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MS Hyde 83

Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers, 1776-1815: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 84)
Call No.: MS Hyde 83
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816.
Title: Richard Brinsley Sheridan papers,
Date(s): 1776-1815.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by playwright and politician Richard Brinsley Sheridan, along with financial documents, a theater lease, and a manuscript dedication for his Pizarro.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). 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:

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Papers, 1776-1815 (MS Hyde 83). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including several verses by Sheridan transcribed in MS Hyde 35, item (5); one item in MS Hyde 75; one item in MS Hyde 76; and four letters in MS Hyde 77.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.


Cecil Price, ed., The Letters of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966)


Arranged into the following series:

Scope and Contents

Series I, Letters, consists of ten letters and two postal covers by Sheridan. Most of the letters relate to Sheridan's theatrical career. All but one of the letters were published and annotated in Price's The Letters of Richard Brinsley Sheridan.
Series II, Documents and Manuscripts, consists of four routine financial documents; Sheridan's manuscript dedication of his Pizarro; and a lease from Sheridan to Samuel Hayes for the King's Theatre.

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