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MS Hyde 85

Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857. John Wilson Croker correspondence, 1809-1847: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 86)
Call No.: MS Hyde 85
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857
Title: John Wilson Croker correspondence,
Date(s): 1809-1847,
Date(s): (bulk) 1829-1847.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of politician and writer John Wilson Croker, mostly concerning his interest in Samuel Johnson and his revised edition of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part) and 2003JM-64 (part). All items are 2003JM-58 unless noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including a letter from Croker to John Murray in MS Hyde 2, item (2); a note by Croker in MS Hyde 25, item (9); a letter possibly from Jane Langton to Croker in MS Hyde 47, item (4); a note by Croker in MS Hyde 50, item (23); one item in MS Hyde 76; and two items in MS Hyde 77.

Biographical / Historical

John Wilson Croker (1780-1857) was a native of Galway, Ireland. He moved to London as a young man, served as Secretary to the Admiralty from 1809 to 1830, and wrote on a wide variety of topics. In 1831, he published a new annotated edition of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes eight letters by Croker, and sixteen letters received by him. Almost all of the letters relate to Croker's interest in Samuel Johnson, including several relating to his edition of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Only two letters, of modest consequence, relate to Croker's service as Admiralty Secretary: items (1) and (2). Correspondents of note include Jane Langton, daughter of Bennet Langton, items (3) and (8); John Russell, Earl Russell, item (14); and Richard Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley, item (17).

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