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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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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Hyde 81
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761
Title: Samuel Richardson papers,
Date(s): 1715-1759,
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.

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:

Samuel Richardson Papers, 1715-1759 (MS Hyde 81). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

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.

Biographical / Historical

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)


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Contents

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).

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