MS Hyde 91
Lawrence, Thomas, 1711-1783. Thomas Lawrence papers, 1760-1787: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Location: b (shelved with bMS Hyde 90-92)
Call No.: MS Hyde 91
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Lawrence, Thomas, 1711-1783.
Title: Thomas Lawrence papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (.5 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers relating to the family of physician Thomas Lawrence, a friend of author Samuel
2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.
Mary Hyde Eccles purchased this collection from antiquarian book dealers Hofmann & Freeman in 1975.
Processed by: Rick Stattler
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Thomas Lawrence Papers, 1760-1787 (MS Hyde 91). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Letters from Samuel Johnson to Thomas Lawrence and his daughter Elizabeth can be found
in MS Hyde 1, items (65) and (66).
Thomas Lawrence, a London physician, is primarily remembered for his long friendship
with one of his patients, the writer Samuel Johnson.
This collection consists of eight items, including a biographical sketch of Dr. Lawrence,
a character sketch of Samuel Johnson, and four poems. Most items are of unknown authorship,
but almost all of them have some connection to Dr. Lawrence's extended family or to
- (1). Barker, Edmund, b. 1720 or 1721. Invitation : printed form, signed, 1760 Aug. 1. 1s. in 1 folder.
Summons to a meeting of the Royal College of Physicians of London, addressed to Thomas Lawrence.
- (2). [Lawrence, Elizabeth, d. 1790?] Hints towards a character of Dr. Johnson : autograph document, [between 1784 and 1790?] 1s. in 1 folder.
Date: 1784 and 1790?]
Character sketch of Samuel Johnson by the daughter of an old friend (presumably of Thomas Lawrence). Torn along folds, with tape repairs. One section of the sheet is missing, with substantial
loss of text.
- (3). Unidentified author. Ah let this year upon its wings bring joy : autograph manuscript poem, [17--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
Written on the verso of a fragment of an envelope addressed to Thomas Lawrence's aunt Mrs. Rammondon of Southampton (England).
- (4). Unidentified author. The breakfast was set : autograph manuscript poem, [17--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
Humorous poem on dinner at the home of John Bowdler (who married Thomas Lawrence's niece). The final lines are in a different hand.
- (5). Unidentified author. Extract of a letter from Dr. Johnson at Buxton to his friend in Scotland : autograph manuscript, [1774 July?] 1s. in 1 folder.
A description of the hot springs at Buxton (Derbyshire, England), apparently written as a parody of the style of Samuel Johnson. Johnson made his only known visit to Buxton in 1774.
- (7). Unidentified author. [Line]s to Tommy B___don & his associates : autograph manuscript poem, [17--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
Describes B___don as "an ill favour'd monster with a monkey's face." Addressed to
Mrs. Smith, Kingsbury Street, Marlborough (England).
- (8). Unidentified author. To Doc'r Young on his un[iversal passion] : autograph manuscript poem, [17--?] 1s. in 1 folder.
Concerning Love of Fame, the Universal Passion, a 1728 satire by Edward Young (1683-1765).