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MS Hyde 86

Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811. Thomas Percy additional papers, 1753-1804: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 85)
Call No.: MS Hyde 86
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811
Title: Thomas Percy additional papers,
Date(s): 1753-1804.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and manuscripts of writer Thomas Percy, Bishop of Dromore, mostly concerning literature and history.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

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Processed by: Rick Stattler

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thomas Percy Additional Papers, 1753-1804 (MS Hyde 86). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including six letters from Samuel Johnson to Percy in MS Hyde 1, item (91); three letters from James Boswell to Percy in MS Hyde 2, item (31); two letters from David Garrick to Percy in MS Hyde 6, item (15); two letters from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Percy in MS Hyde 9, item (10); a letter from Percy to James Boswell, MS Hyde 24; two related Samuel Johnson manuscripts in MS Hyde 50, items (53) and (55); Boswell's transcript of Percy's Samuel Johnson bibliography, in MS Hyde 51, item (34); a letter from Percy to Samuel Hoole in MS Hyde 57, page 28; six items in MS Hyde 75; fifteen items in MS Hyde 76; and thirty items in MS Hyde 77.
See also MS Eng 891 and MS Eng 893 for Thomas Percy Papers held by the Houghton Library.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Percy (1729-1811) served as the parson of Easton Maudit, Northamptonshire, England from 1753 to 1782. He was appointed the Bishop of Dromore (Ireland) in 1782. He was a prolific author, best remembered for compiling The Reliques of Ancient English Poetry in 1765.


Organized into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Series I, Correspondence, includes 16 letters by Percy, and 20 letters addressed to him. Prominent correspondents include Thomas Apperley, item (4); James Grainger, item (8); Edmond Malone, item (13); and George Steevens, item (16). Most of the letters relate to Percy's scholarly and literary interests; many discuss his friend Samuel Johnson.
Series II, Manuscripts, consists of three items in Percy's hand: a draft of his poem Flavia, a draft of a biographical note on James Grainger, and his transcript of an ode by Bonnell Thornton.

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