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Additional correspondence of Maria Edgeworth and family

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MS. 6408

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Comprises letters:
  1. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Samuel Hayes, 5 Jun 1763 - refers to: arrows; and Sir Thomas Parkyns [poor condition, in fragments].
  2. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to 'Nancy' [Mrs Anna Edgeworth, née Elers], 8 Dec [1771] - refers to: marriage; Lyons; and Dick [his son, Richard Edgeworth].
  3. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to 'Nancy' [Mrs Anna Edgeworth, née Elers], 12 Jan [1772] - refers to: Irish affairs; duty; marriage; Mr Elers; and Mr Day.
  4. To 'Nancy' [1778] - refers to: Dr Darwin's loss; and Lord Chatham.
  5. 'A journal of the few [four] last days of my _ Honora's life. For Miss E. Sneyd' [1780].
  6. Copy of last letter from Honora Edgeworth to Mrs M Powys - refers to husband [1780].
  7. Drafts of letter to Mr Urban [?1780] - regarding obituary of Honora Edgeworth née Sneyd [1780].
  8. Copy letter from Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Revd Mr Seward, 25 Dec 1781 - refers to portrait of Honora Edgeworth née Sneyd and her upbringing.
  9. Letter from Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Josiah Wedgewood, 15 Apr 1782 - refers to: dressing table gift; specimens; and politics.
  10. [?Bishop of Derry], 12 Feb 1784 - refers to illness.
  11. Lavinia Spencer [to Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 26 Mar 1784 - refers to: Popular Tales; and stay in Ireland and establishment of 'Telegraphs'.
  12. [Josiah Wedgwood] to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 22 Sep 1788 - refers to sauce boat and dish design.
  13. Louisa Lansdowne [to Richard Lovell Edgeworth], [pre 1789] - refers to: illness of herself and children; and London.
  14. James Turkington [to Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 13 Feb 1789 - refers to: receipt of book; and stopping of the River Shannon at Althone.
  15. 'Character sent to The Star of Wm Foster B[isho]p of Clogher', 8 Nov 1797. With [later] pencil doodles.
  16. Lady A[nne] Holte to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 7 Mar 1798 - refers to: consoling letters; his children and the visit of 'E.E'.
  17. Mr Phillips to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 21 Jul 1802 - refers to Mr Bilsborrow's letter in the Monthly Magazine and Dr Darwin's death.
  18. Lord Selkirk to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 14 Aug 1802 - refers to: plans for son Sneyd; and recruiting serjeant mustering young Irish men.
  19. To Mrs Ruxton [from Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 13 Feb 1803 - refers to: orders to quit Paris; and arrival at Passy.
  20. Copy of letter to Lord Spencer, 9 Mar 1803 - refers to hostile designs of the Consul.
  21. Copy of letter to Lady Spencer, 11 May 1803 - refers to hostility of French government, particularly to Ireland.
  22. Lavinia Spencer to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 20 May 1803 - refers to: letter regarding ideas for Ireland in current situation; and wishes for family.
  23. Richard Lovell Edgeworth [to Lavinia Spencer], 30 May 1803 - refers to: Bonaparte's delaying tactics and circumstances relative to Ireland; benefit of a system of Telegraphs; and religious education.
  24. [Draft letter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth] to Lady Spencer, 26 Jun 1803 - refers to: Bonaparte's Irish intentions.
  25. Lady Lavinia Spencer to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 10 Nov 1804 - refers to Maria's writings.
  26. [Draft letter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth] to Lady Lavinia Spencer, 21 Nov 1804 - refers to motives behind sending Griselda.
  27. Letter from Lady Lavinia Spencer, 5 Jan 1805 - refers to: Maria's manuscripts; and Professional Education.
  28. [Draft letter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth] to Lady Lavinia Spencer, 17 Jan 1805 - refering to Captain Beaufort.
  29. [Thomas Packenham, Earl of] Longford to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 16 Apr 1806 - refers to: sister's marriage to Sir Arthur Wellesley; button dies; and Judge Fox.
  30. [George] Lord Spencer to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 29 Jun 1809 - refers to: Professional Education; and Captain Beaufort.
  31. Miss A.M. Nangle to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 30 Jul 1810 - refers to her brother Marcus Heyland.
  32. Mrs A. Lyne to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Oct 1810 - refers to: mental condition of Miss Montgomery and procuring advice.
  33. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Walter Scott, 20 Feb 1812 - refers to: rolling towers, with illustration; and Miss Edgeworth's new Tales of Fashionable Life.
  34. The Bishop of Meath to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 7 Apr 1812 - refers to money for Wiggins.
  35. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Lovell Edgeworth, 15 Apr 1812 - refers to: absence; confinement; people of letters; and Napoleon. [2 copies]
  36. The Bishop of Meath to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, Jun 1812 - refers to: payment to Mr Wiggins; steeple; and Tales of Fashionable Life.
  37. William Fitzgerald to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 26 Dec 1812 - refers to memorial from the children of the late Mr [Meath].
  38. Richard Lovell, 'F. & M.' Edgeworth [to ?], 26 Jun 1813 - refers to proposed visit.
  39. John King to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 7 Aug 1813 - refers to history and Wood's account of Roger Edgeworth buried in Wells for Memoir; Richard Lovell Edgeworth's book on carriages; Emmeline and the children; household improvements; Mrs Egdeworth's eyes; and Sneyd Edgeworth's address.
  40. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to William Strutt, 23 Sep 1813 - refers to helping the family.
  41. Copy of letter from Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Lovell Edgeworth, 30 Sep 1813 - refers to: Charles Sneyd Edgeworth's marriage and house for them; Lovell's exile; legacy to sons; and visit to England.
  42. J. Marcet to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 20 May 1814 - refers to: papers; political opinions in Paris and pamphlets; and the Empress Josephine at Malmaison.
  43. Copy letter Richard Lovell Edgeworth (dictated) to Mr Fitzgerald, 31 May 1814 - refers to concordatum ['Concoreadum'] money for the Miss Montgomerys.
  44. Copy of letter addressed to Louis XVIII, 5 Jun 1814 - requesting permission to dedicate to Louis a published account of Abbé Edgeworth.
  45. Diana Welchman to Mr Edgeworth, 2 Sep 1814 - refers to her family, including son George in Halifax in America.
  46. To [Richard Lovell Edgeworth?] from [unknown sender], Bombay, 3 Oct 1814 - refers to: death of mother; mention of name to the Earl of Moira; requesting recommendation to the Governor, Sir Evan Nepean; and hope of release for Lovell Edgeworth.
  47. Philip [Crumpton], Medical Board to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 27 Dec 1814 - refers to: medical case involving bloodletting, with illustration of limb [leg].
  48. Lord Longford to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 22 May 1815 - refers to: deceased brother Edward's papers brought in the fleet from New Orleans; and treatment of Captain Beaufort.
  49. Philip Crampton to Mrs Edgeworth, 10 May 1815 - refers to: pain in the thigh, including recipe for liniment.
  50. Lord Carrington to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 27 Jun 1815 - refers to: events in France; and conveyance of communication to Paris.
  51. Note regarding Mr Edgeworth's illness, 9 Aug 1815.
  52. D.A. Beaufort [to unknown recipient], 17 Aug 1815 - refers to: note [from Richard Lovell Edgeworth]; 'new invented battlement' [for church]; prospective date of inauguration [of the church]; work on the church; and the Hiberian Bible society.
  53. Folder of three letters Lord Forbes to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, one dated 25 Aug 1815 - refers to: illegal associations; mother's spirits; safety of letters/messengers; and taking up arms.
  54. J.L. Foster to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 26 Aug 1815 - refers to the Dublin Society and Edgeworth's wheel carriages experiments.
  55. John Ayrton Paris [to Richard Lovell Edgeworth], Penzance, 19 Sep 1815 - refers to suitability of Penzance as a residence for 'an Invalid'.
  56. Mr Giddy to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 23 Sep 1815 - refers to Penzance being a suitable residence for 'an Invalid'.
  57. Copy letter to 'the Primate' [from Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 6 Oct 1815 - being a recommendation for Charles Snyed Edgeworth for the position of Secretary to the Board of Education.
  58. Thomas Elrington to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 7 Oct 1815 - refers to: proposition regarding experiments; and successor to Corneille as Secretary to the Board of Education.
  59. G. Knox to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 10 Oct 1815 - refers to: Doctor Paris and Penzance; and health of his wife.
  60. Bishop of Cork to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 13 Oct 1815 - refers to vote for the post of Secretary of the Board of Education.
  61. Vesey Fitzgerald to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 30 Oct 1815 - refers to: request for [Board of Education] appointment for Sneyd Edgeworth.
  62. Mr Wyatt to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 7 Nov 1815 - refers to: corrections in genealogy in the memoir of Abbé Edgeworth.
  63. Matthew O'Conor to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 7 Nov 1815 - refers to invitation to Edgeworthstown.
  64. G.B. Greenough to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 6 Dec 1815 - refers to: stomach disorder; case for Abernethy; the good of Miss Edgeworth; Davy's coal mining lamp; and invitation to Edgeworthstown.
  65. Copy letter to Sidney Smith from Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 8 Jan 1816 - refers to: items brought by the French from Egypt; and piracies on the coast of Barbary.
  66. Anne Fox to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 17 Jan 1816 - refers to: Dr Fox.
  67. Lord Fingall to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 18 Jan 1816 - refers to: wishes for protégé; study of divinity; and health.
  68. Maria Edgeworth (dictation of Richard Lovell Edgeworth) to Charles Sneyd Edgeworth, 6 Feb 1816 - refers to: wishes relating to burial; debts of pall bearers; servants not to be put into mourning but given small acknowledgement; monument; and son Lovell [with much later pencil annotation].
  69. Copy of letter to M. de Caze, Mar 1816: refers to monument for the Abbé Edgeworth.
  70. Lord Longford to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 13 Mar 1816 - refers to mother's death.
  71. Captain [Septimus] Arabin [to Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 6 Apr 1816 - refers to: series of documents; subscriptions; the Ottoman court; piracy and slave trade.
  72. Henry Holland to Maria Edgeworth, 16 Jun 1816 - refers to: Mr Whishaw; Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health; news from London (state trials, etc.); Govenor Raffle's book on Java; Sir George Hamilton's return from China; Lord and Lady Lansdowne; Sir Humphrey and Lady Davy; Lord Byron's Manfred; Madame de Staël; marriage of Miss M. Elphinstone and General Flahaut; [?the actor] Talma; and going to Spa.
  73. J. Crawford to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 23 Jul 1816 - refers to death of Mrs Hamilton.
  74. Bishop of Meath to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 20 Aug-21 Aug 1816 - refers to: Miss Montgomery; Colonel Ready's petition; Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health; his own health; and visit of the Ruxtons.
  75. Copy letter to Lord Longford [from Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 25 Aug 1816 - refers to: Lord Longford's marriage.
  76. Copy letter [Richard Lovell Edgeworth] to the Archbishop of Tuam, 7 Sep 1816 - refers to: the three Miss Montgomerys' case of distress.
  77. Peter Holland to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 24 Sep 1816 - refers to: Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health; medicine and [taking the waters at] Cheltenham or Leamington; symptoms; career of his son Henry Holland; and death of his father.
  78. Copy letter Richard Lovell Edgeworth to the War Office, 13 Oct 1816 - refers to: request of the sister of Charles Connor, both siblings of the former marine of the Centaur Owen Connor, who drowned in the West Indies.
  79. Francis Beaufort to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 17 Nov 1816 - refers to: potential passage to South Caroline [for ?Quin] to examine titles and his great-grandfather's will; and Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health.
  80. Judge Luke Fox to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 5 Dec 1816 - refers to: invitation to Edgeworthstown; and his health.
  81. Archbishop of Tuam to [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 7 Dec 1816 - refers to the Miss Montgomerys.
  82. Copy letter to Tilloch's Journal [ The Philosophical Magazine and Journal], Dec 1816 - refers to: reward offered for cure to digestive health problem.
  83. A. Leonard Voullaire to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 9 Dec 1816 - requesting pecuniary support for his family.
  84. Captain Francis Beaufort to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 25 Dec 1816 - refers to: Christmas; and visit to Ireland. With additional letter from 'AMB' to her sister.
  85. Willy Foster to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 27 Jan 1817 - refers to visiting Edgeworthstown.
  86. Draft letter Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Mr and Mrs French, 6 Jan 1817 - refers to: invitation to visit; health; and extending hospitality.
  87. Arthur French to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 12 Jan 1817 - refers to: regret in declining invitation; and Richard Lovell Edgeworth's son.
  88. Bishop of Meath to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 15 Jan 1817 - refers to: employing Wilkins to build church near Dunshaughlin; Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health; and own health.
  89. Alexander Taylor to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 13 Feb 1817 - refers to Mrs Taylor's fall and recovery.
  90. 'Enigma' [rhyming riddle] by 'Mr. E.', 12 Mar 1817.
  91. Copy letter 'Mr Carlysle' to 'my father' [Richard Lovell Edgeworth], 7 Mar 1817 - refers to: proposal in Tilloch's journal for medical opinions on the condition of the stomach.
  92. William Beaufort to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 26 Mar 1817 - refers to: gratitude on behalf of father; the bond and the deed of trust; and Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health.
  93. Bishop of Meath to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 10 Apr 1817 - refers to: rebuilding of the church of Castlepollard; own health; Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health; 70th birthday; and Maria's new work.
  94. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Lovell Edgeworth and Charles Sneyd Edgeworth, 20 May 1817 - containing instructions for funeral and instructions for servants.
  95. Draft letter Richard Lovell Edgeworth to the Duchess of Wellington, 22 May 1817 - refers to: publishing of royal letters in the newspapers and collection of letters of famous writers; sending three volumes of Tales; and the Duke of Wellington's fame.
  96. Richard Lovell Edgeworth to Lovell Edgeworth, 25 May 1817 - refers to: visiting for birthday celebrations; visit of Harrington; and sales of Ormond.
  97. Copy letter Richard Lovell Edgeworth [written by Maria Edgeworth] to Lady Romilly, 8 Jun 1817 - refers to: death and health; Madame de Staël; Lord Lansdowne's illness; Maria's works and songs; and own compositions.
  98. Copy letter ('never sent') [Richard Lovell Edgeworth] to [?], 11 Jun 1817 - refers to: publishing of memoirs and security for same.
  99. Mr Crampton to Richard Lovell Edgeworth, 10 Jun 1817 - refers to: Richard Lovell Edgeworth's health and use of opium in such a case.
  100. Copy extract from Richard Lovell Edgeworth's will, 21 Jun 1817, relating to Frances Anne Edgeworth's care of his children.
  101. Jane O'Br[?] to Maria Edgeworth, 22 Jun 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  102. J. Marcet [to Maria Edgeworth], 22 Jun 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  103. Henry Holland to Maria Edgeworth, 24 Jun 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  104. M. Powys to Maria Edgeworth, 25 Jun 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  105. J. Whishaw to Maria Edgeworth, 28 Jun 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  106. J. Baillie to Maria Edgeworth, 1 Jul 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; Harrington and Ormond; new Tales; and Love and Law drama.
  107. E. Brinkley to Maria Edgeworth, 3 Jul 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; Miss Weller; John and suffering in Clontibret; and death of coachman.
  108. C.N. Pallmer, 11 Jul 1817 - refers to death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  109. E.J. Foster to Maria Edgeworth, 14 Jul 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; and family whereabouts.
  110. J[ane] Davy to Maria Edgeworth, 15 Jul 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; visit to England; Harrington; Mrs Joanna; summer plans and the Fanshaws selling their place in Surrey; the actor [Falma]; health and travelling; and Captain Beaufort.
  111. Louisa Lansdowne to Maria Edgeworth, 23 Jul 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; visiting England; and health of family.
  112. M.D. Guillemare to Maria Edgeworth, 25 Jul 1817 - refers to: gift of comic dramas; and death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  113. Letter to Maria Edgeworth, 25 Jul 1817 - refers to: gift and letter; Richard Lovell Edgeworth; Maria's works; Sir Humphrey Davy; Madam de Staël; [Sir Walter] Scott; Mr and Mrs Ruxton; and Lady Romilly. [French]
  114. Francis Beaufort to Maria Edgeworth, 28 Jul 1817 - refers to her writing and timing publication of [the Memoirs of her father].
  115. Jane O'Bri[?] to Maria Edgeworth, 30 Jul 1817 - refers to: editing her father's Memoirs; Mrs Edgeworth; the Bishop; Harrington and Ormond; letter from the Archdeacon on his travels; and letters.
  116. H[?] Del[essert?] to Maria Edgeworth, 1 Aug 1817 - refers to: death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth; voyage; and Lovell Edgeworth [French].
  117. [Lady] A[nne] Romilly to Maria Edgeworth, 1 Aug 1817 - refers to: carriage accident in Windsor Forest; review; [Jeremy] Bentham; Madame de Staël; Lady Morgan's book; Lovell Edgeworth and his school; and Tales, Ormond and Harrington.
  118. Lord Carrington to Maria Edgeworth, 12 Aug 1817 - refers to: Captain Beaufort and the death of Richard Lovell Edgeworth.
  119. Charles Hundfield to Maria Edgeworth, 9 Aug 1819 - refers to observation on papers sent [probably manuscript of Memoirs] and disturbances in Longford involving Major Eustace and Mr Edgeworth.
  120. Henry Gratton, 19 Aug 1819 - refers to receipt of package [containing draft manuscript of the Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth] and comments on parliamentary bill; dinner given by G.R. Fitzgerald; and the Convention, etc.
  121. W. Carnell to Mr Hunter, 27 Oct 1819 - refers to enclosed letter of Richard Lovell Edgeworth to give to Maria Edgeworth.
  122. Copy letter J. Whishaw to [Maria Edgeworth], 19 May 1820 - refers to: receipt of present and Memoirs.
  123. Copy letter to Mr Palmer [from Maria Edgeworth], 26 Nov [year not given, but pre 1817] - refers to: bill and receipt for John Langan; and the situation of the [Mcilloys].
  124. Copy letters of Richard Lovell Edgeworth 'on the character of the Irish people' ('taken from the box containing RLE's letters and papers (now in the study) and put into this Book belonging to Mrs E by Maria E May 1849').
  125. Undated fragement of writing, with pencil sketch on reverse.

Dates

  • 1763-1849

Extent

1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

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Shelfmark:

MS. 6408

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 6408

Abstract

Letters of the engineer, inventor and educationist Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817) and his daughter, the writer Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), 1763-1849.

Biographical / Historical

Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), writer and educationist, was born in Black Bourton, Oxfordshire to Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744-1817), engineer, inventor and educationist, and the first of his four wives, Anna Maria Elers (1743-1773). The family returned to live on the family estate in Edgeworthstown, Ireland, in 1782. Richard Lovell Edgeworth had twenty-two children in total and Maria became responsible for the education of her many younger half-siblings.

A member of the Lunar Society, Richard Lovell Edgeworth was associated with many of the learned and scientific minds of the day. Alongside his inventions, he was also interested in the education of children. Maria was encouraged by her father to write and her first published work, Letters for Literary Ladies, was published in 1795. This was followed by her book for children, The Parent's Assistant in 1796. Along with her father, Maria published their seminal work Practical Education in 1798.

Maria's first novel, Castle Rackrent, was published in 1800 and Maria soon became regarded as one of the pre-eminent novelists of the period and certainly one of the most commercially successful. After her father's death in 1817 and her subsequent editing of the Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, her creative output diminished and her final novel, Helen was published in 1834.

Arrangement

The letters are arranged chronologically. Some letters have 20th-century handwritten note label [?by Christina Colvin], filed prior to the associated letter.

Custodial History

These letters probably formed part of the larger collection of Edgeworth correspondence in the possession of Christina Colvin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given to the Bodleian Library by the Friends of the Bodleian via David Butler (on behalf of L. Colvin), 2010.

Related Materials

Bodleian Libraries
  1. Archive of Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) and the Edgeworth Family, 17th-19th century.
  2. MSS. 16087/1-5 - Letters from Maria Edgeworth to Peter Holland and letters from Sir Henry Holland to Maria Edgeworth, Lucy Aikin and Peter Holland, 1799-1853.
National Library of Ireland
  1. MS 10,166/7 & MS 11,132; Pos. 9206-9035 - Edgeworth Papers, 1724-1889.
Title
Catalogue of additional correspondence of Maria Edgeworth and family
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid prepared by Rachael Marsay
Date
2020
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Sponsor
Catalogued with the generous support of the Roy Davids bequest.

Repository Details

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