MS Eng 1461
Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853. Benjamin Bailey scrapbook, 1817-1849: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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,
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.
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).
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.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
Benjamin Bailey Scrapbook, 1817-1849 (MS Eng 1461). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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.
- For detailed description of contents of this scrapbook see: Hyder E. Rollins. "Benjamin
Bailey's Scrapbook." Keats-Shelley Journal, Vol.VI, Winter, 1957, copy in Manuscript Department curatorial file.
Items are arranged as bound into the scrapbook.
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.
- (1). Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. Moral principle. A.MS. (unsigned) essay; Oxford, 1817. 15f.(22p.)
- (2). Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. Letters on church government. A.MS. (unsigned) essay; [n.p.] 1825. 24f.(40p.)
- (3). Mill, William Hodge, 1792-1853. MS.L. (copy) to G. V. Withers; Alexandria, 17 Jul 1838. 14f.(28p.)
Rollins: Mill was the "first principal of Bishop's College, Calcutta, and later regius
professor of Hebrew at Cambridge (1848-1853), wrote aboard H.M.S. 'Megaera,' Alexandria,
to Withers, a professor in Bishop's College, giving details about his 'long and by
no means slow ramble through Upper and Middle Egypt and Nubia' during four months
beginning January 21.
- (6). Tooth, Eliza T. Quatorzain addressed on her Birthday 25th Novr 1842 To my beloved friend Mrs. Richd. Smith. After the interdicted correspondence in Ceylon, upon her writing her beautiful Poem,
'Evening' Addressed by her, to the Rev. B. Bailey, in Aug. 1842. A.MS.s.; Stoke Newington, 25 Nov 1842. 1s.(2p.)
Copy sent to Benjamin Bailey.
Rollins: Beginning "Souls are no sex- they freely intermix," and signed "Eliza T.
Tooth [?]," of Stamford Hill, Stoke Newington, this last poem was mailed to Bailey,
and is postmarked November 26, 1842.
- (7). Freeman, M. [2 sonnets]. A.MS.s. poems; [n.p.] 10-12 Sep 1830. 3s.(4p.)
Rollins: Mr. Freeman's poems, beginning "Dead must his heart be, - when the blooming
year" and "Hast thou not, gentle reader, oft times known."
- (9). Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. [Epitaphs and memorial poems on Hamilton (Gleig) Bailey]. A.MS. and printed copies; Colombo, Ceylon, 1832-1834. 6f.(6p.)
Hamilton Bailey was the wife of Benjamin Bailey.
Rollins: Contains Bailey's autograph and printed copies of the inscription on his
wife's tomb at Colombo (she was born at Stirling on April 19, 1793, and died at Colombo
on March 31, 1832), which concludes with eight verses by him; unsigned poems in manuscript
and print - "For a Sketch," March, 1834, "On a Profile," May, 1833, "On the Counterpart,"
May, 1833, "On a Portrait," August, 1834 (perhaps once belonging to this item is an
untitled poem inserted after the letter [item (13) below].
- (10). Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. An Easter sermon for 1832. A.MS.s. (initials); Colombo, Ceylon, 22 Apr 1832. 14f.(28p.)
A funeral sermon on his wife, Hamilton (Gleig) Bailey.
- (12). Villett, [Mme]. A.L. (signature wanting) to Benjamin Bailey; Marseilles, 10 Feb 1833. 2f.(4p.)
Rollins: Letter in English from Mme Villett, "an old woman of 73," evidently a Protestant,
on the death of the husband of "little Mrs Budd," of Malta, who, penniless and with
six children, managed to get to Marseilles, where she is running a lodging house;
on the illness of M. Villett and of Mrs. Turnbull, wife of the English consul. Presumably
the writer had belonged to Bailey's small church.
- (13). Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. When sorrow dims the soul within [first line]. A.MS.s. (initials) poem; [Colombo, Ceylon] 24 Oct 1842. 1s.(1p.)
