MS Eng 1131
Dillon, John, d. ca. 1868, compiler. John Dillion collection of papers and prints
concerning John Wilkes, 1758-1843: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Eng 1131
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Dillon, John, d. ca. 1868, compiler.
Title: John Dillion collection of papers and prints concerning John Wilkes,
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, speeches, drawings, engravings, coats of arms, and clippings by various authors
and artists, concerning the English politician John Wilkes.
Recataloged from Sumner 3. Bequest ofCharles Sumner, LL.D., of Boston (Class of 1830); received: 1874 April 28.
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
John Dillion Collection of Papers and Prints Concerning John Wilkes, 1758-1843 (MS
Eng 1131). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Wilkes (1727-1797) was an English politician and journalist. He served several times
in Parliament and also as Lord Mayor and Chamberlain of London.
Chiefly clippings, letters of Wilkes, speeches, coats of arms, and engravings, mainly
concerning his election as Chamberlain of London, mounted onto pages. Contains portrait
and clippings concerning the English poet Charles Churchill. The volume was probably
compiled by John Dillon who signed the front flyleaf in 1865.
- (Page 1). Mezzotint engraving. Containing portraits of Serjeant Glyn, John Wilkes, Esq., and the Rev. Mr. John Horne, by Richard Houston. Published in London, 1769.
- (Page 2). Contains an engraved portrait, signature and bookplates of John Wilkes:
- Full length portraitof John Wilkes, engraved for the Lady's Magazine.
- A book-plate on colored card board, engraved with the family coat-of-arms, below which
is pasted the printed name "Wilkes."
- A book-plate on white paper, with "John Wilkes, Esq." printed in script below.
- (Page 3). Contains cottage and book collection of John Wilkes:
- Woodcut engraving from the European Magazine of "The Cottage of the late John Wilkes Esq.in the Isle of Wight." Engraved by S. Raule.
- Nos. 124-148 of a catalogue of certain rare and curious books, bearing the autograph
or bookplate of John Wilkes, probably once belonging to his library.
- (Page 4). Contains letters and contracts of John Wilkes:
- Autograph letter from John Wilkes to [ ] Dell. Dated, Great George Street. Feb. 25, 1758.
- Facsimile of the agreement and bill of exchange made between John Wilkes and John Almon, Bookseller, concerning the publication of the 1st volume of "Wilkes's History of England." Dated, Paris. July 13, 1767. (From "The Correspondence of the late John Wilkes", etc. By John Almon. L 1804.
- (Page 5). Contains a portrait and letter of John Wilkes:
- Portrait engraving of John Wilkes. Engraved by Caroline Watson, after a picture by Pine painted about the year 1763.
- Autograph letter concerning his will, from John Wilkes to Mr. Paice. Dated Prince's Court. May 1, 1784.
- (Page 6). Contains a portrait of and rhymed verse about John Wilkes:
- Woodcut, representing "John Wilkes Esq., before the Court of King's Bench." (From the Gentleman's Magazine. May 1768)
- Rhymes in MS, headed "No. 45 Revived" concerning the election of Wilkes to the office of Chamberlain of London. Below is pasted the printed label "June, 1779", and on the back is an enumeration of the several offices which Wilkes held, in
the handwriting of Samuel Gregory.
- (Page 7). A manuscript "cotemporary (sic) copy of the celebrated No. 45 of the North Briton."
On the back is a Latin puzzle.
- (Page 8). Contains seizures from the house of John Wilkes:
- Autograph rhymes certified by Dawson Turner as seized in Wilkes's house. On the back are the signatures ofJ. Watson & Ro. Black - more who were employed on that occasion, and a note from Turner to this effect.
- Another autograph paper certified (?) by Dawson Turner as having been seized in Wilkes's house.
- (Page 9). General Warrants [letters from Mr. Wilkes & Mr. T. L. in 1781.] (London Review. May 1798. pp. 319-320)
- (Page 10). Britannia's Intercession, for the Deliverance of John Wilkes, Esq. from Persecution
and Banishment. To which is added, a Political and Consitutional Sermon: and a Dedication to L***
B***. [Lord Bute] London  8 (?) pp. 17+. 1 pam. std. with MS additions.
- (Page 11). Watch Paper, containing Mr. Wilkes's address of thanks to his electors of the County of Middlesex. Broadside, vignette.
- (Page 12). Official paper concerning the removal of a pauper from one parish of London to another, with the autograph signatures of John Wilkes and Wm. Newman as Justices of the Peace.
- (Page 13). Map of Farrington Ward Without, with its divisions into parishes. With the arms of John Wilkes.
