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Papers of Joseph Addison from the Tickell family collection

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Dep. c. 293/1-4
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  1. 1) Autograph fair copy of translation of Strada’s ‘Session of the Poets’, parts of which were used in The Guardian, nos. 103, 115, 119 and 122, and in The Spectator, nos. 241 and 617. The poem beginning ‘Twas night’, p.33 is printed in The Spectator, ed. D.F. Bond (1965), v.109, from this manuscript. An unprinted note by Thomas Tickell intended for his preface to Addison's Works, mentions the manuscript as having been 'found at Oxen'. Written on nine double quarto sheets, i.e. 36 pages in quires of 2. The marbled paper cover was pasted on to the outer leaf of extra double sheets at beginning and end after stitching.
  2. 2) Notes for Spectator papers printed 1714, collected as vol. 8, 1715, probably in the hand of Edward Young, dictated and corrected by Addison. Transcribed by M.J.C. Hodgart, printed R.E.S. N.S.V, pp. 381-386; cf. p.375. Written on two double folio sheets, i.e. four leaves.
  3. 3) Addison’s Memorial to George I, c.June-July 1715. A passage extracted from this manuscript (?) printed Lucy Aikin, Life of Addison (1843), ii.151, and as much was legible printed Bohn’s British Classics, Works of Addison (1856), vi.634-636. Written on one side only of two folio half-leaves (originally one leaf (?)) divided longitudinally. The left hand side of the first half-leaf has suffered serious damage.
  4. 4) Minutes of meetings of the Lord Justices, 4 Aug-14 Sep 1714, with corrections and marginalia in Addison’s hand. Three quires separately stitched: 46, 44 and 20 leaves.


  • Creation: 1714-1715


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Language of Materials

  • English

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Dep. c. 293/1-4

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CMD ID 12513


Papers of Joseph Addison from the Tickell family collection

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Addison (1672-1719) was a writer and politician. Further details can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited by Major General Sir Eustace Tickell, 1968.

Papers of Joseph Addison from the Tickell family collection
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