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Bound volume of manuscript materials by and about Scottish poet Thomas Brown

 Fonds — Box: CLX-A-1593
Identifier: Coll-1986

Content Description

Ths is a bound volume of manuscript material, correspondence and verse, by and about Thomas Brown, Scottish poet and Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 1810 until the end of his life in 1820. The collection was almost certainly put together by his friend and colleague William Erskine, to whom the vast majority of the manuscripts are addressed.
Contents:
  1. Twenty-seven autograph letters and notes from Thomas Brown to his friend William Erskine at various addresses in Edinburgh and Bombay, 1797-1818.
  2. one autograph letter signed from Thomas Brown to Rev. Sydney Smith, 3pp, dated 22-24 November 1803, and composed at Portsmouth.
  3. Four examples of autograph verse by Thomas Brown, unsigned, including the 16 line "To Mr Erskine, on his Chinese epistle" and 48 line "Reflections after reading one of miss bannerman's poems".
  4. One autograph note by Thomas Brown, unsigned and undated, "Alphabet and words for which the characters stand", 4pp.
  5. One manuscript address to Thomas Brown from his students at Edinburgh College, 2pp, expressing "unfeigned satisfaction in seeing you resume your public station" after illness, with manuscript docket title, dated 1 March 1810.
  6. One autograph letter signed from Thomas Chalmers to William Erskine, 2pp, dated 28 November 1826, with enclosure of an annotated 2pp subscription announcement for a monument to Thomas Brown (another, blank copy of which loosely inserted at front). Some loss to letter.
  7. Five autograph letter signed. from Rev. David Welsh to William Erskine, between 2pp and 4pp in length, variously dated 1825-1835, and one copy letter from Erskine to Welsh, 4pp, dated 18 November 1835.
  8. Three autograph letter signed from Ellen Brown to William Erskine, between 2pp and 3pp in length, variously dated 1822-1831.
  9. One autograph letter signed, in an unidentified hand and with an unintelligible signature, addressed to "Mr Walker 22 Stafford Street", 2pp, and another manuscript note, unsigned, to William Erskine, relating Major Samuel Brown's death, dated 1825.

Dates

  • 1797-1835

Creator

Condition Description

Quarto. 46 manuscripts on paper, with one printed item (duplicated) relating to a subscription for a monument to Thomas Brown. Bound together in nineteenth-century green half-roan gilt. Front board detached, three loose pages at the beginning. Pages/letters yellowed and some slightly torn.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Please contact the repository in advance.

Extent

1 volume

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in June 2019. Accession no. SC-Acc-2020-0050.

Condition Description

Quarto. 46 manuscripts on paper, with one printed item (duplicated) relating to a subscription for a monument to Thomas Brown. Bound together in nineteenth-century green half-roan gilt. Front board detached, three loose pages at the beginning. Pages/letters yellowed and some slightly torn.

Processing Information

Catalogued by Aline Brodin in November 2021, using information supplied by the seller.
Title
Bound volume of manuscript materials by and about Scottish poet Thomas Brown, 1797-1835
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Centre for Research Collections
University of Edinburgh Main Library
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