Year Round. A Weekly Journal Conducted by Charles Dickens, No. 26, Wellington Street, Strand , London. W.C. Initialled receipt

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 12.7 cm.

Removed from Halliday, Andrew. Sunnyside Papers. London, Tinsley Brothers, 1866 (Lilly PR4735 .H7 S8) 1993


1861 Oct. 9 -   Campbell, Thomas, 1777-1844, poet. No. 8 . Victoria Square Pimlico. To Miss Gordon, "I beg you will not consider it as a mark of forgetfulness… that I have not returned your visit. I am still annoyed with rheumatism, walking is a fatigue to me… --Besides my time is at present very much monopolized by my niece…".

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 20cm.

Purchased. 1975


1861 Dec. 30 -   Boyd, Andrew Kennedy Hutchinson, 1825-1899, clergyman. 11 Fettes Row,Edinburgh, Scotland. To Sir [William] Stirling [-Maxwell]. "Let me beg your acceptance of a Vol. of papers from Fraser which I send by this post."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 15cm.

Removed from Boyd, Leisure hours in town, London, Parker Son and Bourn, 1862 (Lilly PR4161 .B45). 1972


1862 May 14 -   Du Chaillu, Paul Belloni, 1835-1903, author, traveler. To Mr. and Mrs. [Joseph Beete] Jukes. Du Chaillu accepts with pleasure their invitation for dinner on May 19th.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Paper watermarked: 1861.
  • Du Chaillu’s name and dates typed across the top of the note.

Removed from Du Chaillu, Explorations and adventures in equatorial Africa… London, John Murray, 1861. (Lilly DT356 .D826E96). 1979


[1862] July 21 -   Molesworth, Mary Louisa (Stewart), 1842-1921, author. 19 Sumner Place. To [Joshua] Toulmin Smith. Asks him to call "on Friday at tea time, 5 to 6." She finds it much easier to speak than to write."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • Dated: Monday, July 21

Removed from Molesworth, The Cuckoo Clock, London, Macmillan, 1877 (Lilly PZ7 .M719 C9 1877).

Gift. 1986


1862 Aug. 12 -   Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892. Tuesday. To [Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, marquis of Dufferin and Ava] "Dear Lord Dufferin." Yields gracefully to an opinion concerning an inscription which he had previously sent to Lord Dufferin.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

Removed from Alfred Tennyson, Idylls of the King . London. Edward Moxon & Co. 1862 (Lilly PR5558 .A1 1862a). 1970


1862 Dec. 22 -   Manning, Anne, 1807-1879, author. Reigate Hill, Surrey. To John Farley, Esq., Ashford, Kent. She is sending a pocket copy of her "Household of Sir Thomas More" which will serve as a reminder of the poor of Lancashire folks and continues by discussing the measures being adopted to help them.

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 15cm.

  • Accompanied by cover

Purchased. 1969


1864 Feb. 9 -   Woolner, Thomas, 1825-1892, sculptor, poet. 29 Welbeck Street W. To "Dear Sir." Refers to casts of A. Tennyson’s bust and also a medallion of Tennyson made by Woolner.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Poems by Alfred Tennyson. London, Edward Moxon and Co., 1859. (Lilly PR5551 .A1 1859). 1966


1864 Mar. 23 -   Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of, 1804-1881, prime minister. Grosvenor Gate. To [Sir Philip] Rose. Deals with The revolutionary epick.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Removed from The revolutionary epick. By Disraeli the Younger. London, E. Moxon, 1834. (Lilly PR4084 .R45) 1967


1864 Apr. 3 -   Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli, 1st earl of, 1804-1881, prime minister. Hughenden Manor. To [Sir Philip] Rose. Concerns The revolutionary epick.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Removed from The revolutionary epick. By Disraeli the Younger. London, E. Moxon, 1834. (Lilly PR4084 .R45). 1967


1864 Apr. -   Taylor, Sir Henry, 1800-1886, poet. Writtten on the occasion of Garibaldi’s visit to Tennyson at Farringford April 1864.

Autograph Document Signed 1 leaf. 37cm. Folio.

  • To Julia Duckworth pencilled in following the word Written in the title.
  • In ink on blue paper.
  • Four verses of four lines each.
  • Verses 2 and 3 published inHallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson, A Memoir by his son , London, Macmillan and Co., 1898, vol. 3, page 2 (Lilly PR5550 .E98)
Writings appended on an adjoining page include:
  • 1) Taylor, Sir Henry, 1880-1886, poet. To -----. Autograph Document Signed 1 leaf. 37cm. Two verses of four lines each in ink, [1864?];
  • 2) Garibaldi, Giuseppe, 1807-1882, Italian patriot. Carmi dei sepulcri di Ugo Foscolo. Autograph Document 1 leaf 18cm. Penned on Tennyson’s stationery on the occasion of his visit, Apr. 8, 1864;
  • 3) Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892 , poet . Written by Garibaldi in my room, Apr. 8, 1864. Autograph Document Signed 1 leaf 18cm. The Tennyson stationery is pasted on the leaf of Taylor’s poem To -----, [1864?].
  • Acompanying the above pieces are two undated photographs of Tennyson, 25x20cm. Both present him in a seated position, one wearing hat and cloak, the other with hat in hand and cloak on chair.

Acquired in 1964. Accessioned in 1975


1865 Feb. 9 -   Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, 1828-1882, painter, poet. 16 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea [England]. To Mr. Wilkins. Concerns some private printing on gold paper.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

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


1865 July 10 -   Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. Denmark Hill, S. To Richard Gray, Esq., 34 Bath St., Largs, [Scotland]. "I send you for Mrs. Gray, my own old copy of the Rivers of France – it is well worn, but only by me… They are the best engravings ever done from Turner, except a few vignettes to Roger’s poems…".

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Across the top a note in pencil giving the progress of the letter: "London July 10th Largs July 11th Rec’d 13 th Ansd 14 July 1865": date taken from this note and from postmark
  • Accompanied by envelope bearing a one penny stamp
  • Partially published in The Complete Works of John Ruskin , London, George Allen, 1912, Vol. 38, page 332 (Lilly PR5251 .C771), in which Henry Yates Thompson is mentioned as previous owner of The Rivers of France and this letter.

Removed from Leitch Ritchie, The Rivers of France from drawings by J.M.W. Turner… London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, & Longman, 1837 (Lilly DC611 .L81R6). 1977


1865 Dec. 12 -   Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870, novelist. Check drawn to Mrs. Lane or bearer for ten pounds.

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 8cm.

  • Partly printed

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


1866 July 30 -   Buchanan, Robert Williams, 1841-1901, poet. Bexhill [Sussex, England]. To Dr. [John] Doran. States that he is enclosing the notice of [Algernon Charles] Swinburne’s "Poems & Ballads", and that he found it to be "the silliest and nastiest book I have seen in years."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17.6cm.

  • In ink on black bordered stationery

Removed from Robert Williams Buchanan, London Poems. London, A. Strahan, 1866 (Lilly PR4262 .L84). 1980


1866 Oct. 4 -   Owen, Sir Richard, 1804-1892, naturalist. British Museum. To James [Thomas] Law. Discussion of Owen’s plan of events with regard to a lecture being given at the Philosophical Institution, Bradford.

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

Purchased. 1975


1868 July 29 -   Kinglake, Alexander William, 1809-1891, historian. 28, Hyde Park Place, Marble Arch. To [Charles James] Lever. "I cannot tell you how deeply it gratifies me to know that you are able to speak as you do of my attempt to record the strange day of Balaclava."

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1869 Apr. 24 -   Reid, Mayne, 1818-1883, novelist. 33 Union Square. To General Wilson . Regrets he cannot comply with request. Will promote name of Halleck.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

Removed from vol. 1 of Reid’s The rifle rangers . London, William Shoberl, 1850. (Lilly PR5219 .R26R5)

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


1869 Oct. 11 -   LeFanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873, author. Dublin. To "My dear Sir." Dublin university magazine ; his writing.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Removed from LeFanu’s Chronicles of Golden Friars . London, R. Bentley, 1871. 3 vols. (Lilly PR4879 .L7C45). 1963


1869 -   Cooper, George, 1820-1876, organist. Sweet Genevieve,

Autograph Document Signed 1p. 35cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Accompanied by a printed copy.

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


[1870] Jan. 20 -   Swinburne, Algernon Charles, 1837-1909, author. Holmwood, Henley on Thames. To "Dear John". Asks assistance in having a certain letter and paper forwarded to him.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 13cm.

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


1870 May 23 -   Marston, John Westland, 1819-1890, poet. 9, Northumberland Terrace, Regent’s Park Road, N.W. To Mr. Black. An invitation to meet with Rosetti, Swinburne, Morris, and Kent on the 29th at nine o’clock.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 18cm.

  • In ink on mourning paper: Marston’s wife died in 1870
  • Recipient of letter may be the novelist, William Black, 1841-1898.
  • See letter of Marston to William Hepworth Dixon for May 23, 1870, in Dixon mss.

Purchased. 1979


1870 Dec. 7 -   LeFanu, Joseph Sheridan, 1814-1873, author. Dublin. To "My dear Sir." LeFanu’s Chronicles of Golden Friars.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Removed from LeFanu’s Chronicles of Golden Friars . London, R. Bentley, 1871. 3 vols. (Lilly PR4879 .L7C45). 1963


1870-1918 -   Extra-illustrations in a 1868 edition of Edward Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam .

Autograph & Printed Documents Signed, 18 items, [71]p. 20.2cm.

  • Bound by Fazakerley, Liverpool .
  • Inside covers distinguished by butterflies and flowering vines.
Contents:
  • 3 bookplates: Edward Fitzgerald’s William Robinson, William Simpson;
  • 1 document: Sales record of the first 4 editions of Fitzgerald’s Rubaiyat, 1900, Mar.-1918, July;
  • 1 drawing: watercolor of Omar Khayyam’s Tomb, by William Simpson, 1884, Oct. 27;
  • 2 letters: James Roberts Brown to Robinson, 1900, Apr., and Bernard Quaritch to Simpson, 1893, Jan. 23;
  • 2 portraits: Edward Fitzgerald and William Simpson;
  • 5 printed items, some with annotations, including the 1868 edition of Fitzgerald’s The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, autographed by Simpson in 1870;
  • 4 views: 3 of Fitzgerald’s homes and 1 of his grave.
  • For complete details, see Inventory.

Gift. 1986


[18]73 May 26 -   Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire, [England]. To G[eorge] Allen, Heathfield Cottage, Keston, Kent, [England]. "Please say That I find I have no sketches fit for the writers purpose." He also objects to the notice that says "sold only by Mr. Allen."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by cover and transcript of letter.
  • Laid in the folder is a pencilled letter of uncertain authenticity of John Ruskin to George Allen, 1876, Apr. 7.

Removed from The Works of John Ruskin, edited by E.T. Cook and Alexander Wedderburn, London, George Allen, 1912 (Lilly PR5251 . C771) 1971


[1873] Aug. 22 -   Reade, Charles, 1814-1884, novelist, dramatist. 2 Albert Terrace, Knightsbridge, [England]. To "Dear Sir." "Chapman & Hall have treated with me for the right to produce a 3d edition."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

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


1873 Dec. 17 -   Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889, novelist. St. James Hotel, [London, England]. To Jere Abbott. Inquires about a dinner invitation.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

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


1874 Jan. 30 -   Fitzgerald, Edward, 1809-1883, poet. Grange Farm, Woodbridge. To "Dear Sir." Congratulates his correspondent on his nomination to Bredfield and Petiston.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

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


[1874 June 25] -   Ritchie, Anne Isabella Thackeray, 1837-1919, novelist. Kensington. To H. Pym. Thanks him for "the real service you have rendered us"

Autograph Letter Signed [4]p. 18cm.

  • Date from accompanying cover. Apparently refing to Pym’s help in discovering the forger of a work by her father.

Removed from Ritchie, Anne Thackeray. The Village on the Cliff. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1867 (Lilly PR5227 .R49V71) 1993


1875 Mar. 6 -   Reid, Mayne, 1818-1883, novelist. Laugham Hotel, Laugham Place, London, [England]. To Editor of the Chronicle. Concerns a review of The death shot.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from vol. 1 of Reid’s The death shot . London, Chapman and Hall, 1873. (Lilly PR5219 .R26D4)

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


1872 May 2 -   Lewes, Mrs. Marian Evans, 1819-1880, novelist. The Priory, 21 North Bank, Regents Park. To Mr.[Oscar] Browning. Expresses thanks for the medal and "shall preserve it as a remembrance … of your friendship." Refers to small railway journeys they will need to take before they select a place to settle.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

  • Printed in Gordon S[herman] Haight, ed., The George Eliot Letters. New Haven, [Connecticutt], Yale University Press, 1955, 7 vols., Vol. 5, p. 270. (PR4681 .A3H14 1955 v.5).

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


1872 Dec. 31 -   Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. To Sir J[ames] T[homas] Knowles, The Hollies, Clapham Common, S.W. "Watts writes that he will be proud to paint so good & great a man as Martineau… I will send The Epilogue tomorrow…".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Date taken from envelope

Source unknown. Acquired about 1964; accessioned 1975


[1873] Feb 1 -   Reade, Charles, 1814-1884, novelist, dramatist. 2 Albert Terrace, Knightsbridge, [England]. To "Dear Sir." Refers to interview with the printers of Simpleton.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

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


1876 Sept. 13 -   Linton, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lynn), 1822-1898, author. London. To [A.H. Dooley, Terre Haute, Ind.] Thanks him for "offer of making me better known in America;" has no portrait.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 21cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Removed from E. Lynn Linton’s Witch stories, collected by E. Lynn Linton … London, Chapman and Hall, 1861 (Lilly PR1111 .G6L5 1861). 1964


1878 Jan. 24 -   Wood, Mrs. Ellen (Price), 1814-1887, novelist. 16 St. John’s Wood Park, London, [England]. To A.M. Irving. Regrets the delay in replying "your note", but was away from home and after her return ill.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21cm.