- (Page 14). Contains speeches and letters of John Wilkes:
- Two speeches made by John Wilkes when brought to the bar of the Court of Common Pleas on the 3d & 6th of May, 1763, the Opinion of Lord Chief Justice Pratt, and Mr. Wilkes's address of thanks to the Court. (With the running title "A Chronological
Memoir of Occurrences" for May, 1763. pp. 1053-54)
- Speech of the King to Parliament, Nov. 15, 1763 and an account of the duel fought in Hyde Park, Nov. 16, 1763, between John Wilkes and Samuel Martin. (With the title "A Chronological Memoir of Occurrences" for Nov. 1763, pp. 1159-60)
- Letter from John Wilkes as Lord Mayor of London to the Earl of Hertford concerning addresses, petitions, etc. to the Crown. Dated May 2, 1775. (The Universal Magazine - Monthly Chronologer, May, 1775. pp. 263, 264)
- Speech by John Wilkes, Feb. 22, 1775, on his motion to the House of Commons relative to the Middlesex elections. (London Magazine , March, 1775. pp. 135-138)
- (Page 15). Contains a portrait and speech of John Wilkes:
- Portrait of John Wilkes (Mezzotint engraving).
- Speech of the same, as Chamberlain, when he presented the freedom of the City of London to Lieut. Gen. Sir Wm. Medows , Knight of the Bath, May 17, 1794. Broadside.
- (Page 16). Contains portrait caricatures of John Wilkes:
- Pen and ink caricature of John Wilkes, with a reference beneath to his remark at the expense of Alderman Burnell during a city feast. 17 June, 1782.
- Pen and ink caricature, printed. With a newspaper cutting behind, containing the anecdote.
- (Page 17). Contains a portrait and speech of John Wilkes:
- Colored portrait print of John Wilkes as Chamberlain of London. (With a quotation from Mathews' "Youthful Days"?) Behind is Wilkes's signature as
- Speech of John Wilkes as Chamberlain, when he presented the freedom of the City of
London to Marquis Cornwallis. April 5, 1794. Broadside.
- (Page 18). Contains newspaper cuttings of speeches by John Wilkes:
- Proceedings at the election of John Wilkes for Chamberlain, with his speech to the Common Hall, June 24, 1779. Newspaper cuttings.
- Speech to the Livery, Dec. 1, 1779. Newspaper cutting.
- Speech, with proceedings of the Court of Alderman. From another paper.
- Speech on presenting the freedom of the City of London, to Admiral Waldegrave, Dec. 5, 1797. Newspaper cutting.
- (Page 19). Contains newspaper cuttings concerning John Wilkes' election as Chamberlain:
- Address to the Liverymen of London, dated Feb. 7, 1776 on offering to stand for Chamberlain of the city. With copies of the resolutions
of thanks for his faithfulness in other offices, which were passed at different times
by the Common Hall, Common Council & Court of Alderman. Newspaper cuttings.
- Three advertisements in regard to Wilkes's election as Chamberlain. Newspaper cuttings.
- Speech from the Hustings at Guildhall, Feb. 20, 1779 on presenting to the Livery the motion for a vote of thanks to the retiring Chamberlain,
Sir Stephen Theodore Janssen. Newspaper cuttings.
- Address to the Livery of London, offering himself as Candidate to represent the city. Dated March 10, 1768. Newspaper cutting.
- Two facetiae cut from newspapers of 1768.
- Advertisement of the "First part of the History of England" by John Wilkes. . Newspaper cutting.
- Notice to the Livery concerning his election to the office of Chamberlain. Newspaper
scrap. June 22, 1776.
- Notice of a meeting of the Livery, July 15, 1776, which nominated John Wilkes as candidate for successor to Chamberlain Janssen, signed William Saxby, Chairman.
- (Page 20). Contains a coat of arms of Wilkes and newspaper cuttings concerning the election of
Wilkes to Chamberlain:
- Arms of Wilkes, cut from black and gilt paper.
- The London Evening Post, Feb. 8, 1776. Cuttings concerning the election for Chamberlain, February 1776.
- (Page 21). The London Evening Post.
Feb. 14, 19, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 21, 1776.
- (Page 22). Contains newspaper cuttings concerning the election of Wilkes to Chamberlain:
- The London Evening Post. Feb. 23, 29, 20, 24,1776.
- The London Evening Post, March 1, 2, 6, 5, April 27, May 4, 10, March 2, June 6, 10, 11, 1776. Cuttings concerning the election for Chamberlain, March and June 1776.
- (Page 23). The Universal Magazine - Monthly Chronologer.
Feb. & June 1776. Cuttings concerning the election for Chamberlain, March and June, 1776.
- (Page 24). Contains newspaper cuttings concerning the election of Wilkes to Chamberlain:
- The Universal Magazine - Monthly Chronologer. June and Feb. 1776, June 1777 concerning the elections of 1776 & 1777.
- London Magazine, June 1778. Scraps relating to the election for Chamberlain. July 1778.
- The London Evening Post., April, May, June & July 1778; June, July & Nov. 1779. Scraps relating to the elections of 1778 & 1779.
- (Page 25). Contains house of Dr. Willis and newspaper cuttings concerning Benjamin Hopkins:
- Woodcut of the house in which Dr. Willis was born. (From Gentleman's Magazine, Dec. 1798)
- Newspaper cuttings relating to Benjamin Hopkins , Esq.1761-1798.
- (Page 27). The London Evening Post, March, April 1776. Cuttings relating to the election for Chamberlain, June 1776.
