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Literary autographs and other papers collected by H.G. Pollard and his father A.F. Pollard

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MS. Eng. lett. c. 461
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Literary autographs and other papers, 1759-1875, collected by H.G. Pollard and his father A.F. Pollard, by or relating to the following writers:

(fols. 5-11) Robert Bloomfield:

  1. (fols. 5, 10) two engraved portraits
  2. (fols. 6-7v, 8-9v) letters to Mr [Samuel Jackson?] Pratt, 28 May 1802, and to Mr Inskip, 27 Jun 1806
  3. (fols. 10v-11) an autograph copy dated 1801 of a letter composed in 1789 on the death of his half-brother, beginning 'Tell me my troubled soul why dost though live...' (printed under the title Elergy in the collected works, London 1864, p. 295)

(fols. 14-34v) Members of the Burney family:

  1. (fols. 14-15, 17-20v, 21-22v) four letters of Charles Burney the elder (1726-1814), one to Hannah More, 26 Sep 1793 (part of second leaf cut out), two to Mrs Sabrina (Sidney) Bicknell, n.d., and 6 Jan 1800, and one to Dorothea Lady Banks, n.d.
  2. (fols. 24r-v, 27r-v) two letters from Charles Burney the younger (1757-1817), to an unnamed correspondent, 17 Nov 1812, and to his sister Fanny, Mme d'Arblay, 1 Apr 1799, endorsed in her hand
  3. (fol. 28) one letter from Fanny d'Arblay, n.d., perhaps to her brother Charles
  4. (fol. 29-32v) two letters from Mrs Sabrina Bicknell to Mrs Frances Anne Wood (daughter of Carles Parr Burney), 3 Jul 1833 and 1836
  5. (fols. 33-34v) one letter from Charles Parr Burney to his daughter Frances, 22 Apr 1829

(fol. 37r-v) John Clare:

  1. autograph draft of 'Proposals for publishing... The Midsummer Cushion, or Cottage Poem by John Clare', [Aug 1832]

(fols. 38-39v) Josiah Conder:

  1. letter to James Montgomery, postmarked 26 Mar 1812

(fols. 42-87) George Crabbe:

  1. (fols. 51-52v, 55-60v, 64-65v, 68-72v, 74-77v) ten letters to his son George, 1824-1831 (one with the second page missing, three with signatures cut out)
  2. (fols. 42-43v, 46-50v) four letters to other correspondents, 1794-1820
  3. (fols. 44-45v, 53, 66-67v) letters to him from (fols. 44-45v) Richard Turner, 11 Jan 1805 (section of second leaf cut away), (fol. 53) Richard Cattermole informing him of his election to the Royal Society of Literature, 4 Jun 1825, (fols. 66-67v) his son George and his grandson George (as a child), 3 Sep 1828
  4. (fol. 61) an engraved portrait after Sir Francis Chantrey's sketch of 1826
  5. (fol. 62r-v) a poem, possibly in the hand of Richard Turner, entitled 'The Tower(s) of Ardenville', beginning 'I stood by the Towers of Ardenville' (paper watermarked 1826)
  6. (fol. 73r-v) letter, first leaf only, to William Crowfoot of Beccles, Suffolk, 19 Jul 1819, probably from his father (connections of the Crabbe family by marriage)
  7. (fols. 78-79v, 80-87) letters to the poet's son George, one (fols. 78-79v) from Richard Warner, 30 Dec 1833, and four (fols. 80-87), with verse, from B[ernard] B[arton], 1846-1847, n.d.

(fols. 90-121) Thomas de Quincey:

  1. fragments of unconnected manuscript drafts, with transcripts and other matter added by an editor, c.1890

(fols. 124-125v) Benjamin Disraeli:

  1. letter to F.W. Farrar, 10 Jun 1875, offering him the crown living of Halifax

(fols. 129-157) William Godwin:

  1. (fols. 130-148v) papers, 1814-1823, mainly lawyers' letters to Godwin concerning P.B. Shelley's financial affairs with special reference to the Shelley family settlement of 1791, including (fol. 144) a copy of an undated letter from Godwin to Shelley (quoted in E. Dowden's Life of Shelley, vol. i, London 1886, p.358)
  2. (fol. 149) William Wentwroth Fitzwilliam, 2nd Earl Fitzwilliam, letter enclosing a subscription of £25 payable to John Murray for Godwin's relief fund, 23 Sep 1823
  3. (fol. 151r-v) a memorandum in Godwin's hand of an agreement between himself and Messrs Colburn & Bentley, 26 Apr 1831, concerning the publication of Deloriane
  4. (fol. 153r-v) agreement between Godwin's widow, Mary Jane, and Henry Colburn, 19 Jul 1836, concerning the publication of Godwin's Memoirs and Correspondence, to be edited by Mary Shelley
  5. (fols. 155, 156-157) letters of William Godwin to an unnamed correspondent, 10 Aug 1829, and to J.H. Leigh Hunt, 24 Jul 1835

(fols. 160-161v), John Hoadly (1711-1776):

  1. letter to William Bowyer the younger, 2 Aug 1767, with verses headed 'To the Revd. Dr. Lowth, at Bath', beginning, 'This to deny No Man's so rash, /That Warburton deserves the Lash...'

(fols. 165-168, 170-171v) George Lyttelton, 1st Baron Lyttelton, and his son Thomas (later 2nd Baron):

  1. joint letter to Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, 21 Sep 1759, and a second letter, 31 Oct 1760, from George Lyttelton alone

(fols. 175-176v) Anna Maria Canning, a member of the English community of Augustinian canonesses at Paris, Notre-Dame de Sion:

  1. letter to Mrs Thrale, 12 May 1776, consoling her on the death of her son Henry

(fols. 179-181) Robert Southey:

  1. short autograph note, n.d., concerning the Battle of Salamanca, with an engraved portrait

(fol. 185r-v) William Wilberforce:

  1. first leaf only of a letter to an unnamed correspondent, 16 Jul 1819


  • Creation: 1759-1875


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Language of Materials

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MS. Eng. lett. c. 461

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CMD ID 22209


Literary autographs and other papers collected by H.G. Pollard and his father A.F. Pollard.

Biographical / Historical

(Henry) Graham Pollard (1903-1976) was a bookseller and bibliographer. His father, Albert Frederick Pollard (1869-1948) was a historian, and an examiner in the school of modern history, Oxford University. Details are given in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from the estate of H.G. Pollard, 1979.

Literary autographs and other papers collected by H.G. Pollard and his father A.F. Pollard
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