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British Notables Collection

Identifier: British Notables Collection

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence, holographs, and reviews of publications by a wide variety of prominent British writers, and authors. Some notable correspondence belong to William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863); a prominent 19th century writer, as well as several prominent women including Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901); a novelist who participated in the Oxford Movement in England. Subjects of letters range from discussion of book prices, to family issues and ongoings to lectures on social issues such as charity and giving as written by William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863). Other letters have been signed by prominent diplomats such as Sir Charles Stuart de Rothesay (1779-1845) who served as a diplomat in Lisbon, Portugal in 1812, and several heads of the ministries and college institutions in England.


  • Creation: 1628 - 1903


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the repository. Also, digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

This collection contains the correspondence from prominent authors, artists, statesmen, and other religious and intellectual figures from primarily late 18th and 19th century England. The composite collection was formed from the correspondence of Thomas Baker, George Benson, William Cobbett, and John Dalrymple, as well as the collection of letters from William R. Lawrence addressed to Samuel Carter Hall. It also contains letters from various authors and artists addressed to Samuel Carter Hall and his wife.


1.5 Cubic Feet (4 flat boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged alphabetically into two series: Series I: Correspondence, and Series II: Diaries and Manuscripts.

Guide to the British Notables Collection
In Progress
Michelle C. Sigiel
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library - Archival Collections Repository

Trinity College Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford Connecticut 06106