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Fair copies, with a few drafts, of 'Letters to Louisa', 1780-4

MS. Beckford c. 18
Held at the Weston Library

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Annotated 'written' or 'copied out' 1838-9, each section enclosed in wrappers inscribed as follows:

  1. (fols. 1-8) 'Letters to Louisa'
  2. (fols. 9-19) 'Origin of the Halls of Eblis'
  3. (fols. 20-7) 'Devonshire House fĂȘte 22 March 1782. Palazzo Courtenay 12 Feb. ditto. Ch[arles] Grevile's house & Ly Home May 1783'
  4. (fols. 28-38) '... Ly Craven's pastoral April 5th 1782' (see MS. Beckford c. 61)
  5. (fols. 39-54) '... Paris in 1784 Ly Lucan & Mde Necker &c.'
  6. (fols. 55-64) 'The Lioness'
  7. (fols. 65-81) 'Mysterious visit - the grim-visaged old man &c.', with (fol. 81v) a pen-and-ink drawing of a single eye.

Many of the wrappers are annotated with the dates of readings by Beckford, e.g. fol. 20 'read to the D[uke of Hamilton] 15 7r 1839', fol. 43 'rd to [Samuel] Rogers 13 March 1840...'. Long extracts are printed in J.W. Oliver, The life of William Beckford (1932), pp. 161-93 passim.


  • Creation: 1780-4


81 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English


MS. Beckford c. 18

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Weston Library
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