MS Hyde 84
Nichols, John, 1745-1826. John Nicholas papers, 1777-1822: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
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,
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.
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.
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John Nicholas Papers, 1777-1822 (MS Hyde 84). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
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).
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)
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.
- (1). Churton, Ralph, 1754-1831. Autograph letter, signed, [Banbury, England] to John Nichols, 1810 Jan. 14. 1s. in 1 folder.
Churton offers corrections to a proof sheet.
- (2). Hansard, Luke, 1752-1828. Autograph letter, signed, [no place] to John Nichols, 1812 Nov. 23. 1s. in 1 folder.
Sends a piece for Gentleman's Magazine; passes on a compliment from Thomas Fanshaw Middleton; and hopes that Nichols will enjoy the same quality of new friendships that Samuel Johnson did in old age.
- (3). Hayley, William, 1745-1820, recipient. Autograph letter, signed, Red Lion Passage, Fleet Street [London] from John Nichols, 1810 Mar. 26. 1s. in 1 folder.
Asks for assistance with a review of The Life of Admiral Lord Nelson by James Stanier Clarke.
- (4). Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812, recipient. Manuscript letter, [no place] from John Nichols, 1811 Jan. 8. 1s. in 1 folder.
Nichols suggests that Malone contact the Rev. James Compton, an old friend of Samuel Johnson, for his new edition of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Manuscript transcript in an unknown hand.
- (5). Markland, J. H. (James Heywood), 1788-1864. Autograph letter, signed, Temple [London] to John Nichols, 1822 Apr. 22. 1s. in 1 folder.
Offers a correction on the death date of James Boswell (1778-1822) for Gentleman's Magazine; asks for assistance in printing an article.
- (6). Pringle, John, Sir, 1707-1782. Letters to John Nichols, 1778 and undated. 2s. in 1 folder.
- Autograph note, Pall Mall [London] [1767 or 1772] Mar. 20, Friday. 1s.
Thanks for proofs and for securing William Bowyer's assistance.
- Autograph note, Pall Mall [London] 1778 Sept. 10. 1s.
Thanks Nichols for gift.
Illustrations III, 254.
- (7). Sherlock, Martin, ca. 1750-1797. Autograph letter, signed, [no place] to John Nichols, 1781 Oct. 20. 1s. in 1 folder.
Hopes Nichols is in good health.
- (8). Steevens, George, 1736-1800. Letters to John Nichols, 1777-1783. 3s. in 1 folder.
- Autograph letter, Hampstead Heath [London] 1777 [no date] Friday. 1s.
Explains that his transcript of Promos and Cassandra was from a printed copy which has since been lost in a fire.
Illustrations V, 436.
- Autograph letter, signed, [no place] [1783 Mar. 13] Thursday. 1s.
Complains of the probable rejection of his proposal, and quotes Horace Walpole in calling Nichols's colleague Richard Gough a "Goth."
Illustrations V, 440.
- Autograph letter, signed, [no place] 1783 Apr. 14. 1s.
Includes a poem beginning Since first your pill was to a bolus turn'd. Margins of the letter have been trimmed.
Illustrations V, 442.
- (9). Warton, Thomas, 1728-1790. Autograph letter, signed, Winton (England), to John Nichols, 1782 Nov. 3. 1s. in 1 folder.
Sending a letter for insertion in Gentleman's Magazine.
David Fairer, ed., The Correspondence of Thomas Warton (Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 1995), 421.
- (10). Unidentified recipient. Autograph letter, signed, [no place] from John Nichols, 1796 July 9. 1s. in 1 folder.
Nichols solicits aid for an entry on Leicester Abbey, probably for his Illustrations of the Manners and Expences of Antient Times in England. On verso, notes on a text, in an unknown hand.
- (11). Nichols, John, 1745-1826. Accounts : autograph documents, [no place] [between 1779 and 1781] 2s. in 1 folder.
Date: [between 1779 and 1781]
Financial accounts relating to the publication of Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets, apparently in Nichols's hand, with portions in another unidentified hand.