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


1878 Nov. 25 -   Browning, Robert, 1812-1889, poet. 19 Warwick Crescent, w. [London, England]. To Mr. Browning. Regrets inability to accept invitation.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

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


[18]79 Aug. 9 -   Fitzgerald, Edward, 1809-1883, poet. Woodbridge. To Mrs. White. Conveys his thanks for her "kind messages" transmitted through Miss Bland and his niece; he continues: "I felt assured from what you said last year that I might use your permission to go over my old Bredfield Grounds…" Now he is "going off to Lowestoff to meet some very old Friends."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18.2 cm.

  • Note at top of second page: To Mrs. White. Woodbridge 9.4.79
  • Mrs. White continued to reside at Bredfield House, Fitzgerald’s birthplace, in 1904 (see Thomas Wright, The Life of Edward Fitzgerald , 2 vols. London, Grant Richards, 1904: Lilly PR4703 .W8).

Purchased. 1984


1879 Nov. 27 -   Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck, 1836-1911, dramatist. 27 Waverly Place, [London, England]. To "Dear Mr. Brooks." Sends stalls for Monday with his compliments.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

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


1879 Nov.-1898 July 10 -   Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912, author. Tennysoniana.

Autograph Document [13] leaves. 23 cm.

  • Cover bears a holograph summary of the contents and a printed identification: Bram Stoker Collection of Autographs.
Contents:
  • Stoker’s notes (excerpts from his diary cut out and pasted on the pages) on Alfred Tennyson used for his Personal Reminiscences of Henry Irving , London, William Heinemann, 1906 (Lilly PN2598 .T7S8 2 vols);
  • press cutting from Theatre about Tennyson’s Becket with corrections by Dr. G[eorge Henry Roque] Dabbs to Bram Stoker, Feb. 5, 1893, in which he is obliged to return his theatre ticket for Becket. Autograph Letter Signed 2 leaves 18cm.

Acquired about 1964; accessioned 1975


1880 Apr. 8 -   Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of Wight. To [Robert Williams]. "Accept my thanks for Y Seint Greal. I would have given much for the book some years ago… it is very welcome to me now, tho’ I cannot read the Welsh."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1969


1880 Aug. 14 -   Van Voorst, John, 1804-1898, publisher. 1 Paternoster Row, London [England]. To J[onathan] Rashleigh, Esq. Stating sizes of paper used in the first, second and third editions of "Yarrell’s Fishes" [sic].

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 20.5cm.

  • "P.W.B.J." below signature.
  • Watermark reads: Original Turkey Mill Kent

Removed from William Yarrell’s A History of British Fishes …. London. J. van Voorst, 1836 (Lilly QL633 .G78Y2). 1979


1880 Aug. 18 -   Van Voorst, John, 1804-1898, publisher. 1 Paternoster Row, London, [England]. To J[onatha]n Rashleigh, Esq. Concerns differences between the Royal and Demy editions of "Yarrell’s Fishes" [sic].

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 20.5cm.

  • "P.W.B.J." below signature
  • Watermark reads: Original Turkey Mill Kent

Removed from William Yarrell’s A History of British Fishes …. London. J. van Voorst, 1836 (Lilly QL633 .G78Y2). 1979


1880 Nov. 12 -   Hogarth, Georgina, 1827-1917, sister-in–law of Charles Dickens. 11 Strathmore Gardens, Kensington, W., [London, England]. To "Dear Sir." Expresses thanks for copies of Charles Dickens letters to J.W.Edward Chapman.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

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


1881 May 26 -   Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, baron, 1809-1892, poet. Aldworth, Haslemere, Surrey. To [Sir Joseph Norman] Lockyer. "I can’t give you a description of the pink rainbow, for when I was called to look upon it the bow had assumed its usual colours, which were however very faint."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1969


1881 July 9 -   Tennyson, Emily (Sellwood) Lady, 1813-1896, wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Aldworth, Haslemere, Surrey. To Mrs. [Anne (Burrows)] Gilchrist. We hope that you will r eceive our dear Charles’ Sonnets… as a proof that we have thought of you in this terrible time… our Baby Charlie had scarletena…".

Autograph Letter Signed 5 pp. 17cm.

  • Embossed letterhead, paper bordered in black.

Purchase. 1975


1881 July 14 -   Longman, Thomas Norton, 1849-1930, publisher. 39 Paternoster Row, London, E.C. To Sir Philip Rose, Bart., 1 Cromwell Road S.W. [London]. Refers to Disraeli’s The revolutionary epick .

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 23cm.

Removed from The revolutionary epick. By Disraeli the Younger. London, E. Moxon, 1834. (Lilly PR4084 .R45) 1967


1881 Aug. 25 -   Tennyson, Emily Sarah (Sellwood) Lady, 1813-1896, wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson. Aldworth, Haslemore, Surrey. To Mr. Macmillan. "I…saw the bow fire pink colours for a very little time just at sunset then I saw a faint dull olive green at the lower edge."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1969


1881 Sept. 30 -   Hildyard, James, 1809-1887, classical scholar. Ingoldsby. To "Dear Sir." "I am sorry to say I cannot help you to such a work as you name. Tillotson is very diffuse on the subject, but his works have long ceased to be printed in a separate form."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970.


1882 Oct. 4 -   Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894, poet. 30 Torrington Square, London, W.C., England. To Mrs. Eliza Anna (Farman) Pratt. Refers to the publication of her Xmas carol in Wide Awake.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

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


1882 Nov. 12 -   Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton, 1823-1896, poet. Hastings. To [Richard] Garnett."…’thanks for your selections of Shelley’s letters… They are very good, but Mr. Arnold is more than usually absurd when he rates them above the poems".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p, 21cm.

Purchased. 1975


1883 Apr. 28 -   Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. Coniston, Lancashire. To [Frederic?] Leighton. Will come next year, if he lives and is in England, but cannot add such an excitement to the new tasks thrown on him by return to Oxford.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 17cm.

  • Framed.

Gift. 1941


1883 Dec. 12 -   Ruskin, John, 1819-1900, author. Brantwood, Coniston, Lancashire, [England]. To "My dear Sir." "I shall be delighted to send you some books for a Christmas present."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by a picture of a photograph of Ruskin.

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


1884 Mar. 20 -   Watson, Sir William, 1858-1935, poet. Cressingham Park, Liverpool. To J.S. Cotton, "It was kind of you to send me the New York Critic containing Stedman’s letter about my Epigrams…Needless to say, I was very pleased with the Academy notice of my poems."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf 18cm.

