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Letters concerning Thomas Jefferson Hogg and his relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley

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MS. Don c. 180

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Mostly from the papers of his father, John Hogg (1761-1823) of Norton, county Durham, but with a few perhaps from his own. Comprises:

  1. (fols. 1-6) three letters concerning his involvement with Miss Dillon of Hartlepool, 28 Sep-5 Oct 1810
  2. (fols. 7-12) autograph letter, perhaps a retained copy, from T.J. Hogg, 11 Jan 1811, to an unnamed correspondent (probably ‘Wedgewood’, see F.L. Jones, The letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, Oxford 1964, i, nos. 30, 35, 36, 40), on the authenticity of the scriptures
  3. (fols. 13-16) autograph letter, evidently a retained copy made by some duplicating process, from P.B. Shelley to Felicia Browne (later Mrs Hemans), 13 or 19 Mar 1811
  4. (fols. 17-47) letters, 25 Mar-6 May 1811, relating to the expulsion of Hogg and Shelley from University College, Oxford, and its aftermath, mostly correspondence with the Revd. G.S. Faber (1773-1854) to whom Shelley and Hogg had sent a copy of ‘The necessity of atheism’ under an assumed name, including (fols. 30, 34) copies by John Hogg of letters from Shelley to Faber (n.d., early Apr) and to Timothy Shelley ([9 Apr] – Jones, i, no. 51), with (fol. 55) an autograph draft(?) of Shelley’s ‘Proposals' (printed as part of Jones, i, 55)
  5. (fols. 48-74) letters relating to the periods of T.J. Hogg’s legal studies in York and London, 7 May 1811-9 Apr 1812, including references to the visit of Percy Bysshe and Harriet Shelley to York in Oct 1811 and (fols. 63-64) a letter from T.J. Hogg to his father, 13 Nov 1811, refusing to consider separation from Shelley.


  • Creation: 1810-1812


74 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

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Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don c. 180, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don c. 180

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CMD ID 20731


Letters concerning Thomas Jefferson Hogg and his relationship with Percy Bysshe Shelley

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Jefferson Hogg (1792-1862) and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822) met as students at Oxford in 1810. They were both expelled the following year for refusing to reveal who had written The Necessity of Atheism. Further details for both can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought at Philips of London, 15 Nov 1990, lot 113 (reportedly this and lots 114-115 [not bought] arrived at the saleroom wrapped in a Darlington newspaper; for a copy of the Phillips catalogue description, annotated with Bodleian folio numbers, see. REFS. LXXXVII.6. Given jointly the Friends of the Bodleian and Bodley's American Friends, 1990.

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