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Correspondence of John De Morgan

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MS. 15144
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199 letters, notes and envelopes mainly to John De Morgan (1848?-1926), together with contemporary topical newspaper cuttings. The manuscripts (numbered 2-200) provide details of some of De Morgan's views and the political activities he was involved in. His publication De Morgan's Weekly and his imprisonment also feature prominently. Some of the correspondents include (in alphabetical order): William Jennings Bryan, Grover Cleveland, Royal S. Copeland, Friedrich Engels, William Gladstone, Auberon Herbert, Llewellyn Archer Atherley-Jones QC, Francis William Newman, Charles T. Pearce, Admiral Winfield S. Schley, George Francis Train, Rev. Henry Varley, Helen Hay Whitney, Stephen S. Wise and many other politicians, lawyers, clergymen and writers.

Among the letters is an autograph of Edwin Markham's poem 'Joy of the morning'.


  • Creation: 1868-1922, n.d.


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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MS. 15144

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 15144


A collection of letters and notes written mainly to John De Morgan, a political activist and writer working in Ireland, England and the United States between the 1860s and 1920s.

Biographical / Historical

John De Morgan (1848?-1926) was a professional agitator, journalist and author active in Ireland, England and the United States between the 1860s and 1920s. The two main causes he supported were the Tichborne movement and the rights of people to use urban common land, but he was actively involved in many others. Fuller biographical details can be found in Rob Allan's article in the Historical research, vol. 86 (234), ' "The People's Advocate, Champion and Friend": the transatlantic career of Citizen John De Morgan (1848-1926)'.


The arrangement of the material follows the original order as donated.

Other Finding Aids

A detailed list provided by the donor and edited by the cataloguer is placed in the box with the letters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Richard Mather, December 2015.

Catalogue of the correspondence of John De Morgan, 1868-1922, n.d.
Margaret Czepiel
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom