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British Fiction, 1800–1829: A Database of Production, Circulation & Reception

Sources for Publishing Papers

Manuscript Sources

William Blackwood
All MSS described are in the National Library of Scotland (E). All MSS in the Blackwood archives relating to the relevant period were checked. The following yielded information:

x MS 3395 Correspondence between William Blackwood and John Wilson
x MSS 4001–29 The Blackwood Letter books, containing correspondence received by the firm.
x MS 4719 Correspondence between James Hogg and William Blackwood.
x MS 4910 Correspondence between James Ferrier (negotiating for Susan Ferrier) and William Blackwood.
x MSS 30001–04 Copies of letters from William Blackwood, including those to his sons who, on occasion, managed the business for their father.
x MSS 30301–03, 30309 Copies of letters from William Blackwood.Click here to go to the top of the page.

Constable / Cadell Papers
All MSS described are in the National Library of Scotland (E).

x MSS 319–23 Original correspondence between Archibald Constable and Robert Cadell, as business partners. MSS 319–20 are from Constable, MSS 321–23 are from Cadell. Mostly written while one of the partners was in London.
x MS 326 Letters from Hurst, Robinson & Co (usually Joseph Ogle Robinson) to Archibald Constable and his firm.
x MS 327, 331 Letters addressed to Archibald Constable and his firm by various writers.
x MSS 671–75 Letters addressed to Archibald Constable, with a few written by him, arranged alphabetically by correspondent.
x MS 676 Letters chiefly written by Archibald Constable, to various persons, arranged chronologically.
x MS 677 Letters written by Archibald Constable to and regarding Sir Walter Scott.
x MS 679 Letters of David Constable, Archibald Constable’s son, to his father.
x MSS 789–92 Letter books of Archibald Constable & Co, containing written transcripts of outgoing correspondence, much of it originating from Robert Cadell.
x MSS 793–94 Letter books of Cadell & Co.
x MSS 795–96 Typed transcripts from the letter books of Cadell & Co (chiefly from MS 794 above).
x MS 2566 Copied extracts from John Ballantyne’s Diary, 1814–18.
x MS 21001 General correspondence, including letters from James and John Ballantyne.
x MSS 21016–19 Diaries of Robert Cadell, 1826–29.
x MS 23230 Original letters from John and James Ballantyne, and others, to Archibald Constable & Co.Click here to go to the top of the page.

Longman & Co
All material from the Archives of the House of Longman is held in the Special Collections of Reading University Library, Reading, UK.

x Longman I, Letter Books 97, 98, 99, 100, 101 and 102 Longman Letter Books, 1811–1830, consisting of copies of letters sent out by the firm to authors and other members of the trade. The Letter Books are part of Longman Archive I, and are identified by book and letter number (e.g. Longman I, 100, no. 52). The text as given in the entries is normally taken from typed transcripts prepared by Mr Michael Bott of Reading University, and not directly from the original Letter Books, which are in a fragile condition. If a letter is a draft, this is signalled in the ‘Source’ line of the entry. Any pre–1811 Letter Books appear not to have survived.

x Longman Ledgers The following list shows the main items used. In the case of Longman Ledgers, microfilm records have been checked against the original MS sources in Longman Archives. Microfilm records are from the <Archives of the House of Longman>, (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey Ltd, 1981). All references are to the original pagination/foliation.

Longman Impression Book Nos. 2–9 (1801–1832)
Longman Joint Commission & Divide Ledger CD (1803–1807)
Longman Divide Ledger 1D (1807–1828)
Longman Divide Ledger 2D (1813–1866)
Longman Divide Ledger 3D (1828–1867)
Longman Commission Ledger 1C (1807–1828)
Longman Commission Ledger 2C (1811–1821)
Longman Commission Ledger 3C (1819–1828)
Longman Commission Ledger 4C (1826–1843)
Longman Miscellaneous Publication Expenses Ledger 1A (1807–1820).

