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MS Hyde 84

Nichols, John, 1745-1826. John Nicholas papers, 1777-1822: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 83)
Call No.: MS Hyde 84
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Nichols, John, 1745-1826
Title: John Nicholas papers,
Date(s): 1777-1822.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence of printer and writer John Nichols concerning his publishing career, and his accounts for the printing of Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-57, 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

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

John Nicholas Papers, 1777-1822 (MS Hyde 84). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including a letter from Samuel Johnson to Nichols in MS Hyde 1, item (80); a letter from James Boswell to Nichols in MS Hyde 2, item (30); two related Samuel Johnson manuscripts in MS Hyde 50, items (4) and (35); four letters to Nichols and an account in MS Hyde 57, pages 8, 18, 19, 21, and 23; and a promissory note from Thomas Cadell to Nichols, MS Hyde 69, item (26).

Biographical / Historical

John Nichols (1745-1826) apprenticed as a printer in London with William Bowyer, and then entered into a partnership with Bowyer from 1767 until Bowyer's death in 1777. He served as printer, editor, and part-owner of the Gentleman's Magazine from 1778 until his death, and was a prolific editor and author of scholarly works.


John Nichols, Illustrations of the Literary History of the Eighteenth Century (London, 1817-1858)


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of three letters by Nichols, ten letters addressed to him, and two accounts relating to his printing of Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets, item (11). Prominent correspondents include George Steevens, item (8) and Thomas Warton, item (9). All of the letters relate to Nichols's publishing career.

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