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MS Hyde 52

Boswell family. Boswell family papers: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b, Hyde Case 9
Call No.: MS Hyde 52
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Boswell family.
Title: Boswell family papers,
Date(s): 1729-1822.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box and 1 volume (.4 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers from the grandfather, father, and children of biographer James Boswell, largely on family matters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

*2003JM-57, *2003JM-129. All material from *2003JM-57 unless otherwise noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Boswell Family Papers (MS Hyde 52). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

The bulk of the Boswell family papers are at Yale University.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers of the grandfather, father, and children of biographer James Boswell (1740-1795). Of particular interest are: father Alexander Boswell's memorandum book with a description of the death and funeral of his own mother, Elizabeth Boswell, in 1734, item (3); a letter ca. 1814 from daughter Euphemia Boswell to composer Charles Wesley, item (9); a 1791 letter from son James Boswell Jr., annotated with an interesting personal note by his father the biographer, item (12); a 1790 letter from daughter Veronica Boswell describing the extended visit of her father's friend William Johnston Temple, item (17); and a letter describing the effects of son Sir Alexander Boswell's fatal duel in 1822, item (19).

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