- (14). Houghton, Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st baron, 1809-1885. 2 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; London, 18 Dec  and 17 Jul [n.d.] each. 1s.(4p.) laid in.
Inserted at point where Bailey removed 2 A.L.s. of John Keats to send to Milnes.
Rollins: The most interesting piece in the scrapbook. A separate heading runs, "2
Letters of John Keats, '1818.' 1 Taken out to be sent to Richard Monckton Milnes Esqr
Editor of Keats' 'Remains.' Octor 13. 1848. BB." Actually Bailey wrote to Milnes on
October 15 and 16, enclosing one Keats letter (No. 26 in M.B. Forman's 1952 edition).
He there refers to "two letters (one of which I inclose [sic] you) which I had placed
in a book of autographs I collected and bound up a few years ago." Evidently the second
letter (No. 28) was removed from the volume at some later date. Here also is the first
draft in Bailey's hand of the long biographical letter about the poet which, after
being copied by his daughter Mrs. Mitford, was forwarded to Milnes." [The text of
these letters is reproduced in full in the Rollins article].
- (16). Cook, John, 1771-1824. 5 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; St. Andrews, 25 Jul 1820-Nov 1824. 10f.(18p.)
Date: 25 Jul 1820-Nov 1824.
Rollins: John Cook, professor of Hebrew at St. Andrews (1802-1824), a great admirer
of Bailey's. While writing the last letter Cook had expected Bailey and his wife to
dinner on Friday (the 19th) at four o'clock. Soon John Cook, Jr. (1808-1869), professor
of ecclesiastical history at St. Andrews (1860-1868), informed Bailey, November 28,
"My excellent father departed this life at 10 o'clock this morning." [See item (17)
- (17). Cook, John, 1808-1869. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; St. Andrews, 28 Nov 1824. 1s.(3p.)
See notes with item (16) above.
- (18). Skinner, John. 5 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Inchgarth, 10 Sep 1828-18 Jul 1829. 10s.(20p.)
Date: 10 Sep 1828-18 Jul 1829.
Rollins: John Skinner (1769-1841), son of John Skinner (1744-1816), the bishop of
Aberdeen (1786-1816) and primus of Scotland (1788-1816), and brother of William Skinner
(1778-1857), who held the same offices, writes about various things to Bailey at Marseilles.
- (19). Russell, Michael, bp. of Glasgow, 1781-1848. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Leith, 18 Jan 1848. 1s.(4p.)
Rollins: Michael Russell (1781-1848), bishop of Glasgow and Galloway (1837-1848),
discusses mainly details about Bailey's funds in the Bank of Scotland from November
9, 1841, to December 31, 1847.
- (20). Bush, James. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Cullomton, Devon, 2 Nov 1849. 2f.(4p.)
Rollins: The Reverend Mr. James Bush, author of The Choice: Or, Lines on the Batitudes (London, 1841), wrote to Bailey from his daughter Mrs. Webster's house at Cullompton,
Devon, saying, "Your Manual has reached Mr Wordsworth by the Hands of one of my Daughters.
Your Manuscript Poems shall be safely delivered to your Brother." Bush was then on
his deathbed, though the end did not come until December 11, as is told in a letter
from his son Paul, of South Luffenham, Stamford. [See item (21) below].
- (21). Bush, Paul. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Cullomton, Devon, 13 Dec 1849. 2f.(4p.)
See notes with item (20) above.
- (22). Marsh, Herbert, bp. of Peterborough, 1757-1839. 3 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Peterborough, 23 May 1822-11 Jul 1826. 8f.(8p.)
Date: 23 May 1822-11 Jul 1826.
