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The Tennyson, F. mss., 1841-1922, are the papers of Frederick Tennyson, 1807-1898, poet, and his family. They consist of correspondence, writings, photographs, business papers, coat of arms, and Frederick Tennyson's death mask. The letters relate to personal affairs, poets, publishing activities, and legal matters. The correspondence with some members of the family and Mrs. Mary Isabella Irwin (Rees) Brotherton is chiefly concerned with spiritualism and Swedenborgianism. Numerous religious and mystical experiences are cited. A number of letters refer to the political situation both in Great Britain and Europe as well as the politicians of the day. The photographs are primarily of members of the family. Included are also a diary of 1875 and a letter copybook of 1876 of Alfred Tennyson, son of Frederick Tennyson, and an undated memorandum book of Frederick Tennyson.

Among the correspondents are Charles Aldrich, John T. Baron, Hannah Barrett, H. Bates, Mackenzie Bell, John Johnson Bradshaw, Mrs. Matilda (Tennyson) Bradshaw, Alfred Bridges, J.T. Briscoe, Mrs. Mary Isabella Irwin (Rees) Brotherton, Thomas Bruce, J.B. Buss, Minnie Butler, W.W.H. Cameron, Thomas Chalklen, J.T. Chapman, Mrs. Florence (Anderson) Compton, D.F. Cowles, H. George Coxhead, George Lillie Craik, William Heaford Daubney, John Day-Luce, Edith M. Dixon, Henry Ellis, Edward Fitzgerald, Mr. Fontaine, Mrs. Emily (Tennyson) Ford, W.H. Furlonge, J. Lewis Fytche, John Hall Gladstone, George Gresswell, Mrs. Susan I. (Haddelsey) Hannam, Thomas Lake Harris, Louis Higson, C. Jerome Hopkins, Mrs. Julietta Marian (Tennyson) Hopwood, Alexander Hay Japp, Richard Claverhouse Jebb, Arthur Jesse, Eustace Tennyson-d'Eyncourt Jesse, Mrs. Emily (Tennyson) Jesse, Richard Jesse, Henry George Keene, Mrs. Mary (Tennyson) Ker, Walter Charles Alan Ker, John Lane, James Kinnersley Lewis, T. Langton Loekton, Mrs. Cecilia (Tennyson) Lushington, Edmund Law Lushington, Franklin Lushington, W.B. Macleod, Manchester Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, Arthur Mountain, Elsa Otway, P. Grey Parke, Mrs. Cecilia Mary (Tennyson) Pope, Mrs. Alice Julia (Argles) Rawnsley, Edward Preston Rawnsley, Clare Reynolds, Rhodes & Sons, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, Arthur Tennyson, Audrey Georgiana Florence (Boyle) Lady Tennyson, Mrs. Catherine (West) Tennyson, Sir Charles Tennyson, Emily Sarah (Sellwood) Lady Tennyson, Mrs. Emma Louisa (Maynard) Tennyson, Frederick Henry Tennyson, Hallam Lord Tennyson, Mrs. Harriet (West) Tennyson, Horatio Tennyson, Julius George Tennyson, Mrs. Maria (Giuliotti) Tennyson, Matilda Tennyson, Mrs. Sophia (Cooper) Tennyson, Sydney Harold Tennyson, Sylvia Marion Beatrice Tennyson, Charles Tennyson-d'Eyncourt, Mrs. Sophia (Yates) Tennyson-d'Eyncourt, Clara E. Tucker, Charles Tennyson Turner, Agnes Grace Weld, John A. West, Withall & Compton, Robert Wood, William Aldis Wright.

Some of the papers in this collection are in an oversize folder.

See the reference to the Frederick Tennyson mss. in William Robert McMunn, A Critical Edition of the Shorter Poems of Frederick Tennyson edited with a biographical sketch of the poet. Submitted to the faculty of the Graduate School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of English, Indiana University, August 1968 (PN7000 .M168).

Collection size: 1,209 items

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