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British Notables Collection

Identifier: MS-Retro-019
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.


  • 1628 - 1903


Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Information on literary rights available in the repository


1.5 Cubic Feet (4 flat boxes)

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.


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

Repository Details

Part of the Watkinson Library Manuscripts Repository

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