Removed from Watson, Epigrams of art, life, and nature … Liverpool, Gilbert G. Walmsley, 1884 (Lilly PR5752 .E64). 1974


1884 June 16 -   Iddesleigh, Stafford Henry Northcote, 1st earl of, 1818-1887, statesman. 30, St. James’s Place, S.W. [London, England]. To H[enry]H[ucks] Gibbs, [Baron Aldenham]. Thanks him for the book. Says he is interested in St. Katherine, "but [I] absolutely refuse to disbelieve in her."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

Removed from The Life and martyrdom of Saint Katherine of Alexandria …, edited by Henry Hucks Gibbs. London: Nichols and sons, 1884 (Lilly PR1105 .R7 1884a). 1982


1884 Sept. 2 -   Ross, Charles Henry, 1842-1897, editor. "Judy" Office, 99 Shoe Lane, E.C., London. To Mr. Dalziel. "I should esteem it a great favour if you could let me have 10 pounds on account….I enclose the two best notions I can hit on for theatrical book cover."

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 21cm.

  • Blue ink
  • Recipient of letter is probably one of the Brothers Dalziel, artists, engravers: George, 1815-1902; Edward, 1817-1905; Thomas, 1823-1906

Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative Office in December, 1976. 1977


[1885], Jan. 21 -   Buchanan, Robert Williams, 1841-1901, poet. 42 East 23rd St[reet], Madison Square, [New York?]. To [Henry Chandler] Bowen. Acknowledges receipt of check, regrets that "… much as I should like to send you correspondence, I could not do so on the terms you mention…"

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Tipped in following front endpaper of Buchanan, The Fleshly school of poetry and other phenomena of the day . London , Strahan & co., 1872 (Lilly PR594 .B92). 1985


1885 Jan. 23 -   Tennyson Frederick, 1807-1898, poet. St. Ewald’s Jersey. To John F. Baron. 68 Griffin St[reet], Witton, Blackburn. Refers to the death of his wife and his interest in Swedenborgian and spiritualism.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 21cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Purchased. 1966


[18]85 Feb. 28 -   Browning, Robert, 1812-1889, poet. [London]. To [Charles Lee Lewes] Regrets he cannot attend concert on the 13th.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17cm.

Gift.


1885 May 5 -   Rossetti, Christina Georgina, 1830-1894, poet. Autograph with address and quotation.

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 14cm.

Removed from her The prince’s progress and other poems … London, Macmillan & co., 1866. (Lilly PR5237 .P8) 1964


1885 June 8 -   Newman, John Henry, 1801-1890, cardinal. To [Henry Hucks Gibbs, Baron Aldenham]. "I shall be much pleased and grateful for your Life of St. Katherine."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 11.5 cm.

Removed from The Life and Martyrdom of Saint Katherine of Alexandria … edited by Henry Hucks Gibbs. London: Nichols and sons, 1885 (Lilly PR1105 .R7 1884a). 1982


1885, Dec. 21 -   Shelley, Jane (Gibson), lady, -1899. Boscombe, [England]. Shelley’s separation from his first wife.

Autograph Document Signed [3]p. 21cm.

  • Shelved in Vault.
  • Written in ink on front flyleaves of volume 1 Rosalie Glynn Grylls, Mary Shelley; a biography . New York: Haskell House, 1969 (Main Library, PR5398 .G8 1969), p. 269-271, transcribes document and notes "…made by Lady Shelley in all copies" but Robert Metcalf Smith, The Shelley legend., Port Washington, N.Y.: Kennikat Press, 1967 (PR5431 .S66 1967), p. 190n notes "The Yale copy does not contain it."
  • Varies slightly from Grylls’ transcription

In [Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Shelley], Shelley and Mary. London: J. and P.F. Shelley, 1882 (Lilly PR5431 .A4 1882 vol . 1 vault). 1985


1886 Jan. 5 -   Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889, novelist. 90 Gloucester Place, Portman Square W., London, [England]. To Charles Townsend, [Lansingburgh, New York]. Acknowledges friendly letter from correspondent.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 15cm.

  • Accompanied by an eight-line quotation from "The woman in white." Autograph Document Signed 1p.15cm and cover 11cm.

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


1886 Feb. 6 -   Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st earl of, 1831-1891, poet, statesman. Knebworth, [England]. To "Dear Sir". Writes that in view of "the altered circumstances of the political situation" he can no longer undertake to forward the Memorial or do more than to add his signature to the Memorial.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 pp. 18cm.

Removed from Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Serbski pesme , London, 1861. (Lilly duplicate, discarded). 1977


1886 Apr. 3 -   Dasent, Sir John Roche, 1847-1914, assistant secretary, Board of Education. To Mr. Groom. "Please give this book a good place."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18.8cm.

  • Embossed letterhead: Privy Council Office

Removed from Frederick Locker-Lampson, Rowfant Library: a catalogue … London: Printed for presenation, 1886 (Lilly Z997 .L81 L81 1886). 1992


1886 Nov. 11 -   Coleridge, Hon. Stephen, 1854-1936, author, artist. Demetrius.

Autograph Document Signed [214] p. 26.5cm.

  • Bound in half red leather and green buckram
  • Carries Stephen Coleridge bookplate
  • On front free endpaper: This is the original manuscript of my Demetrius published by Messrs Kegan Paul Trench & Co. in 1887
  • Initialed and dated on last page: finished the 11th of November 1886 at 12 Ovington Gardens S.W.

Purchase. 1993


1886 Nov. 16 -   Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. Athenaeum Club, Pall Mall S.W. To John Eliot Bowen, Esq., The Independent, 251 Broadway, New York, U.S. Sending Letter IV about Longfellow’s poems. "I have somehow convinced myself that Longfellow is a much better poet than I have supposed, but it is quite honest."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 15cm.

  • Year penciled in and partially determined from postmark
  • Name of addressee from envelope which accompanies letter
  • Verso of envelope bears notes related to literature: Society Verse, Decay of Wordsworth, etc.

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


[18]87 Feb. 18 -   Ritchie, Sir Richmond Thackeray, 1854-1912, government official. India Office, Whitehall, S.W. To [Thomas Anstey] Guthrie. "I have been thinking about the questions you asked me at Southmead about the Indian career of your heroine’s father; and, after going through the Bengal Civil List, it seems to me that he had better be in the Opium Department, which at any rate sounds Oriental & promises local colours."

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 19cm.

Removed from Guthrie, The Pariah. London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1889 (Lilly PR4729 .G5P23). 1974


[18]87 June 30 -   Brown, Ford Madox, 1821-1893. 90, Brook Green, West Kensington Park, W. To [Harry] Buxton Forman.

Autograph Letter Signed, 2p. 18cm.

  • Concerns placement of the drinking fountain opposite Rossetti’s house
  • Accompanied by envelope

Gift. 2004


1887 -   Corbould, Maria (Hollis), -1910, poet. Reigate, [Surrey]. Sketches from Life. Short stories in Verse.

Typed Document [85] leaves. 25.5 cm.

