Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Wells mss., 1831-1938, consist of correspondence from prominent statesmen and authors, some of which is addressed to William Wells, Shakespearean commentator. The letters cover a variety of subjects with a few long letters on social affairs and literary textual criticism. The literary criticism centers around Harold Bayley, Francis Beaumont, Frederick Samuel Boas, Robert Browning, Arthur Bullen, Henry Chettle, Francis Douce, Edward Dowden, John Fletcher, Robert Greene, Thomas Kyd, Thomas Lodge, Christopher Marlowe, Philip Massinger, Thomas Middleton, Ernest Henry Oliphant, George Peele, John Mackinnon Robertson, William Shakespeare, and John Dover Wilson. Other subjects include the infallibility of the Pope, tombs, and the Pigott family.

Among the correspondents are Arthur Hugh Smith, Alfred Forman, Bertram? Lloyd, Mary Adelaide Wilhelmina Elizabeth, Sir John Murray, Arthur Henry Paterson, Mervyn Herbert Nevil Story-Maskelyne, Henry Dugdale Sykes, John Reinhard Weguelin, John Dover Wilson.

There also is a three-page printed account of The Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary by George M. Freeman, mayor of Winchelsea.

Collection size: 25 items

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