MS Hyde 47
Pocock, Lewis, 1808-1882. Lewis Pocock papers, 1836-1875: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
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Call No.: MS Hyde 47
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pocock, Lewis, 1808-1882
Title: Lewis Pocock papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Research materials relating to Samuel Johnson.
2003JM-161. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
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Lewis Pocock Papers, 1836-1875 (MS Hyde 47). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Lewis Pocock (1808-1882) was a patron of the arts in London. He assembled a substantial
collection of books, manuscripts and art relating to Samuel Johnson, which was dispersed
at a Sotheby's sale in 1875.
This collection does not include any material contemporary to Samuel Johnson, and
consists primarily of correspondence and notes relating to Pocock's Johnson collection.
- (1). Cunningham, Peter, 1816-1869. Autograph letter, signed, Audit Office [London] to Lewis Pocock, 1846 May 14. 1s. in 1 folder.
Edition of The Life of Samuel Johnson LL.D. by John Wilson Croker is proceeding well. Croker wishes to borrow Pocock's copy of Samuel Johnson's prospectus for The Dictionary of the English Language.
- (2). [Emily?], A. Autograph letter, signed, Guilford Street, Russell Square [London] to Lewis Pocock, [1850 Nov. 13] 1s. in 1 folder.
Mentions a Samuel Johnson anecdote in the latest issue of The Athenaeum.
- (3). Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Transcripts of Johnson documents, 1771-1783 and undated. 2s. in 1 folder.
- Manuscript letter transcript, to [Joseph Porter] 1771 June 14. 1s.
Transcript in an unknown hand.
Location of the original letter is unknown. Another transcript can be found at the
Johnson Birthplace Museum, which was published in Bruce Redford, ed., The Letters of Samuel Johnson I, 361. The Lichfield transcript is almost identical, except that it does not make
explicit Porter's identity as the recipient.
On the second sheet is a transcript in the same hand of a letter from Johnson to Francis Barber, 1782  Sept. 16. The original of this letter is in MS Hyde 1, item (5). It was
published in Redford IV, 199.
- Epitaph in the church yard of Sidlesham in the county of Sussex, said to have been
written by Dr. Johnson : manuscript transcript, [18--?] 1s.
Transcript of an epitaph to a Mr. Carnaby of Sidlesham, Sussex, in the hand of Edward Gifford, with his note. Begins When sorrow weeps o'er virtue's sacred dust. The attribution to Johnson is dubious.
Not in E.L. McAdam, Jr., and George Milne, eds., Samuel Johnson: Poems (New Haven: Yale University, 1964)
- (4). Langton, Jane. Autograph letter, signed, Surrey (England) to [John Wilson Croker?]  Apr. 7. 1s. in 1 folder.
Requests a nicely bound copy of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
- (5). Murray, John, 1808-1892. Autograph letter, signed, Albemarle Street [London] to Henry Smedley, [ca. 1836?] May 11. 1s. in 1 folder.
Thanks for assistance with Samuel Johnson bibliography.
- (6). Pocock, Lewis, 1808-1882. Collection notes : autograph manuscripts, 1847 and undated. 3s. in 1 folder.
Pocock's brief notes concerning his extra-illustrated copy of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell, and two letters from Samuel Johnson to Joshua Reynolds.
- (8). Sloman, Charles, 1784-1866. Autograph letter, signed, Yarmouth (England), to Lewis Pocock, 1841 Nov. 24. 1s. in 1 folder.
Hopes he can publish Pocock's index to The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.
- (9). Stephens, Frederic George, 1828-1907. Autograph letter, signed, Hammersmith Terrace [London] to Lewis Pocock, 1875 Feb. 11. 1s. in 1 folder.
Returns Pocock's manuscript.
- (10). Unidentified author. Anecdote concerning Samuel Johnson and the print Apollo and the Muses, Inflicting Penance on Dr. Pomposo : manuscript, [18--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
- (11). Unidentified author. Death notice of Euphemia Boswell from the London Times : manuscript transcript, 1837 [Sept. 9?] 1s. in 1 folder.
On the verso of a blank receipt printed for the Lambeth Water Works, 1837.
- (12). Unidentified author. Description of a fan which once belonged to Hester Lynch Piozzi : manuscript, [18--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
- (13). Unidentified author. Printed ephemera, 1850-1875 and undated. 10s. in 1 folder.
Newspaper clippings, detached catalog pages, and a circular letter, mostly relating
to Samuel Johnson or Lewis Pocock.