  • Bound in soft red leather with title in gold tooling
  • Thirteen poems, with three pencilled corrections
  • Internal dates of 1882, 1885, 1886

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1888 Apr. 12 -   Arnold, Matthew, 1822-1888, poet. To E.E. Griffin. Expresss thanks for translation.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

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


1888, July 28 -   Dufferin and Ava, Frederick Temple Hamilton-Temple Blackwood, marquis of 1826-1902, diplomat. Simla, [India]. To [Sir Sidney]Colvin. "I wonder whether you would like to have the accompanying volume as a souvenir of an old friend."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Mounted in Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam transliterated by the Earl of Dufferin, viceroy of India, 1887 (Lilly PR6515 .P4D9). 1965


1888 Oct. 20 -   Locker-Lampson, Frederick, 1821-1895, poet. New Haven Court, Cromer. "Oh for the Poet-Voice that swells" [first line].

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 17.2 cm.

  • Poem of eight lines
  • Note: for Mr. W.E. Mitchell

Removed from Poems by Frederick Locker, London , John Wilson, 93, Great Russell St., 1868, with the book plates of M.C.D. Borden and William F. Gable (Lilly 7-0848)

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1888 -   Coleridge, Sir John Duke Coleridge, 1st baron, 1820-1894, lord chief justice of England. Balliol College Oxford. To [Coleridge, Hon. Stephen] "Oxford is very lovely though it has turned cold again… go back to London tomorrow."

Autograph Letter [4]p. 17.8cm.

  • Signed: Your loving father C
  • Addressed: My dear Boy
  • Dated: Trinity Sunday
  • Accompanied by two water colors: Yellow Poppy and Foxglove

Removed from Coleridge. Stephen. The Sanctity of confession: a romance . London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1890 (Lilly PR6005 .O312 S21) 1994


1889 Feb. 8 -   Ward, Mrs. A[gusta (Arnold)], 1851-1920, novelist. 61, Russell Square. London, [England]. To [Albert Marshman Palmer]. Protests dramatization of Robert Elsmere on the American stage.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

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


1889 Feb. 23 -   Browning, Robert, 1812-1889, poet. 29 DeVere Gardens, W. 1 [London, England]. To [Frederick James] Furnivall, 3 St. Geoge’s Square, Primrose Hill, N.W. A reply to a question about the meaning of a passage dealing with body and mind.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by cover and engraved picture of Browning by Thomas Johnson, 1891.

From the estate of Will Taliaferro Hale, 1967.


[18]89 Mar. 20 -   Dodgson, Charles Lutwidge, 1832-1898, author, mathematician. Ch[rist] Ch[urch], [Oxford]. To "Dear Principal." Returning the book with thanks, but "found some of the religious disquisitions very tedious."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 13.7cm.

  • In purple ink

Removed from Lewis Carroll, Phantasmagoria … London, Macmillan, 1869 (Lilly PR4611 .P6 1869).

Gift . 1985


1890 Jan. 7 -   Haggard, Sir Henry Rider, 1856-1925, novelist To Mrs. Agnes (Barber) Haggard. His Dawn.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 32cm.

  • Additions and changes in Haggard’s hand.
  • At head: " Dedication new Edition Dawn 7. January 1890;" date at end of "7. Janry 1889."

Purchased. 1961


1890 Feb. 24 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. 52 Cromwell Avenue, Highgate N. [England]. To Sir Wemyss Reid. Refers to the notice of Window in Thrums which gave him much pleasure.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18cm.

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


[18]90 May 8 -   Haggard, Sir Henry Rider, 1856-1925, novelist. London, [England]. To Mrs. [Elizabeth] (Lynn) Linton. Will send her a copy of his Beatrice.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Removed from Haggard’s Beatrice… London, Longmans , Green, 1890. (Lilly PR4731 .B2). 1961


1890 Aug. 11 -   Coventry, Patmore Kersey Dighton, 1823-1896, poet. Hastings. To Thomas Hutchinson. "I thank you for your sonnet, which I have read with pleasure."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 19cm.

Removed from [Coventry Kersey Dighton], The unknown eros and other odes. London, George Bell and Sons, 1877. (Lilly PR5142 .V58). 1967


1891 Jan. 27 -   Forman, Harry Buxton, 1842-1917, editor. 46 Marlborough Hill, N.W., [London, England]. To "Dear Mr. Day." Forwards his portrait bookplate and refers to prints.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by bookplate.

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


1891 Apr. 16 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. 15 Old Cavendish Street, Cavendish Square W., [London, England]. To "Foss". Deals with remittances for services rendered as stage manager and on invitation to dine.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

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


1891 Aug. 24 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. The Mill, Dunster. To [William Showell] Rogers. "I think all the arrangements you have proposed are excellent." Speaks of writing to Henry Irving and commends Rogers for his work with the memorial.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

  • Stationery embossed with insignia of Board of Trade, crossed out

Purchased. 1971.


[18]91 Oct. 9 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. To [William Showell] Rogers. "My publisher Mr. Wm. Heinemann , who takes a warm interest in Marlowe, has subscribed two guineas to the memorial today."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1891 Oct. 17 -   Winnington-Ingram, Arthur Foley, bishop of London, 1858-1946. Oxford House, Bethnal Green, E. To [William Henry] Hudson. Asks Hudson to consider developing classes in a new club started in Hackney and form a debating society " It is a grand opening & your natural History etc. would come in well."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1969


1891 Dec. 31 -   Henley, William Ernest, 1849-1903, poet. The National Observer, An Imperial Review, 9 Thistle Street, Edinburgh, [Scotland]. To C. Hiatt. Mentions his book Beau Austen.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm.

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


[1891] -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Walker, London.

Autograph Document Signed 76p. 23cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Bound with printed title page. First produced on February 25, 1892. Plot developed From the houseboat episodes of When a man’s single and it was originally intended to be called "Houseboat", the title which is used in the manuscript. This title had been used before which necessitated the change to Walker, London. Differs considerably from printed version. New York and London, Samuel French, c. 1907 (Lilly PR4074 .W3 1907).

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


1892 Oct. 1 -   Palgrave, Francis Turner, 1824-1897, poet and critic. Little Park, Lyme, Dorset , [England]. To "Dear Sir." Describes his methods of compiling anthologies of poetry, standards for selection, etc. Criticizes American lyric and religious poetry as not being up to British standards of merit and as suffering from the "blight" of national vanity. The United States is "touchy & vain in a morbid degree."

