MS Eng 1461
Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853. Benjamin Bailey scrapbook, 1817-1849: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Last update on 2014 February 13
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: Keats Room b
Call No.: MS Eng 1461
Creator: Bailey, Benjamin, 1791?-1853.
Title: Benjamin Bailey scrapbook,
Quantity: 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
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.
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.
- 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
- (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.
- (4) Clarke, Adam, 1762?-1832. 2 A.L.s. to Mary Anne
(Clarke) Smith; Coleraine and [n.p.] 3 Jun and 22 Jun 1832. 1s.(3p.); 1s.(2p.)
Also includes 2 scraps of letters from Mrs. Adam Clarke to [
? ]; a note of Clarke's about "My Letter to the Americans;" his calling card; and
two impressions of his seals.
Rollins: Clarke was "editor of Haydon Hall, Middlesex." Wrote to "his daughter
Mary Ann (Mrs. Richard) Smith."
- (5) Smith, Mary Anne (Clarke). [2 poems to
her children]. A.MS.s.; Stoke Newington, 7-8 Sep 1842. 1s.(4p.)
Poems includ pen and ink drawings.
First poem addressed: "To my beloved children, Mary Leslie and John Finch Smith."
Second poem addressed: "To John Finch Smith."
- (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."
- (8) Bailey family. [Autograph of Benjamin Bailey's father, and
astrological nativity of his grandfather cast by Vincent
Wing]; [n.p., n.d.] 2s.(2p.)
Contents noted in volume as: "Sundry papers in print and Manuscript. -Autograph of
my late Father, & Astrological Scheme of Nativity by Vincent Wing, of my
Grandfather. [Itemized as follows:] 1. Early Autograph of my late Father [died
1822] . . . 5. Astrological Scheme of my Grand Father's Nativity Cast by Vincent
Rollins: On the verso of one leaf are pasted wax impressions of the "Seal of the
Bp of Madras." and "My own Seal. BB:"
- (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)
- (11) Rough, Sir William, d.1838. 2 A.L.s. to Benjamin
Bailey; [Colombo, n.d.] (1p.)
With this is transcript by Rough of the opening of John
Dryden's "To the pious memory of the accomplished lady Mrs
Anne Killigrew." 1s. (2p.)
Rollins: Two brief notes from Sir William Rough (died 1838), poet and
chief-justice of the supreme court, Ceylon; and a copy by Sir William of Dryden's
- (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
- (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
- (15) Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853. A.L.s. (draft) to Richard Monckton Milnes,
1st baron Houghton; Ratnapoora, Ceylon, 7 May 1849. 26f.(51p.) laid in.
Biographical reminiscences of Keats, written at the request of Milnes.
This item has been removed from this scrapbook and is now cataloged as: Keats
- (16) Cook, John, 1771-1824. 5 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; St. Andrews, 25 Jul 1820-Nov 1824. 10f.(18p.)
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) below].
- (18) Skinner, John. 5 A.L.s. to Benjamin Bailey; Inchgarth, 10 Sep 1828-18 Jul 1829. 10s.(20p.)
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].
- (22) Marsh, Herbert, bp. of Peterborough, 1757-1839. 3 A.L.s. to
Benjamin Bailey; Peterborough, 23 May 1822-11 Jul 1826. 8f.(8p.)
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."
- (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.
- (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."
- (33) Wilson, Daniel, bp. of Calcutta, 1778-1858. 3 MS.L. (copies)
to Alfred Wallis Street; India, Jan-Feb 1848. 8f.(16p.)
Includes copies of 2 replies of Street.
Rollins: Dealing with the management of Bishop's College, Calcutta, and the
criticism made of it in the Calcutta Review.