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Collection Number: 11018

Collection Title: Miscellaneous Foreign Letters, 1796-1979

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Size 39 units (0.5 linear feet)
Abstract This collection has been created to house miscellaneous foreign letters. Most, but not all, are literary in nature. See individual unit descriptions for details.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Miscellaneous Foreign Letters #11018, Rare Book Literary and Historical Papers, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Various; many items transferred from the Rare Book Collection or the Acquisitions Department, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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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This collection has been created to house miscellaneous foreign letters. Most, but not all, are literary in nature. See individual unit descriptions for details.

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Contents list

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2 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in March 1987 (Acc. 87033).

Two letters, 15 and 20 November 1892, to unknown correspondents from James Dykes Campbell, concerning a collection of poems of Alfred Lord Tennyson, published in 1862, that Campbell had edited.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in March 1987 (Acc. 87020).

Letter, circa 1910, from Sir Owen Seaman to "Dear Sir," about scientific matters.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in March 1988 (Acc. 88031).

Letter, 14 November 1969, to Anthony Burgess about a book, presumably The Lion and the Unicorn (1970) by Arthur Bryant.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Charles Cox of Devon, England, in December 1988 (Acc. 89011).

Letter from Charles Richard Weld, secretary and historian of the Royal Society and Tennyson's brother-in-law, to "My dear Manby," about a meeting between Tennyson and Edward Lear at Burlington House.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from David J. Holmes, Philadelphia, Pa., in May 1989 (Acc. 89031).

Letter from Washington Irving, London, to English artist Henry Sandham, Newhurts, Sussex, about drawings, apparently of Spanish subjects, by Sandham.

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2 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in March 1990 (Acc. 90038).

Two letters to Harry Trelawney Eve, London, both informing him of his election to the Sette of Odd Volumes Book Club. One, 19 February 1919, is from Lewis Boyd Sebastian; the other, 24 February 1919, is from Ralph Straus, "Scribbler and President" of the Club.

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3 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in March 1990.

One letter, 1940, to Welsh playwright Jack Jones from film maker Penrose Tennyson, and two to Jones, 1944, from Charles Tennyson, concerning his book Penrose Tennyson (1943).

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in April 1986.

Letter from Arthur Patchett Martin, Melbourne, Australia, to "Madame," discussing his poetry.

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1 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in October 1991 (Acc. 92107).

Letter from Baron Henry Edward John Stanley to a Mr. F. Millar about personal matters.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in September 1993.

Letter from Charles Cotterel Lynam, New South Wales, Australia, to his long-time friend novelist and antiquarian, John Meade Falkner, Durham, England, recommending a book that Lynam believed Falkner would like to read.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from Miscellaneous Letters in January 1994.

Letter, 28 November 1894, from Henry James, 41 Cadocan Square, S.W., London, to "My dear Lord," inviting the addressee to shoot pheasants.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Alan G. Thomas, London, England, in January 1978.

Early transcription of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's letter to Charles Lamb on the murder of his mother by his sister, Mary Lamb, during a fit of insanity. The transcription comes from a collection of 19th-century papers concerning the Fox family of Falmouth.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in September 1980.

Letter apparently from Helen Maria Williams to John James Lecky, presenting him with a book of her poems. Williams, an English poet and writer, lived in France after 1788, reporting on the French Revolution and its aftermath.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Blackwell's, Oxford, England, in 1976.

Letter from Thomas Arnold, 19 November 1826, Laleham, to unknown, asking for a book relating to the life of Trajan. Arnold, an English clergyman and headmaster of Rugby School, was at this time teaching independently at Laleham and studying philology and Roman history.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Blackwell's, Oxford, England, in 1976.

Letter, 4 November 1834, from Charles Robert Leslie, London, to a Mrs. Ridesdale about his interest in painting in Tillington. Leslie was an English artist who often painted scenes from fiction.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Blackwell's, Oxford, England, in 1976.

Letter, 25 November 1854, from William Edmondstone Aytoun to J. W. Hozier, Balliol College, Oxford, declining a dinner invitation. Aytoun was a Scottish poet and humorist.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Charles Cox, Devonshire, England, in November 1979.

Letter from Emily Augusta Patmore, first wife of Coventry Patmore, Farringford, to Thomas Woolner, sculptor and poet. Patmore wrote from Tennyson's home on the Isle of Wight about Tennyson's high opinion of Woolner's work.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in June 1978.

Letter, 25 September 1856, from poet, editor, and writer Coventry Patmore, British Museum, to Richard Holt Hutton about William Caldwell Roscoe's Violenzia. Hutton was Roscoe's editor.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from Rare Book Collection in September 1977.

Letter, 5 September 1867, from Oxford University historian Charles William Boase to unknown about an endowment fund at Merton College, Oxford.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in January 1981.

Letter, 6 August 1879, from Aubrey Thomas De Vere to unknown, commenting on Roman Catholic missionary Pius Melia's book and other issues relating to English Catholics.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Acquisitions Department in March 1982.

Letter, 27 July 1887, from Scottish professor and man of letters John Stuart Blackie, Selkirk, Scotland, to "Dear Sir," commenting on Blackie's book Lyrical Poems (1860).

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Received from I. R. Stirling Haig of Chapel Hill, N.C., in August 1973.

Letter, probably 1892, from Anatole France to a Mr. Noel, saying that France would be in Paris on the next evening, but did not want his presence known.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Blackwell's, Oxford, England, in February 1976.

Letter, 1896, from William Michael Rossetti, London, to H. J. Falk about reviewing and publishing manuscripts. Rossetti was an English author, critic, and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in September 1980.

Letter, 17 July 1897, from English author Maria Theresa Villiers Earle, Cobham, Surrey, to suffragette Constance Georgina Leslie Lytton, Knebworth, Hertsfordshire, about Earle's work and life.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Acquisitions Department in March 1982.

Letter, 4 October 1898, from Tom Maum, apparently an official with the Workers' Union, London, to "Tom," transmitting a volume of poetry. The Workers' Union had been established 1898 to represent "nondescript and semi-skilled" workers.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Blackwell's, Oxford, England, in February 1978.

Letter, 1 October 1902, from English jurist and man of letters Frederic Harrison, Hawkhurst, to C. Fred Kenyon, Sydale, about a biography of John Ruskin.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in June 1979.

Letter, 14 July 1905, from J. R. Clifford, Gravesend, to "Margerie" about Edward Newman's The Insect Hunters and other insect-related issues.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in July 1990.

Letter, 4 December 1908, from British poet Robert Calverley Trevelyan to Robert Bridges, discussing Trevelyan's use of a "quantitative scheme" in parts of Sisyphus and the ways in which this technique related to Bridges's work.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Acquisition Department in October 1974.

Letter, 3 April 1909, from George Greenwood to James Appleton Morgan, Shakespearean scholar and author, about Sir Edward Sullivan and other members of the "Stratfordian" school, critics of Greenwood's views.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in December 1981.

Letter, 3 November 1912, from illustrator Clara Eliza Arnold, Godalming, Surrey, to Harriette Bright, Liverpool, about Arnold's work for an edition of Alfred Tennyson's Vivien (1913).

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2 items.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Librairie C. Coulet and A. Faure, Paris, in October 1973.

Letters, 1926, from Paul Morand, diplomat, writer, traveler, to Mr. Brun, director of Editions Grasset, both complaining about how Grasset was handling publicity for his Rien que la terre.

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2 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in October 1980.

Letters, 24 July and 1 August 1957, from George E. Timpson, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, editor of James Murray's A Self-Portrait, to John Gideon Wilson of John and Edward Bumpus, Ltd., Booksellers, London, about Timpson's volume on Murray and the O.E.D.

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14 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Acquisitions Department in March 1980.

Letter, 11 December 1979, from Madeleine Henrey, who wrote as Mrs. Robert Henrey, Villers-sur-Mer, Calvados, France, to William Schenck at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discussing her autobiographical works. Also included are 13 dust jackets from these volumes (OP-11018).

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from William Smith, Reading, England, in April 1976.

Letter from English landscape painter James Duffield Harding to "Gentlemen," about publication of Harding's The Principles and Practice of Art.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Received from Winston Broadfoot in May 1957.

Letter from Augustus Charles Hobart-Hampden, British officer and naval adviser to the Sultan of Turkey in 1867, to Edwin De Leon about new torpedoes.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in December 1981.

Letter from Marie Louise de la Ramee, who wrote as Ouida, Italy, to J. H. Williamson, Guildford, Surrey, about serialization of a novel.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from Rare Book Collection in February 1976.

Letter from Anne, Lady Ritchie (1837-1919), daughter of William Thackeray, to Mr. Donne, London, asking to borrow a manuscript of extracts from Savile Morton's letters to help in her editing of new prefaces to the biographical edition of her father's works.

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1 item.

Acquisition Information: Purchased from Norman Colbeck in April 1978.

Letter from Irish poet, painter, economist, and journalist George William Russell to John Quinn, New York, introducing Clement Shorter and describing their common interests. Shorter was a journalist and author who founded the Tatler in 1901.

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2 items.

Acquisition Information: Transferred from the Rare Book Collection in May 2003 (Acc. 99540).

Handwritten letter, 26 July 1951, from E. M. Forster to Lorraine Wechsler, regarding A Passage to India and suggested reading material. A transcription made in 2003 is included.

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Processed by: Manuscripts Department Staff, March 2004

Encoded by: Roslyn Holdzkom, November 2006

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