Rollins: Item concerns Bailey's curacy in Peterborough. To Herbert Marsh (1757-1839),
bishop of that diocese (1819-1839), he had written announcing his intention of resigning
the Dallington living at Christmas. The bishop replied urging him to stay through
the following September, and suggesting that if Mr. Trottman by that time have deacon's
orders Bailey nominate him as a successor. The bishop sent to Westgate, Kent (?),
a testimonial, saying that he had instituted Bailey to the vicarage of Dallington
on December 21, 1819, "which Living he held about three years. During the whole of
that period he conducted himself to my entire satisfaction." In a final letter, Herbert
Peterborough forwards Bailey a letter from Bishop Gleig, and asks him to inform the
bishop "that the privilege of receiving Letters free does not extend to packets which
weigh more than an ounce."
- (23). Luscombe, Michael Henry Thornhill, bp., 1776-1846. 10 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Paris, 30 Aug 1827 - 8 Apr. 1831. 19f.(26p.)
Date: 30 Aug 1827 - 8 Apr. 1831.
Rollins: Luscombe, was the Continental bishop of the Scottish Episcopal Church and
chaplain (1825-1846) at the Paris embassy. They show that Bailey went to southern
France because of his wife's ill health.
- (24). Blomfield, Charles James, bp. of London, 1786-1857. MS.L. (copy) to Michael Henry Thornhill Luscombe; London, 20 Mar 1829. 2f.(4p.)
Rollins: Blomfield was bishop of London.
- (25). Blomfield, Charles James, bp. of London, 1786-1857. 2 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; London, 7 and 13 Jun 1831. 6f.(4p.)
- (26). Nevett, Charles Shaw. 2 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Dryburg Abbey, 1831. 4f.(7p.)
- (27). Fletcher, Maria Jane (Jewsbury) 1800-1833. 6 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; India, 1833. 20f.(40p.)
Includes several poems.
- (28). Fletcher, William Kew. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Poonah, 6 Oct 1833. 2f.(2p.)
On the death of his wife.
- (29). Fletcher, Maria Jane (Jewsbury) 1800-1833. Dedicatory stanzas to William Wordsworth Esqr. A.MS.s. (initials); [n.p.,n.d.] 2f.(2p.)
Rollins: Copy (made by Bailey's daughter) of Miss Jewsbury's stanzas to Wordsworth,
"A simple solitary flower."
- (30). [Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853]. On Southey's loss of mind. A.MS. (unsigned) poem; Colombo, 22 Mar 1841. 1s.(1p.)
Rollins: "Given to James Bush of the Ship Thos Coutts, for my dear friend his father,
the Rev. Jas Bush, the neighbour and friend of Southey."
- (31). Mitford, E.L. [Poems] A.MS.s.; [n.p.] 1842. 3f.(5p.)
One poem is printed.
Rollins: An "Imitation" of Psalm 20 (in E.L. Mitford's hand); printed, unsigned "Missionary
Stanzas" ("Hail Prophet! who from Patmos height!); a poem, September, 1842, by Mr.
Mitford's mother ("Tell not of vain delights - Transient, fading!"); and a fragment
of a letter, Tuesday (1842), from E.L. Mitford, Bailey's son-in-law, with "a come
from the Cedars of Lebanon."
- (32). Wilson, Daniel, bp. of Calcutta, 1778-1858. 7 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; India, 1836-1843. 15f.(27p.)
Wilson was bishop of Calcutta (1832-1858).
- (34). Smedley, Edward, 1788-1836. [Poems] MS. (in the hand of Benjamin Bailey); [n.p.,n.d.] 10f.(20p.)
Rollins: "Extracts From the Memoirs and last Poems of The Revnd E[dward]. Smedley"
(1788-1836), in some unidentified hand.
- (35). Forster, Charles, d.1871. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Stisted Rectory, Braintree, 30 Sep 1845. 2f.(4p.)
Rollins: Forster was an orientalist of distinction.
- (36). Baillie, Joanna, 1762-1851. A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Hampstead, 19 Jan 1839. 2f.(4p.)
Rollins: Expresses her sorrow at Mr. Carr's news of the death of Sir William Rough.