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Group of seven autograph letters from John Hughes to Harriet Thayer, 1817 and Madame Thiebault (Thayer's married name), 1829-1833

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MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 1-15
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  1. (fols. 1-7) Three letters penned by Hughes in Spanish and English during his Continental tour in 1817 and addressed to his friend Harriet Thayer (1791-1860) at Buscot Park in Oxfordshire. Writing from (fols. 1-3) Barcelona Hughes discusses Don Quixote and provides a witty 'inventory of a day in Spain and its conveniences', highlighting uncomfortable conditions and the difficulties of dealing with mules and muleteers. He continues in a similar vein in letters from (fols. 4-5) Rome (15 June) and (fols. 6-7) Naples (11 Oct.).
  2. (fols. 8-15) Four letters to Madame Thiebault (Harriet Thayer’s married name) in France where she moved with her husband: (fols. 8-9) Pau (1 Feb. 1829) and (fols. 10-15) Boulogne-sur-Mer (6 Apr. 1832, 18 Apr. 1832 and 7 Mar. 1833). Hughes appears to have kept her informed of news and gossip concerning their mutual acquaintances ('our friend Sir Walter [Scott] announced to us some new tales, which will appear by frequent instalments').

Dates

  • 1817, 1829-1833

Extent

15 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. c. 7963, fol. 1].
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Shelfmark:

MS. Eng. c. 7963, fols. 1-15

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 7510

Abstract

Group of seven autograph letters from John Hughes to Harriet Thayer, 1817 and Madame Thiebault (Thayer's married name), 1829-1833.

Biographical / Historical

Educated at Westminster School and Oriel College Oxford, John Hughes (1790-1857) was the son of Thomas Hughes DD, rector of Uffington and clerk of the closet to George III and George IV. John Hughes published some of his travel records in An itinerary of Provence and the Rhone, made during the year 1819; wrote for magazines under the name ‘Buller of Brasenose’; and produced an edition of The Boscobel tracts. He was the father of Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), author of Tom Brown’s school days. Further biographical details can be found in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Samuel Gedge, 22 May 2013.

Related Materials

The scrapbook of sketches made by Hughes during his travels in France and Spain in 1817 is MS. Don. b.
Title
Group of seven autograph letters from John Hughes to Harriet Thayer, 1817 and Madame Thiebault (Thayer's married name), 1829-1833
Status
Published
Date
EAD version 2019
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

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