Autograph Letter Signed 8p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1975


1892 Dec. 18 -   Caine, Sir Hall, 1853-1931, novelist, playwright. 48 Arbly Gardens, S.W. To Arthur Warren. "I leave [it] absolutely to your judgment to determine what ought to be said about my going & when it ought to be said."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

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


1893 Apr. 10 -   De Tabley, John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3d baron, 1835-1895, poet. Bournemouth, Hants. To [Frederick] Locker-[Lampson ]. Has added illustrations to his book of poems upon Locker’s advice and comments on a certain poem that "I think that Sir J[ohn] Suckling is a special favorite of yours?".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

  • Stationery watermarked: Parkins & Gotto’s "No. 12" Note

Removed from De Tabley, Poems dramatic and lyrical, London: E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1893 (Lilly PR4540 .P6). 1977


1893 Apr. 20 -   Ellis & Elvey, firm, booksellers, London. 29 New Bond Street, London, W., [England]. To [Jane Maria (Grant) Lady Strachey. Concerns the publication of sonnets by D.G. Rossetti in her book of English poets.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1966


1893 Apr. 21 -   Pope, Edward Osmond Jabez, 1864- , critic. 26 Cricketfield Road, Clapton, N.E. To [Frederick] Locker[Lampson]. Sends a few promised lines about Lord DeTabley’s poems; believes that the poems will not be popular, but those who read them will find pleasure in the reading.

Autograph Letter Signed 3pp. 18cm.

Removed from John Byrne Lei cester Warren De Tabley, 3d baron, Poems dramatic and lyrical, London: E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1893 (Lilly PR4540 .P6). 1977


1893 Apr. 24 -   DeTabley, John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3d baron, 1835-1895, poet. 62 Elm Park Road, Chelsea, S.W. To [Frederick] Locker [-Lampson]. "Thanks for your friend’s letter wh I return…more is the pity I have failed to please him…The majority agree with Mr. Pope and …living under the beneficient rule of Mr. Gladstone… the majority must be right."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Stationery watermarked: Parkins & Gotto’s "No. 12" Note.

Removed from De Tabley, Poems dramatic and lyrical, London: E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1893 (Lilly PR4540 .P.6). 1977


1893 Apr. 24 -   Macmillan, firm, publishers, London. Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London, [England]. To [Jane Maria (Grant)] Lady Strachey. 69 Lancaster Gate, [London, England]. Concerns permission to use sonnet and verses by Matthew Arnold for her book on English poets.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20cm

Purchased. 1966


1893 May 3 -   DeTabley, John Byrne Leicester Warren, 3d baron, 1835-1895, poet. 62 Elm Park Road, S.W. To [Frederick] Locker [-Lampson]. "Thanks for your letter and kind invitation…am… Just now a bit of an invalid, afraid of railway journey…When…I sent you my book, it was your opinion I hoped to get, not that of a complete stranger…Mr. Pope…".

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 16cm.

  • Stationery watermarked: Parkins & Gotto’s "No. 12 " Note
  • Accompanied by a clipping dated April 27, 1893, which reviews Lord De Tabley’s Poems

Removed from De Tabley, Poems dramatic and lyrical, London: E. Mathews and J. Lane, 1893 (Lilly PR4540 .P6). 1977


1893 May 19 -   Smith, Elder & Co. firm, publishers, London. 15 Waterloo Place, London, S.W., [England]. To J[ane] M[aria (Grant) Lady] Strachey. 69 Lancaster Gate, W., [London, England]. Concerns permission to publish extracts from Robert Browning’s works.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 23cm.

Purchased. 1966


1893 Nov. 4 -   Morris, William, 1834-1896, poet. Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith, [London, England]. To "Dear Sir." Answer to application from a bookbinder.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

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


[18]94 Feb. 12 -   Lucas, Edward Verrall, 1868-1938, author. 23, Rona Road, N.W. To the Editor of The [Friend?] . "My brother will, I know, be much gratified if you will insert the enclosed statement among the educational distinctions of young Friends."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

  • Enclosure not present

Mounted on p.[3] of Lucas, Bernard Barton and his friends: A record of quiet lives , London: Edward Hicks, Jr., 1893. (Lilly PR4079 .B2 Z75) 1989


1894 Mar. 2 -   Paul, Charles Kegan, 1828-1902, publisher. Paternoster House, Charing Cross Road, London, W.C. [England]. To [Jane Maria (Grant) Lady] Strachey. 69 Lancaster Gate, [London, England]. Deals with the title of her book on English poets.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Purchased. 1966


1894 Mar. 3 -   Elton, Charles Isaac, 1839-1900, author. 10 Cranley Place S.W. To [Jane Maria (Grant) Lady] Strachey. Deals with the title of her book on poets.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 33cm.

Purchased. 1966


1894 Apr. 2 -   Smith, Charles. Warren House. To Rev. C.E. Downe. "I return Shelley’s Zastrozzi with many thanks. It is a very singular speciman of a boys work at 16 years of age and although full of tall talk verging on the absurd foretells the future of the man in no slight degree."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

  • Accompanied by notes on Pietro Zastrozzi.

Removed from Zastrozzi, A Romance by Percy Bysshe Shelley. London. Printed for G. Wilkie and . J. Robinson, 1810. (Lilly PR 5422. Z3). 1970


[1894] May 18 -   Hudson, William Henry, 1841-1922, naturalist, novelist. To [Arthur David] McCormick. Their Lost British birds; his health; McCormick’s pictures.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Removed from Hudson’s … Lost British birds … [London, 1894] (Lilly PR6015 .U34L88). 1963


1894 Aug. 2 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. 29 Delamere Terrace, Westbourne Square, W. To [William Showell] Rogers. "You have been so long in coming that the suggested reason of y[ou]r coming is now gone! The last copy of my Catalogue was distributed yesterday."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1894 Sept. 29 -   Blackmore, Richard Doddridge, 1825-1900, author. Teddington, [Middlesex, England]. To [Coventry Kersey Dighton Patmore]. Thanks for his kind review of Perlycross. Discusses the speaking style of the heroine.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 14cm.

  • In blue ink

Removed from Blackmore, Perlycross: A tale of the western hills. London: Sampson Low, Marston, 1894. (Lilly PR4132 .P45). 1990


1894 Dec. 7 -   Meredith, George, 1828-1909, novelist, poet. Box Hill Dorking. To "Dear Will." "Next week early you will have the concluding chapters to despatch to Scribners."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1967


1894 Dec. 30 -   Blunt, Wilfred Scawen, 1840-1922, author. To [J Hutchinson]. English aristocracy; Griselda.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Mounted on inside of back cover of Blunt’s Griselda: a society novel in rhymed verse… London, Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner, & co., ltd., 1893. (Lilly PR4149 .B8G8) 1964


1895 Jan. 5 -   Henley, William Ernest, 1849-1903, poet. The New Review, 21 Bedford Street, W.C. To A[lbert] C[harles] R[obinson] Carter. Refers to the New Review which he states "is not so bad as it might have been."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21cm.

Purchased. 1970


[18]95 Jan. 6 -   Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton, 1823-1896, poet. To Sir [Edmund Williams] Gosse. " I am not dying, but I have had, during the last six months, a series (five) of sharp local attacks, [wh[ich] have laid me up on an average of a fortnight each…The next time I am in town …I will invite myself to one of your Sunday suppers."

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 13cm.

Removed from Patmore, Hastings, Lewes, Rye and the Sussex Marshes. London, George Bell & Son, 1887 (Lilly PR5142 .H35). 1974


[18]95 Jan. 28 -   Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936, author. Naulakha, Waite, Vermont. To [Ripley] Hitchcock. " I send herewith the first half-exclusive … of about 20 barrack room ballads of the new book of verses …"

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 18cm.

  • Index of poems is written overleaf.

Purchased. 1974


[18]95 Feb. 12 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. [London].To [Charles Benjamin] Foote. Congratulates him on success of the sale of his book collection.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Mounted on page following front flyleaf of C.B. Foote’s Catalogue of the … collection made by Charles B. Foote…sold at auction… by Bangs & Co. … [New York, 1894-95]. (Lilly Z997 .F68) 1961


1895 June 30 -   Henley, William Ernest, 1849-1903, poet. 9 The Terrace, Barnes, S.W. To A[lbert] C[harles] R[obinson]. "I should like to help, but … I haven’t been to an Academy for years, so you see how utterly unfit for the business I should be."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 21cm.

Purchased. 1970


1895 July 27 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist and novelist. 133 Gloucester Road, [London],S.W., [England]. To [Edward Livermore] Burlingame. Discusses Sentimental Tommy and is satisfied with offer for next book.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

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


1895 Oct. 7 -   Newbolt, Sir Henry John, 1862-1938, poet. Notes concerning the poetry of Robert Seymour Bridges.

Autograph Document 4p. 11cm.

  • Appended in the hand of Robert Seymour Bridges are notes concerning Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1p. 11cm.

Removed from Robert Seymour Bridges, Milton’s Prosody … Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1893 (Lilly PR3517 .B851). 1974


1896 Jan. 26 -   Wells, Herbert George, 1866-1946, author. Lynton, Marbury Road, Woking, [England]. To [William Morris] Colles. Deals with the War of the Worlds.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p, 18cm.

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


[18]96 Feb. 10 -   Burgin, George Brown, 1856-1944, novelist. Hornsey, N. To W[illiam] Morris Colles, Esq. 4, Portugal Street, W.C. Inquires about Vagabond expenses for a guest and about the second contract which he is anxious to have "in black and white."

Autograph Postcard Signed 9cm.

  • Date and plce taken from postmark Letterhead of the New Vagabond Club, Crouch End, Middlesex

Removed from Burgin, Tomalyn’s Quest, London Autograph Document Innes & Co., 1896 (Lilly PR4271 B4T65). 1980


1896 July 7 -   Patmore, Coventry Kersey Dighton, 1823-1896, poet. To [Frederic George] Stephens. " I send you the 'Poems' … Only 147 copies were circulated. I destroyed the rest of the edition."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf 13cm.

Removed from Patmore, Poems, London, Edward Moxon, 1844 (Lilly PR 5142 .P74) which is inscribed "To Frederic [George] Stephens. His only friend of more than fifty years standing Aug. [sic] 7, 1896". 1974


[18]96 Oct. 22 -   Burgin, George Brown, 1856-1944, novelist. Bedford…W.L. To Cranstoun Metcalfe, Esq. c/o W[illiam] Morris Colles, Esq. 4, Portugal Street, W.C. Colles does not seem to care about finishing the negotiations for "Old Man’s Marriage" and Burgin wants the matter settled.

Autograph Postcard Signed 9cm.

  • Date and place taken from postmark Letterhead of the New Vagabond Club, Crouch End, Middlesex

Removed from Burgin, Tomalyn’s Quest, London, Autograph Document Innes & Co., 1896 (Lilly PR4271 .B4 T65). 1980


1896 Nov. 20 -   Cobden-Sanderson, Thomas James, 1840-1922, bookbinder, printer. The Doves Bindery, No. 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith W. To T.B. Combe Williams "The address of the Doves Bindery is as above…" or available "through the agency of Mr. Bain, 1 Haymarket."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 20.8 cm.

  • Watermark: Cansell 1890

Gift 1984 from the estate of Elisabeth Ball.


1896 Dec. 9 -   Gosse, Sir Edmund William, 1849-1928, author. 29 Delamere Terrace, W., [London, England]. To [Sir James Matthew] Barrie. Praises Margaret Ogilvy.

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

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


[18]96 -   Burgin, George Brown, 1856-1944, novelist. Hornsey, N.To W[illiam] Morris Colles , Esq. 4, Portugal Street, London, W.C. Asks for a copy of "Tomalyn" contract.

Autograph Postcard Signed 9 cm.

  • Date and place taken from postmark Letterhead of the New Vagabond Club, Crouch End, Middlesex.

Removed from Burgin, Tomalyn’s Quest, London, Autograph Document Innes & Co., 1896 (Lilly PR4271 .B4271 .B4 T65). 1980


1897 Jan. 20 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne, Kent Hatch, Edenbridge. To "Dear Maude" "Will you accept accompanying volume from me, which has to do with one of your favorite Arts."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22cm.

Mounted in front of Ford Madox Ford’s Ford Madox Brown … London, New York, and Bombay, Longmans, Green and Co., 1896. (Lilly ND497 .B.8F7). 1965


[18]97 Feb. 6 -   Haggard, Sir Henry Rider, 1856-1925, novelist. Ditchingham House, Norfolk, [England] To H.A. Kennedy. Plans to meet.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm.

Removed from Haggard’s A winter pilgrimage … London, Longmans, Green , 1901 (Lilly DS48 .H2). 1961


1897 Aug. 20 -   Besant, Sir Walter, 1836-1901, author. Frognal End, Hampstead, N.W. To Thomas Hutchinson, Esq. "I beg to acknowledge with many thanks your very kind letter of congratulations on my birthday on the 14th."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

Removed from Besant, The World went very well then , London, Chatto & Windus, 1887 (Lilly PR4104 .W92). 1975


1897 Dec. -   Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936, author. Engraving of the author signed by him "Yours very sincerely Rudyard Kipling".

11cm.

  • Printed below the engraving "Copyright 1897 by Charles Scribners Sons"

Source unknown. Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative office. 1975


[18]98 Feb. 27 -   Henley, William Ernest, 1849-1903, poet. Stanley Lodge, Muswell Hill, N. [England]. To [Henry P.] Dean. Henley wrote his surgeon, H.P. Dean, to take care of his cousin who is undergoing an operation. "You will do your best for her (my cousin) I know. As for me, I can only sit on my bottom & wonder & give thanks. But I find a copy of my Poems we cut for someone else: as you can see by the erased inscription. Take it with my blessing."

Autograph Letter Signed 2pp. 17cm.

  • Second page written on adjunct leaf.

Removed from Henley, Poems, First Edition, London, Nutt, 1898. (Lilly PR4783 .A3 1898) 1976


1898 June 25 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. Beechwood, Strathtay, N.B. To [Charles Macgregor Falconer]. Refers to Andrew Lang and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Underwoods.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

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


[1898?] July 15 -   Lang, Andrew, 1844-1912, author. 1, Marloes Road, Kensington, W. To Mr. Rideing. "The point was that one may be literary and know nothing of literary life in London, and, in fact, I don’t." Also discusses the novelists A.E.W. Mason and S.R. Crockett and comments: "I hope this Santiago business ends the war,…"

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 18cm.

