MS Hyde 79
Parker, Robert Goulbourne, 1900-1979. Robert Goulbourne Parker collection: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 80)
Call No.: MS Hyde 79
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Parker, Robert Goulbourne, 1900-1979.
Title: Robert Goulbourne Parker collection,
Date(s): 1707-1777 (inclusive),
Date(s): 1707-1764 (bulk).
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.1 linear ft.)
Abstract: Correspondence of Giuseppe Baretti, George Holme, and Thomas Monkhouse, concerning
translations of Italian works and other topics.
*2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
This collection was formerly the property of Col. Robert Goulbourne Parker (1900-1979),
the son of Col. John William Robinson Parker (1857-1938). His family had occupied
Browsholme Hall in Lancashire, England continuously since the sixteenth century. No
family connection has been established between Parker and the principals in this collection.
Robert Goulbourne Parker sold the collection to Donald and Mary Hyde in 1952.
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Robert Goulbourne Parker Collection (MS Hyde 79). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Originally with this collection were 14 letters to William Huggins, now forming a
large part of the William Huggins Papers (MS Hyde 4); and two letters from Samuel
Johnson to Huggins, now in the Samuel Johnson Letters (MS Hyde 1), item (52).
George Holme (ca. 1676-1765) attended Queen's College, Oxford, receiving his B.A. in 1699 and M.A. in 1702. He
served as chaplain to the English merchants at Algiers circa 1707 to 1709, before
receiving his D.D. in 1718. From 1718 until his death in 1765, he served as the rector
of Headley in Hampshire. Rev. Holme was succeeded briefly at Headley by Thomas Monkhouse (1726?-1793), another graduate of Queen's College. Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti (1719-1789) collaborated with William Huggins (1696-1761) of Headley on a 1755 translation of
Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, using Temple Henry Croker as an intermediary.
Biographical data on Holme and Monkhouse can be found in John Richard Magrath's The Queen's College (Oxford: Clarenden Press, 1921), 116.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence of Giuseppe Baretti
- II. Correspondence of George Holme
- III. Correspondence of Thomas Monkhouse
Each of the three series relates at least tangentially to the village of Headley, in Hampshire, England, south of Farnham. Other than this local angle, a recurring thread is translation of Italian literary
- Series: I. Correspondence of Giuseppe Baretti
- (1). Croker, Temple Henry, 1729 or 30-1790? Correspondence with Giuseppe Baretti, 1754-1759. 5 items in 1 folder.
4 autograph letters signed by Baretti, and one final autograph letter signed by Croker.
One of the letters is addressed to Croker at Headley.
Three letters are written partly in Italian, and are accompanied by typescript translations.
The letters mostly concern Baretti's work in helping Croker and William Huggins translate Orlando Furioso by Italian poet Lodovico Ariosto (1474-1533).
- (2). Townsend, Henry, recipient. Autograph letter, signed, London, from Giuseppe Baretti, 1755 Sept. 24. 1 item in 1 folder.
Concerning Italian translation.
- Series: II. Correspondence of George Holme
- (4). Delafaye, Charles. Autograph letter signed, Whitehall [London] to George Holme, 1723 Nov. 16. 1 item in 1 folder.
Requesting the translation of a Moroccan ambassador's credential letter.
- (5). Hill, John, b. 1676?, recipient. Autograph letter signed, Portsmouth, from George Holme, 1707 June 3. 1 item in 1 folder.
Apparently written as a chaplain aboard a naval vessel.
- (7). Kennett, Basil, 1674-1715. Autograph letter, signed, Leghorn [Livorno, Italy] to George Holme, 1709 Mar. 6. 1 item in 1 folder.
Addressed to Holme in Algiers.
- (8). London, Edmund. Autograph letter, signed, Fulham [London] to George Holme, 1727 June 1. 1 item in 1 folder.
Written by Holme's cousin, offering legal opinion.
- (9). Shaw, Thomas, 1694-1751. Letters to George Holme, 1722-1723. 2 items in 1 folder.
Written in Algiers (Algeria), describing Shaw's tour of the Middle East.
- (10). Tickell, Thomas, 1686-1740. Letters to George Holme, 1721. 3 items in 1 folder.
- (11). Warner, Richard, 1713?-1775. Autograph letter, signed, Woodford Row, Essex, to George Holme, 1763 Jan. 10. 1 item in 1 folder.
Concerning translation of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), and requesting introduction to Thomas Monkhouse.
- Series: III. Correspondence of Thomas Monkhouse
- (12). Ducarel, Andrew Coltee, 1713-1785. Autograph letter, signed, Doctor's Commons [London] to Thomas Monkhouse, 1777 Sept. 11. 1 item in 1 folder.
- (13). Warner, Richard, 1713?-1775. Letters to Thomas Monkhouse, 1763-1764. 4 items in 1 folder.
Concerning translation of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), etc.