Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hill, B. mss., 1959-1967, consist of six letters to Brian Merrikin Hill 1896- , poet, from Rowland Watson, editor. Watson was a friend of poet Edward Harry William Meyerstein, 1889-1852, and he edited and compiled several of his works.

Brian Hill was born on May 2, 1896, in London, England, and studied at Waldham College, Oxford University. He was an executive and later assistant publicity manager of the Gas Council (headquarters of the British gas industry). Hill wrote and compiled several books of poetry, including the Pleasure Garden, Such Stuff as Dreams, and The Trophies. He also wrote several novels under the pseudonym of Marcus Magill.

The letters are concerned with personal matters, with Hill's poetry, and with the letters and poetry of Meyerstein. In the 1959 letters, sent from 55 Redcliffe Gardens, South Kensington, Watson thanks Hill for having sent several of his works. Watson suggests that Hill may wish to send a volume of his poetry to Maurice Wollman, "an experienced anthologist of modern poetry."

The 1962 to 1967 letters sent from 17, Wellesley Court, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, Middlesex, also contain thanks for books sent. Watson mentions that E.H.W. Myerstein's bequest to the University was spent on books for the new English library and on grants for students doing research. He also relates that several Meyerstein books bequeathed to him containing six letters were auctioned off at a much higher price than expected and notes the recent death of Helen Thomas, wife of Edward Thomas.

Collection size: 6 items

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