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Correspondence, mainly of Cadell & Davies

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MS. Eng. lett. c. 851
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Correspondence, mainly of Cadell & Davies, 1802-1825, including:

  1. (fols. 1-45) correspondence with John MacCreery, 1802-1805
  2. (fols. 46-61) detailed accounts from MacCreery, mainly relating to William Roscoe's Life of Leo X (1805), 1803-1805
  3. (fols. 64-106) correspondence, mainly with William Roscoe, 1821-1825, about his edition of Alexander Pope's Works (1824)
  4. (fols. 107-109) bookseller's agreements relating to Pope's Works, 1821
  5. (fols. 110-113) a letter from William Lowndes to Robert Roscoe, [1824?]

The papers bear an earlier numbering, items 64-127, 156-190 (with some gaps).


  • Creation: 1802-1825


113 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. lett. c. 851, fols. 1-2].

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MS. Eng. lett. c. 851

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 23106


Correspondence, mainly of Cadell & Davies.

Biographical / Historical

Cadell & Davies was an English publishing company established in London in 1793 by bookseller and publisher Thomas Cadell the younger (1773-1836) and his apprentice, William Davies (d. 1820), when Thomas Cadell the elder (1742-1802) bequeathed his business to them. They shut down after Davies' death in 1819.

John MacCreery (1768-1832) was a printer and poet.

William Roscoe (1753–1831) was a historian and patron of the arts. For further details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought (through the Roy V. Sowyers fund) from Richard Hatchwell: (fols. 1-63) Malmesbury Miscellany 32 (1982), item 27, (fols. 46-109) Alexander Pope catalogue (1988), item 195, and (fols. 110-113) Alexander Pope catalogue (1988), item 107.

Related Materials

Letters from Cadell & Davies to Roscoe are in the Roscoe papers at Liverpool Record Office.

Correspondence, mainly of Cadell & Davies
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