- (Page 28). The London Evening Post, March, April, May, June 1776.
- (Page 29). The London Evening Post, continued.
- (Page 30). The London Evening Post, June 1776.
- (Page 31). The London Evening Post, continued.
- (Page 32). Contains newspaper cuttings.
- The London Evening Post, June & July 1776.
- Cutting from the General Magazine, July, 1776.
- (Pages 33, 34). The London Evening Post, Nov. 1779. Cuttings related to the election for Chamberlain.
- (Page 35). The London Evening Post, Nov. Dec. 1779.
- (Page 36). Contains newspaper cuttings.
- Scraps - 1. Suit in Sheriff's Court; Chamberlain Wilkes plaintiff. Sept. 1790.; 2. Review of Wilkes's edition of the Characters of Theophrastus, extracted from
the Gentleman's Magazine. Nov. 1790.; 3. Proceedings at Guildhall, London, 25 June, 1791.
- (Page 37). Mezzotint portraitof Benj. Hopkins, Esq. published July 1776.
- (Page 38). Armorial bearings of Hopkins, the Guild of Joiners (?), and of Wilkes (in black and gilt paper.)
- (Page 39). Address of Benj. Hopkins to the Liverymen of London concerning charges during the election contest of Feb. 1776. Broadside.
- (Page 40). Additional address on the same subject. Broadside.
- (Page 41). Humorous copperplates. 1. "Acted for the Benefit of the Ministry." 2. "Hopkins triumphant, or Wilkes in the dumps." (From the General Magazine for July 1776.)
- (Page 42). The Rout; or Despairing Candidate. A Parody on Shakespeare's King Richard III. Broadside.
- (Page 43). The Patriot's Soliloquy. Broadside.
- (Page 44). Newspaper cuttings relating to the elections of 1776 & 1779.
- (Page 45). Copy of the "Record of the conviction of Isaac Stone for perjury, in voting for Mr. Hopkins to be Chamberlain, the said Isaac Stone not
being a Liveryman of London." Newspaper cuttings.
- (Page 46). Copies in MS. 1. Of the notice of the death of Benj. Hopkins published in Public Advertiser, Nov. 11, 1779 & General Evening Post, Nov. 9-11, 1779. 2. Of the cause of his death as given in one of the scraps on p. 25. Dec. 2, 1779. (Copied by Saml. Gregory.)
- (Page 47). MS notes relating to the history of Benj. Hopkins, Esq. (Copied by Saml. Gregory.)
- (Page 48). MS copy from Morning Post of Nov. 11, 1779. Notice of Hopkins' death and duplicate of 1st MS on p. 46. (Copied by Saml. Gregory.)
- (Page 49). Contains autograph letters from C.J. Burton and Henshaw Russell, Esq.:
- Autograph letter from C. J. Burton to Mr. Gregory in reference to Hopkins' place of burial. Dated Lydd Vicarage - May 29, 1843.
- Autograph letter from Henshaw Russell, Esq. in reference to the same. Dated May 31, 1843.
- (Page 50). Contains a portrait of Hon. Charles Townshend and newspaper cutting:
- Portrait of Hon. Charles Townshend. From the original by Sir Joshua Reynolds.
- Advertisement of a letter lost by Hon. Chas. Townshend. Newspaper scrap.
- (Page 51). Autograph letter mentioning Wilkes & Churchill and the politics of the time, signed C.J., attributed to Chas. Townsend.
- (Page 52). Autograph letters from Miss Wilkes to Joseph Paice, Esq., Cheapside, London. Dated May 7. Endorsed, "Miss Wilkes - Prince's Court 7 May 1788."
- (Page 53). Contains a portrait and autograph letters of Chas. Churchill:
- Portrait of Chas. Churchill.
- Autograph letters from Churchill to Kearsly concerning the publishing of the North Briton. Labeled 1762. With name of J. Watson on the back, and note by Dawson Turner, "This letter was seized in Mr. Wilkes' house at the time of the prosecution against him. The signature, J. Watson, is that
of the officer who seized it."
- (Page 54). Biographical notices of Charles Churchill.
- (Page 55). Contains manuscripts copies and newspaper cuttings concerning the Wilkes family:
- MS copies of inscriptions in Grosvenor Chapel where members of the Wilkes family were buried. (Copied by Saml. Gregory.) On the last page are pasted two newspaper scraps concerning the death and will of
- MS copy of a description of the arms borne by Miss Wilkes; quoted from Gentleman's Magazine for 1802.
- (Page 56). Contains letter and newspaper cuttings concerning Chas. Churchill and a copy of tablet
to the memory of John Wilkes:
- Quotation in MS concerning Chas. Churchill from Swinburne's letters from the Courts of France, etc. I. p. 399 in Dawson Turner's (?) handwriting. Pasted in one corner is a newspaper scrap concerning the Memorial
Pillar which Wilkes erected in memory of Churchill.
- Pen & Ink copy of the marble tablet to the memory of John Wilkes in Grosvenor Chapel, South Audley St. London.
- Newspaper scrap. Epitaph to the memory of the late Mr. Charles Churchill. Signed F.