  • Possibly addressed to the editor William Henry Rideing.

Purchased. 1982


1898 Nov. 20 -   Ryan, William Patrick, 1867-1942, author. 39, Glengarry Road, East Dulwich, [London], S.E. To [Theodore] Watts-Dunton. Discusses a forthcoming review of Watts-Dunton’s Aylwin to appear in the Contemporary Review.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 18cm.

Removed from Ryan’s Literary London: its lights an comedies , London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. (Lilly PR591 .R989). 1976


1899 Jan. 31 -   Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912, author. 18 St. Leonards Terrace, Chelsea, London, S.W. [England]. To "My dear Waite". Deals with three of his short stories, Chin Music, A Young Widow, and A Yellow Duster, to be copyrighted and published in the United States.

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 20cm

Purchased. 1970


1899 Mar. 7 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. "Pike’s Cromwell is in the basket, taken away from here on Saturday."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 15cm.

Purchased. 1970


1899 June 5 -   Garnett, Edward, 1868-1937, author. The Cearne. To [Wilfred Hugh] Chesson. Refers to an envelope in his desk drawer addressed to him which he thinks contains a check.

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1899 July 14 -   Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936, author. Note referring to the contents of the "Outward Bound" edition of his stories and concludes "… and it is my hope to include in the ‘Outward Bound’ Edition such books as I may hereafter write."

Typed Note Signed 1p. 13cm.

  • Date penciled in
  • Included with the above note is another note, undated, signed by Kipling, 10cm., referring to the arrangement of the stories for the Outward Bound " Edition.

Source unknown. Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative office. 1975


1899 Aug. 19 -   Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, essayist, poet. Tremans, Horsted Keynes, Sussex. To [R. Harold] Paget. Refers to headings for his grandfather and father in a forthcoming book.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1971


1899 Aug. 26 -   Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, essayist, poet. Dunskey House, Port Patrick, N.B. To [R. Harold] Paget. Concerns an index for his book.

Autograph Letter Signed 7 p. 15cm.

Purchased. 1971


1899 Oct. 31 -   Monkhouse, Allan Noble, 1858-1936, playwright, novelist. Disley, [Cheshire]. To Thomas Hutchinson, Morpeth, [Northumberland]. "I am … sincere in my admiration for these great writers and it is pleasant to hear of one who sympathises so heartily."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Removed from Books and plays. London, Elkin Mathews, 1894. (Lilly PR6025 .O52B7). 1968


1899 Nov. 5 -   Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, essayist, poet. Eton College To [R Harold] Paget. "The Bishop of Winchester has been telling me that he had great trouble… in the Index with… the name s of Bishops."

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 19cm

Purchased. 1968


1899 Dec. 2 -   Benson, Arthur Christopher, 1862-1925, essayist, poet. Godolphin House, Eton College, Windsor. To [R. Harold] Paget. "I think the Contents will do very well: I had expected them to be more detailed- but now that I have seen the Index, which is very full, I don’t think there is the least need for lengthy contents." .

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 19cm

Purchased. 1971


[1899] -   Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945, author. British Embassy, Paris. To Sir [Edward Howard Marsh]. "My French parodies are going to be published in a small pamphlet by Alphonse Lemerre: 200 copies are going to [be] printed I think…it would be rather fun if there was any demand for them as Lemerre doesn’t think it is saleable at all."

Autograph Letter Signed 4pp. 19cm.

  • Accompanied by a printed invitation to Marsh to view the paintings of Maurice Baring at The Little Art Rooms in Adelphi, Nov. 14 to Dec. 3, n.y.

Removed from Baring, Hildesheim; quatre pastiches. Paris, Alphonse Lemerre, 1899 (Lilly PR6003 .A67H64). 1975


189- -   Burgin, George Brown, 1856-1944, novelist. To W[illiam] Morris Colles., Esq.. Requests a signature of [Walter] Besant to accompany his portrait.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18cm.

  • Letterhead of The Idler Illustrated Monthly, 310, Strand, London

Removed from Burgin, Tomalyn’s Quest, London, Autograph Document Innes & Co., 1896 (Lilly PR4271 .B4T65). 1980


19th cent. -   Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834, essayist, humorist. [Notes on and quotations from Boccaccio and John Lydgate]

Autograph Document [2] leaves 29.5cm.

  • Note in unknown hand in pencil on first leaf: This is the handwriting of Charles Lamb. "Fred"
  • First leaf has Lamb’s note concerning a remark by Boccaccio about the English, followed by 11 line quotation from Lydgate’s rebuttal.
  • Second leaf has 42 line quotation from Lydgate’s translation of Boccaccio’s On the fall of Princes

On the flyleaves of the back of Geoffrey Chaucer, The workes of our antient and learned English poet Geffrey Chavcer… London: Printed by Adam Islip for Bonham Norton, 1598 (Lilly PR1850 1598a)


1900 Feb. 19 -   Ryan, William Patrick, 1867-1942, author. 39 Glengarry Road, East Dulwich, London, S.E. To [Theodore Watts-Dunton]. Protesrs that Watts-Dunton’s praise of his Literary London is excessive since the work is composed of pieces originaklly written for a newspaper and is now much dated.

Autograph Letter Signed 3p. 16cm.

Removed from Ryan’s Literary London: its lights and comedies, London: Leonard Smithers, 1898. (Lilly PR591 .R989). 1976


1900 June 8 -   Hawkins, Sir Anthony Hope, 1863-1933, novelist. London, [England]. To Sophie Seligman. "Thank you for your kindly greeting from so far."

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 14cm.

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


1900 Dec. 8 -   Barrie, Sir James Matthew, bart., 1860-1937, dramatist, novelist. 133 Gloucester Road, S.W. To Mr. Leveaux. "You did not send the copy of "Wedding Guest" for me to sign for Mr. Scott… I suppose this is an over-sight. I shall sign it with pleasure when I get [a] copy."

Autograph Letter Signed 1p. 18cm.

Purchased. 1970


1900 Dec. 10 -   Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959, author. 70, York Mansions, Battersea Park, S.W. To Sir [Henry John] Newbolt. "I am overcoming my dislike of submitting Ms to an Editor … and send you a few poems to choose from or reject as you may think best."

Autograph Letter Signed 2p. 15cm.

Purchased. 1972


1900 Dec. 25 -   Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959, author. 70, York Mansions, Battersea Park, S.W. To Sir [Henry John] Newbolt. "I leave the workings of ‘the mystery’ chiefly to Pinker: I think he wants it kept up as long as possible" … "The poem I suggest as least like me …is 'On Lansdowne Hill' …".

Autograph Letter Signed 4p. 15cm.

  • Enclosed is Laurence Housman, "On Lansdowne Hill" , n.d. , Autograph Document Signed, 2p., 20cm.
  • Published in The Monthly Review , Feb.1901, pages 163-164 (AP4 .M688)

Purchased. 1972