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MS Hyde 80

Thrale family. Thrale family papers, 1708-1844: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 79)
Call No.: MS Hyde 80
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Thrale family.
Title: Thrale family papers,
Date(s): 1708-1844,
Date(s): (bulk) 1780-1819.
Quantity: 1 collection (.4 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence and other papers relating to Henry Thrale (a friend of Samuel Johnson) and his daughters.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-59. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Rick Stattler

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

Thrale Family Papers, 1708-1844 (MS Hyde 80). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several other record groups in the Hyde Collection include Thrale material, including letters addressed to several family members in the Samuel Johnson Letters, MS Hyde 1; the Papers of Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith, MS Hyde 5; a settlement of the family's Wales property, MS Hyde 36; documents relating to Henry Thrale's estate, MS Hyde 39, 56, and 59; a Thrale family lease from 1613, MS Hyde 62; and several collections relating to Henry Thrale's widow Hester Lynch Piozzi, in MS Hyde 3, 35, 70, 71, 72, and 73.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Thrale (1728-1781) was the son of London brewer Ralph Thrale (1698-1758), and assumed control of his father's large business in 1758 . He married Hester Lynch Salusbury in 1763. Only four of their twelve children survived to adulthood: Hester Maria Elphinstone, Viscountess Keith (1762-1857); Susanna Arabella Thrale (1770-1858); Sophia Thrale Hoare (1771-1824); and Cecilia Thrale Mostyn (1777-1857). The Thrales divided their time between two London residences: at the brewery compound in Southwark, and at a larger country house at Streatham Park. After the Thrales were introduced to Samuel Johnson in 1765, Streatham Park became the center of an important coterie of literary, artistic, and political figures. Thrale also served in Parliament from 1765 to 1780.


Arranged alphabetically by name.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes papers relating to Henry Thrale and his family history, and letters written by three of his daughters: Hester, Susanna, and Cecilia. Perhaps the most significant is a letter from Hester to Samuel Johnson dated 1783 July 24, item (1).

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