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Letters to Joseph Cradock, to his wife Anna Cradock, and to J.B. Nichols


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The collection comprises:

  1. letters to Joseph Cradock, 1760-1826;
  2. letters to Anna Francesca Cradock, 1811-1815;
  3. correspondence of John Bowyer Nichols, mainly as Cradock's executor, 1826-1828.


  • Creation: 1760-1828


4 boxes (0.44 linear metres)

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. Lett. b. 33/1, fol. 1].

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MSS. Eng. Lett. b. 33-34

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12883


Letters to Joseph Cradock, his wife Anna Francesca Cradock (née Stratford), and his executor John Bowyer Nichols.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Cradock (1742-1826) was an author.

Anna Francesca Cradock, née Stratford (d. 1816) was Cradock's wife.

John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863) was a printer, and acted as an executor for Cradock.

Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Custodial History

Previously sold, Sotheby's (Gough Nichols sale), 18 Nov. 1929, lot 150.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 17 Dec. 1979, lot 90.

Related Materials

See also:

  1. papers of the Nichols Family, printers and publishers (MSS. Eng. b. 2071-2077, c. 6165-6166);
  2. correspondence to John and John Bowyer Nichols, regarding the Gentleman's Magazine and the History of Leicestershire (MSS. Eng. lett. b. 11-19; c. 354-372).


  • Many of the letters to Joseph Cradock are printed in volumes 1 and 4 of his Literary and miscellaneous memoirs (London: 1828).
Letters to Joseph Cradock, his wife Anna Cradock, and to J.B. Nichols
Collection Level Description by Susan Thomas. EAD version 2022 by Simon Mackley.
EAD version 2022.
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom