MS Hyde 4
Huggins, William, 1696-1761. William Huggins papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Hyde 4
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Huggins, William, 1696-1761.
Title: William Huggins papers,
Date(s): 1755-1819 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1755-1761 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.1 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of translator William Huggins with Tobias Smollett and William Hogarth,
and other papers.
*2003JM-58 (part), *2003JM-155. All material from *2003JM-58 unless otherwise noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
In 1952 Jan., some of these papers were sold by Robert Goulbourne Parker (1900-1979) of Browsholme Hall in Lancashire to Donald and Mary Hyde. An additional seven letters
from Smollett to Huggins, with two copied Huggins letters and two related Huggins
documents, descended in the Huggins family to Janet Heatley Blunt (1859-1950) of Adderbury Manor, Banbury by 1936. After her death in 1950, they passed into the
hands of Lady Mabel Linda, who had them auctioned by Sotheby's, where they were purchased by Donald and Mary
Hyde on 1952 May 20 (Lots 326 through 332). The provenance of the estate volume is
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William Huggins Papers (MS Hyde 4). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Originally with this collection were two letters from Samuel Johnson to William Huggins,
now in the Samuel Johnson Letters, MS Hyde 1, item (52). Also acquired by the Hydes
with the Parker purchase were miscellaneous letters addressed to Giuseppe Baretti,
George Holme, and Thomas Monkhouse, now cataloged as the Robert Goulbourne Parker
Collection (MS Hyde 79).
William Huggins (1696-1761) of Headley Park in Hampshire, England was an early translator of Italian works into English. He published a translation
of Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso in 1757, and attempted a translation of Dante.
This collection consists of eighteen letters addressed to William Huggins (mostly
from painter William Hogarth and author Tobias George Smollett); five related letters,
1757-1761 and undated; a volume of estate papers from 1761 to 1775; and two related
documents, 1777 and post-1819.
- (1). Archer, [William?] Autograph letter, [no place] to William Huggins, undated. 1s.
Offering legal opinions in case of Tobias Smollett.
- (2). Hogarth, William, 1697-1764. Letters to William Huggins, 1758-1760. 3 items in 1 folder.
1758 Nov. 9 letter has untitled poem by William Huggins on verso.
- (3). Horton, Thomas. Autograph letter, signed, Hascomb [near Godalming, England] to William Huggins, 1760 Apr. 25. 1s.
- (4). Smollett, Tobias George, 1721-1771. Correspondence with William Huggins, 1757-1761. 16 items in 1 folder.
15 letters from Smollett to Huggins (some with draft responses by Huggins on verso);
1 draft letter from Huggins to Smollett, 1761.
All of the Smollett letters were published in The Letters of Tobias Smollett, Lewis M. Knapp, ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970).
For additional background, see L.F. Powell, William Huggins and Tobias Smollett, in Modern Philology 34:2 (1936 Nov.), 179-192.
- (5). Smollett, Tobias George, 1721-1771. Letters to Sir Thomas Gatehouse (d. 1799), 1761. 2 items in 1 folder.
Concerning the final illness of William Huggins.
Both letters were published in The Letters of Tobias Smollett, Lewis M. Knapp, ed. (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970).
- (6). Warneford, Richard, 1697 or 8-1755, recipient. Letters from William Huggins, 1755. 2 items in 1 folder.
Contemporary transcripts, apparently in the hand of Sir Thomas Gatehouse, the son-in-law of Huggins.
- (7). Estate of William Huggins : manuscript document, [no place] 1761-1775. 1v. (39 leaves).
Manuscript transcript in unknown hand of will and codicils of William Huggins, 1761, witnessed with signatures of William Bacon, Henry Dench, and John Hodding. Also quarterly receipts from daughter Maria Anna Huggins to Thomas Gatehouse as an executor of the William Huggins estate, 1761-1775. The first receipt is witnessed
by Edward Hill.
- (8). Genealogy : manuscript document, [no place] [not before 1819] 1s.
A series of questions regarding the descendants of William Huggins, with replies in a different hand.