Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Caine mss., 1891-1931, consist of papers of Sir Hall Caine, 1853-1931, novelist and playwright. Letters are addressed in 1891 and 1892 from Caine to Miss A[delaide S.] Lauprecht of the Midland Institute, Birmingham, [England], who had written to him about translating The Scapegoat into German. Other letters are addressed to George Bowler in 1918 concerning arrangements for his will; two replies from Bowler, chartered accountant of Liverpool, examine these arrangements. A letter from H. S. B. Goldsmith to Caine in 1914 was readdressed to George Bowler and bears the dark blue wax seal of HC.

A financial ledger of loose leaves in a dark brown binder with "Sir Hall Caine K.B.E." on the edge covers the years 1922, Apr. 5, to 1931, Aug. 31. Laid in the ledger is a separate leaf for the Isle of Man Bank, Ltd., 1931, Sept. 2-Oct. 16. Information in the ledger concerns deeds of conveyance which date from 1874. Literary Earnings and Royalties are summarized under the heading of Sundries in the ledger. Some ephemeral material is included.

Collection size: 10 items

Additions to the Caine mss., 1882-1926, consist primarily of letters from novelist and playwright, Hall Caine, 1853- 1931, to various friends, writers, and business associates. Letters in 1882, 1888, and 1890 are addressed to William Cosmo Monkhouse, poet and critic, with whom Caine corresponded on matters of literature and art. Monkhouse wrote a review of Caine's The Deemster in 1888.

In 1905 Caine was associated with a publication of multiple authorship, "Queen's Carol", the proceeds of which were to benefit the Queen's fund for the Unemployed. In a December form letter, here addressed to the Bishop of London, Caine asks for a statement that might be placed in the papers under the Lord Bishop's name.

Other letters present are of both a business and personal nature concerning publishing activities and play productions. There is also one letter from Caine's sister Lily, addressed to William Morris Colles, that is on the verso of a letter from Caine himself to Colles.

Corrected proof sheets of "Love of My Heart" (Graih my Chree), translated and adapted from Manx Gaelic, completes the collection.

Collection size: 14 items

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