Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Dixon mss., 1845-1876, consist of letters to William Hepworth Dixon, 1821-1879, historian, traveller, and editor of the Athenaeum from January 1853 to August 1869.

Correspondents represented are Robert Williams Buchanan, James Hannay, John Cordy Jeaffreson, William Blanchard Jerrold, John Westland Marston, Thomas Henry Gartside Neville, and Theodosia (Garrow) Trollope.

The letters are concerned in the main with contributions of the writers of the letters to the Athenaeum. Some of Marston's letters and the Neville letters refer to the production of plays and other matters relating to the theater. A letter of Buchanan of October 29, 1862, criticizes John Keats' "Endymion," and one of November 14, 1862, refers to James Macfarlan, 1832-1862, Glasgow poet. The collection also contains a picture of William Hepworth Dixon below which is mounted his autograph written on a separate piece of paper.

Collection size: 92 items

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