MS Hyde 81
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Samuel Richardson papers, 1715-1759: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Hyde 81
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761
Title: Samuel Richardson papers,
Date(s): (bulk) 1748-1759.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters by author and printer Samuel Richardson discussing his novels and fellow authors;
with three annuity receipts.
2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
Processed by: Rick Stattler
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Samuel Richardson Papers, 1715-1759 (MS Hyde 81). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including four letters
from Samuel Johnson to Richardson in MS Hyde 1, item (98); one letter from Thomas
Edwards to Richardson in MS Hyde 75; three letters addressed to Richardson in MS Hyde
76; and four letters by Richardson in MS Hyde 77.
Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was raised in Derbyshire and became a printer in London.
He published three novels: Pamela (1740), Clarissa (1747), and Sir Charles Grandison (1753).
T.C. Duncan Eaves and Ben D. Kimpel, Samuel Richardson: A Biography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971)
This collection includes nine letters and three annuity receipts. The letters were
all written after the publication of Clarissa, and most of them relate to Richardson's literary and publishing careers. Richardson
discusses Clarissa in items (3) and (4). Other letters discuss fellow authors Christopher Smart and
Mary Leapor, item (1); Edward Young, item (5); and Thomas Edwards, item (6).
- (2). Carter, Elizabeth, 1717-1806, recipient. Manuscript letter signed (in the hand of copyist), with later annotations by Richardson,
London, from Samuel Richardson, 1753 July 4. 4s. in 1 folder.
Discusses his wife's tendency to procrastinate. With typescript transcript.
Published in Monthly Magazine 33 (1812), 533-543.
Editors of Richardson's correspondence determined that this letter was not in his
autograph hand, but it does include two stages of his later markings: "initial editorial
changes, likely made at the time of the copy, and later changes (in his shaky later
hand) made when he was planning to publish his correspondence with Carter." [Revision
to cataloging made in August of 2009].
- (3). Echlin, Elizabeth, Lady, 1704?-1782?, recipient. Autograph letter, signed, London, from Samuel Richardson, 1754 Sept. 12. 6s. in 1 folder.
Discusses his Sir Charles Grandison and Clarissa. With typescript transcript.
Published in Anna Laetitia Barbauld, The Correspondence of Samuel Richardson (London: Richard Phillips, 1804) V, 21-28.
- (4). Grainger, Frances, b. 1726, recipient. 2 letters from Samuel Richardson, 1749-1750. 6s. in 1 folder.
- Autograph letter, signed, London, 1749 Dec. 5. 5s.
Discusses his Clarissa. With typescript transcript.
Cited in Eaves, 200.
- Autograph letter, signed, London, 1750 Aug. 6. 1s.
Discusses the proper cultivation of the minds of women.
Quoted in Eaves, 200.
- (5). Millar, Andrew, 1705-1768, recipient. Autograph letter, signed, London, from Samuel Richardson, 1750 July 31. 4s. in 1 folder.
Concerning publication of Night-Thoughts by Edward Young. With typescript transcript.
- (6). Pennington, Elizabeth, 1732-1759, recipient. Autograph letter, signed, London, from Samuel Richardson, 1756 Dec. 23. 1s. in 1 folder.
Discusses the final illnesses of his guests Thomas Edwards (1699-1757) and Margaret Dutton.
Cited in Eaves, 444.
- (7). Rivington, John, 1720-1792, recipient. Autograph letter draft, [no place], from Samuel Richardson, 1759 May 31. 3s. in 1 folder.
Concerning cards to be sold by Rivington. Mounted on a sheet with Richardson's related
manuscript notes. With typescript transcript.
- (8). Swinton, John, 1703-1777, recipient. Autograph note, signed, [no place] from Samuel Richardson, 1758 Apr. 11. 1s. in 1 folder.
A short forwarding note by Richardson, on the verso of an autograph letter, signed,
from George Psalmanazarto Richardson, [no place] [1758 Apr. 10?] Monday, discussing Asian dynasties.
- (9). Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Receipts : documents, signed, 1715-1749. 3s. in 1 folder.
Three receipts for annuity, to His Majesty's Exchequer. Made out to tellers John West , Baron de la Warr, in 1715, and Thomas Townshend in 1748 and 1749.
The 1748 receipt is cited in Margaret M. Smith and Alexander Lindsay, eds., Index of English Literary Manuscripts (London: Mansell Publishing, 1992) III, 268.