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MS Hyde 6

Garrick, David, 1717-1779. David Garrick papers, 1749-1778: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 7)
Call No.: MS Hyde 6
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Garrick, David, 1717-1779
Title: David Garrick papers,
Date(s): 1749-1778.
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Sixteen autograph letters by Garrick and ten letters received by him, mostly concerning theatrical and literary matters; and drafts of three poems.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

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Preferred Citation for Publication:

David Garrick Papers, 1749-1778 (MS Hyde 6). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including two letters from Samuel Johnson to Garrick in MS Hyde 1, item (36); a letter from James Boswell to Garrick in MS Hyde 2, item (16); a letter from Elizabeth Robinson Montagu to Garrick in MS Hyde 7, item (4); Garrick's manuscript Why Goldsmith Wrote Retaliation, MS Hyde 18; a presentation manuscript of Garrick's satire Lethe, MS Hyde 19; and a letter from Giuseppe Baretti to Garrick in MS Hyde 66, item (5).

Biographical / Historical

David Garrick (1717-1779) was raised in Lichfield, England, where he briefly studied under Samuel Johnson. Johnson and Garrick relocated in London together in 1737. Garrick soon became a leading actor, playwright and theatrical producer. From 1747 to 1776, he was a partner in the Drury Lane Theatre. He married Eva Marie Veigel in 1749.



Arranged into the following series: The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Letters to and from Garrick are interfiled chronologically where both sides of the correspondence are represented.

Scope and Contents

Series I, Correspondence, includes sixteen autograph letters by Garrick, and ten letters received by him. Prominent correspondents include Oliver Goldsmith, John Hawkesworth, Samuel Johnson, Hannah More, Arthur Murphy, and Thomas Percy. Many of the letters concern Garrick's theatrical career, and the literary efforts of other authors.
Series II, Manuscripts, consists of drafts of epitaphs which Garrick composed for Charles Holland and William Hogarth, as well as a transcript of his poem Upon Dr. Cadogan's Blaspheming Shakespear.

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