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Collection Number: 11024

Collection Title: Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928

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Size 1.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 95 items)
Abstract The collection includes letters, poems, essays, and other items chiefly relating to lesser-known English literary figures, 1822-1928, purchased from Norman Colbeck, dealer in literary manuscripts, of Vancouver, B.C. There are only a few items, usually letters or handwritten poems, for most of the writers represented. These writers include Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), Mathilde Blind (1841-1896), Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948), William Broome (1689- 1745), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), William Dyce (1806-1864), Florence Farr (1860-1917), including references to W. B. Yeats and essays on the social status of women, Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886), Robin Ernest William Flower (1881-1946), including eleven letters apparently to John Freeman (1880-1929), Richard LeGalliene, Augustus Septimus Mayhew (1826-1875), Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols (1893-1944), Winthrop Mackworth Praed, (1802- 1839), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863). Other items include a 183-page typescript autobiography by W. J. Ibbett; an annotated copy of "The Song of the Stars and other Poems," by Alpha Crucis (London: Cassell, Petter, Galphin & Co., circa 1882), with letters from R. D. Smith; an unascribed handwritten collection of hymns and poems, 1822, some designated for particular Sundays and holy days; a family history and genealogy of the Grant family, 1718; a 189-page volume of handwritten poems by Emily Sarah Holt (b. 1836); and handwritten diary entries, 1896-1900, probably by William Canton (1845-1926) and his wife, chiefly recording and reflecting on activities and conversations of their young children, Winifrid V. Canton (b. 1890) and Guy Canton (b. 1896).
Creator Colbeck, Norman.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
Retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States or British copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts #11024, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Norman Colbeck of Vancouver, B.C., in May 1978.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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The collection includes letters, poems, essays, and other items chiefly relating to lesser-known English literary figures, 1822-1928, purchased from Norman Colbeck, dealer in literary manuscripts, of Vancouver, B.C. There are only a few items, usually letters or handwritten poems, for most of the writers represented. These writers include Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), Mathilde Blind (1841-1896), Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948), William Broome (1689- 1745), Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), William Dyce (1806-1864), Florence Farr (1860-1917), including references to W. B. Yeats and essays on the social status of women, Samuel Ferguson (1810-1886), Robin Ernest William Flower (1881-1946), including eleven letters apparently to John Freeman (1880-1929), Richard LeGalliene, Augustus Septimus Mayhew (1826-1875), Robert Malise Bowyer Nichols (1893-1944), Winthrop Mackworth Praed, (1802- 1839), and William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863). Other items include a 183-page typescript autobiography by W. J. Ibbett; an annotated copy of "The Song of the Stars and other Poems," by Alpha Crucis (London: Cassell, Petter, Galphin & Co., circa 1882), with letters from R. D. Smith; an unascribed handwritten collection of hymns and poems, 1822, some designated for particular Sundays and holy days; a family history and genealogy of the Grant family, 1718; a 189-page volume of handwritten poems by Emily Sarah Holt (b. 1836); and handwritten diary entries, 1896-1900, probably by William Canton (1845-1926) and his wife, chiefly recording and reflecting on activities and conversations of their young children, Winifrid V. Canton (b. 1890) and Guy Canton (b. 1896).

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Contents list

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Folder 1

Binyon, Laurence (1869-1943). Two letters, 1927 and undated, about poems and other matters. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 1

Folder 2

Blind, Mathilde (1841-1896). One letter, 1883, about her work, a photograph of her, and two other items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 2

Folder 3

Bottomley, Gordon (1874-1948). Three letters, 1918, 1928, about his work. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 3

Folder 4

Broome, William (1689-1745). One letter, 1725, to Sir Thomas Hanmer. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 4

Folder 5

Coleridge, John Taylor (1790-1876). One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 5

Folder 6

Coleridge, Arthur Duke. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 6

Folder 7

Cushman, Charlotte J. (1816-1876). Two items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 7

Folder 8

Doyle, Arthur Conan (1859-1930). One letter, 1897, regretting his inability to come to Dublin. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 8

Folder 9

Dyce, William (1806-1864). Three letters, 1837-1839, to Mr. Tiffin, about paintings. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 9

Folder 10

Ellis Edwin John (1848-1916). Five items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 10

Folder 11

Farr, Florence (1860-1917). Two letters, 1906, with references to W.B. Yeats, six handwritten essays, undated, dealing with the social status of women and other matters, and one other item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 11

Folder 12

Ferguson, Samuel (1810-1886). A handwritten poem, "Ophamaica No. II," and four items relating to him. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 12

Folder 13

Flower, Robin Ernest William (1881-1946). Eleven letters, 1912-1927 and undated, apparently to John Freeman (1880-1929) and his wife, about poems, mutual friends, and other matters, and seven handwritten poems. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 13

Folder 14

Higgins, F. R. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 14

Folder 15

Ibbett, W. J. "A Nobody's Annals," autobiography, 183 pp., carbon typescript with handwritten annotations. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 15

Folder 16

[Irish clerics] One letter between Irish clerics. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 16

Folder 17

LeGalliene, Richard (1866-1947). Two letters, 1897 and undated, about poetry and other matters. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 17

Folder 18

Minchen, Harry C. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 18

Folder 19

Mayhew, Augustus Septimus (1826-1875). A letter, 1872, and a handwritten poem. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 19

Folder 20

Newburg, Victor B. Twelve items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 20

Folder 21

Nichols, Robert Malise Bowyer (1893-1944). One letter, 1917, to A.E. (George William Russell, 1867-1935). #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 21

Folder 22

Phillpotts, Eden. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 22

Folder 23

Powell, Frederick York (1850-1904). Two items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 23

Folder 24

Praed, Winthrop Mackworth (1802-1839). One letter, 1832. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 24

Folder 25

Radford, E. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 25

Folder 26A

Saunders, John, 1810-1895. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 26A

Folder 26B

Scott, Dixon. One letter. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 26B

Folder 27

Stevens, R. J. S. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 27

Folder 28

Tadema, Lawrence Alma. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 28

Folder 29

Thackery, William Makepeace (1811-1863). One letter, 1855, to "Higgins," about contributions to the Cornhill Magazine. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 29

Folder 30

Wedmore, F. One item. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 30

Folder 31

White, Glesson. Two items. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." Folder 31

Volume 1

Adams, R.D. Five letters and notes, 1902, 1911, and undated, one typed poem, and an annotated copy of The Song of the Stars and other Poems, by Alpha Crucis (R. D. Smith?) (London: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & Co., circa 1882) #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 1

Volume 2

Cover reads, "The Christian Year. Author's M.S.S. 1822." An unascribed handwritten collection of hymns and poems, some designated for particular Sundays and holy days. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 2

Volume 3

Murray, John MacGregor, "An historical account of the ancient name of Grant...," 1718(?). Handwritten, 57 pages. Family history and genealogy of the Grant family. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 3

Volume 4

[There is no Volume 4.] #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 4

Volume 5

Holt, Emily Sarah (b. 1836), "Textbook." Scriptural quotations for each day of the year, handwritten. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 5

Volume 6

Holt, Emily Sarah (b. 1836), "Library Catalogue." Handwritten list of books in Holt's library. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 6

Volume 7

Holt, Emily Sarah (b. 1836), "Poems," Handwritten, 389 pages. All poems apparently are by Holt. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 7

Volume 8

Canton, William (1845-1926). Cover reads, "WV Her Book and Various Verses," a book published by Canton in 1896, but contents are handwritten diary entries, 1896-1900, probably by Canton and his wife, chiefly recording and reflecting on activities and conversations of their young children, Winifrid V. Canton (b. 1890) and Guy Canton (b. 1896). #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 8

Volume 9

Canton, William (1845-1926). "The Invisible Playmate and WV Her Book," published by Canton, but the contents are headed "Notes for Stories," and the flyleaf dated 1898. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 9

Volume 10

Dixley, Giles, "A Book of Sonnets," twenty-three sonnets handwritten by Dixley, dated 1919-1920. #11024, Series: "Norman Colbeck Collection of English Literary Manuscripts, 1718-1725; 1822-1928." 10

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