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Correspondence between William Gilpin and his publishers Cadell & Davies

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MS. 16159
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Letters from William Gilpin to his publishers Cadell & Davies, with some draft replies, discussing the republication and reprinting of his works, the provision of books for his school at Boldre, and the 1802 sale of his drawings to raise money for the school. Comprises:

  1. Folder 1: Fragment of a letter with a draft reply regarding Observations on the Western Parts of England, Dec 1797
  2. Folder 2: Letter regarding the reprinting of Observations on the River Wye, Moral Contrasts and Lectures on the Catechism and a request for school books, 23 Oct 1799, with a draft reply stating bibles and prayer books had been sent as requested, 1 Nov 1799
  3. Folder 3: Letter requesting reprints, 10 Nov 1799, with a draft reply regarding the employment of William Green of Ambleside, engraver, for a pocket edition of Observations on the River Wye, n.d.
  4. Folder 4: Letter, 21 Sep 1800, with a draft reply, 6 Oct 1800, regarding the printing and distribution of smaller works
  5. Folder 5: Letter, 9 Oct 1800, with a loose note produced by Cadell & Davies, 24 Jan 1803, regarding the supply of volumes of sermons
  6. Folder 6: Letter, 2 Dec 1801, with a draft reply, 18 Dec 1801, regarding Gilpin's health, the supply of books to his school and corrections for new editions
  7. Folder 7: Letter regarding the production of a catalogue for the 1802 sale of drawings for the endowment of Boldre School, 17 Apr 1802
  8. Folder 8: Letter, 21 Jun 1802, with a draft reply, 21 Jul 1802, regarding the production of the catalogue and the printing of sermons
  9. Folders 9-10: Two letters regarding the printing of sermons, 8 Nov 1802 and 29 Jan 1803

Also includes:

  1. Folder 11: Note from William Gilpin to his nephew William Sawrey Gilpin (1761/2-1843) concerning instructions to Cadell & Davies for a proposed sale after Gilpin's death, written on the verso of a fragment of a letter from his brother, Sawrey Gilpin, n.d., c. 1804
  2. Folder 12: Letter from William Gilpin to 'Will', either his son William Gilpin Junior (1757-1848), or his nephew William Sawrey Gilpin, reporting news of his eldest son John en route to Carlisle, 18 Jan 1776
  3. Folder 13: Letter from William Gilpin Junior to the furniture dealers France & Banting, regarding the valuation of a screen desired by the Duke of Northumberland, 27 Mar 1819
  4. Folder 14: Two letters from Lord Kenyon, 2nd Baron Kenyon, to William Gilpin Junior on religious and other matters, 29 May 1806 and 8 Sep 1807


  • Creation: Jan 1776-Mar 1819


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Language of Materials

  • English

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MS. 16159

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 16159


Correspondence between William Gilpin and his publishers Cadell & Davies.

Biographical / Historical

William Gilpin (1724-1804) was an English schoolmaster, Anglican cleric and writer, known for developing ideas of the picturesque. For more information see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Bernard Quaritch Ltd on 6 Aug 2019.

Catalogue of Correspondence between William Gilpin and his Publishers, Cadell & Davies
Finding aid prepared by Meg Woodward
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom