Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Asquith mss., 1910-1956, are letters written to Lady Cynthia Mary Evelyn (Charteris) Asquith, 1887-1960, novelist, who was the daughter of the 11th Earl of Wemyss and who was married to Herbert Asquith. She published a number of anthologies of short stories and children's tales and in addition acted as private secretary to Sir James Matthew Barrie. These letters are in response to Lady Asquith's request for stories in her anthologies.

The correspondents are Sir James Matthew Barrie, Edward Frederic Benson, Bernard Berenson, Elizabeth Bowen, Robert Seymour Bridges, William Henry Davies, Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, baron Dunsany, William Alexander Gerhardie, Maurice Henry Hewlett, Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, John Masefield, Viola Meynell, George Moore, Sir Henry John Newbolt, Sir Harold George Nicolson, George Oliver, John Boynton Priestly, Victor Sawdon Pritchett, Mary Annett (Beauchamp) Russell, countess Russell, Rafael Sabatini, Hon. Victoria Mary Sackville-West, George Bernard Shaw, Robert Cedric Sherriff, Charles Percy Snow, baron Snow, Edith Oenone Somerville, Stephen Spender, Mrs. Mary Gladys (Meredith) Webb, Dorothy Violet (Ashton) Wellesley, duchess Wellington.

Collection size: 28 items

Related manuscripts: Asquith mss. II

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