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MS Eng 1461

Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853. Benjamin Bailey scrapbook, 1817-1849: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: Keats Room b
Call No.: MS Eng 1461
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853.
Title: Benjamin Bailey scrapbook,
Date(s): 1817-1849.
Quantity: 1 collection (1 box (.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Scrapbook of letters and compositions by and about Benjamin Bailey, a friend of the English poet John Keats.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-8. Manuscript deposited by Arthur Amory Houghton Jr., Wye Plantation, Queenstown, Maryland. Purchased at Sotheby's London, 1951 June 19, lot 459; received: 1951 July 20. Gift: 1970 December 7.
This scrapbook was formerly owned by Henry J.S. Bailey (d.1936).

Processing Information:

Many of the notes included in this finding aid are taken from: Hyder E. Rollins. "Benjamin Bailey's Scrapbook." Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol.VI, Winter, 1957, and are marked: Rollins. Extensive details about this scrapbook can be found in this article.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Benjamin Bailey Scrapbook, 1817-1849 (MS Eng 1461). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Benjamin Bailey (1791?-1853) was an undergraduate at Oxford University who later became the Archdeacon of Colombo. He has been called "the best trained scholar of Keats' acquaintance." He was a friend of the English poet John Keats.



Items are arranged as bound into the scrapbook.

Scope and Contents

Includes autograph compositions by Benjamin Bailey (including sermons,poems,essays), letters to Bailey, correspondence between various others, Bailey family miscellany, and compositions by various others. Some of the material concerns the poet John Keats.
Spine title: M.S.S. autographs, &c. Fly leaf signed: B. Bailey Colombo. 1844. Titlepage Part I: Manuscripts, Autographs, and other Papers. No.1. Collected in 1842-48-50. Titlepage Part II: Manuscripts, Autographs, and other Papers. No.2 Collected in 1842-1844. Includes autograph lists of contents of volume.

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