Click here to go to the top of the page.Archives of the House of Murray
All materials were consulted on the premises of the publishing house of John Murray at 50 Albemarle Street, London. Particular thanks are due to Ms Virginia Murray for allowing access and offering advice about the collection.

x Uncatalogued MS Letters Original letters from a variety of authors and publishers. These letters include correspondence from the following individuals: Joseph Strutt jun., James Fennimore Cooper, John Galt, Harriet Lee, Thomas Eagles, John Eagles, Terrick Hamilton, G. R. Gleig, Lord John Russell, Thomas Hope, Washington Irving, James Morier, Thomas Grattan, Sir Gore Ouseley, John Polidori.

x MS Letter Boxes In cases where there are a substantial number of letters between John Murray II and others, this correspondence is organised in boxes and folders by correspondent name. The following boxes have been consulted:

Murray Archives, Washington Irving Letters, Box 10
Murray Archives, Byron Box 4A (Letters of Caroline Lamb)
Murray Archives, Byron Box A27 (The Lamb Family)
Murray Archives. Box 7A, William Gifford (1808–1813)
Murray Archives, Box 13, Isaac D’Israeli
Murray Archives, Murray Papers Box M4B
Murray Archives, Constable Box 1
Murray Archives, Blackwood Box 1
Murray Archives, Blackwood Box 2
Murray Archives, Blackwood Box 3
Murray Archives, Ballantyne Box.

x Murray Archives, Letter Book (Mar 1803–Sept 1823) Copies of Letters to authors, publishers, and booksellers written by John Murray II or his clerks.

x Ledger Entries The following list shows the main items used. Copy Day Books record detailed day-to-day activity and expenditure, which is normally given in more general form in the ledger entries.

Murray Archives, Divide Ledgers A, B and BB
Murray Archives, Copy Day Book, 1811–17
Murray Archives, Copy Day Book, 1818–20
Murray Archives, Copy Day Book, 1821–24
Murray Archives, Copy Day Book, 1825–29

Click here to go to the top of the page.Oliver & Boyd
All MSS described are in the National Library of Scotland (E).

x Acc 5000/1 Copyright Ledger I (1818–26)
x Acc 5000/2 Copyright Ledger II (1824–37)
x Acc 5000/51 Advertising Accounts (1815–25)
x Acc 5000/52 Advertising Accounts (1825–32)
x Acc 5000/140 Letter Book I, Agreements (1814–47)
x Acc 5000/188 Special Correspondence (Thomas Carlyle, John Galt, James Hogg, and John Gibson Lockhart. Also includes the MS of Galt’s novel Ringan Gilhaize)
x Acc 5000/189 Correspondence 1815–21
x Acc 5000/190 Correspondence 1822–23
x Acc 5000/191 Correspondence 1823–25
x Acc 5000/192 Correspondence 1826
x Acc 5000/193 Correspondence 1827
x Acc 5000/194 Correspondence 1828–29 [with some 1827]
x Acc 5000/195 Correspondence 1829–30Click here to go to the top of the page.

In addition to the material connected to Publishing Houses above, material has been consulted in the following MSS, all in the National Library of Scotland (E): MS 2245 (Correspondence of James Hogg); MS 3398 (Letter of Thomas Campbell to Francis Jeffrey), MSS 3877, 3883, 3886, 3889 (Letters to Walter Scott).

Printed Sources [organised alphabetically by subject]

x Jane Austen’s Letters, ed. by Deirdre Le Faye, 3rd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997). [abbreviated as Le Faye]

x Patrick Joseph Murray, The Life of John Banim, the Irish Novelist (London: William Lay, 1857).

x Extracts of the Journals and Correspondence of Miss Berry from the Year 1783 to 1852, ed. by Lady Theresa Lewis, 3 vols (London: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1865).

x Margaret Oliphant, Annals of a Publishing House, 3 vols (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1897). [abbreviated as Oliphant]

x The Autobiography of Anna Eliza Bray, ed. by John A. Kempe (London: Chapman and Hall, 1884).

x Mary Brunton, Emmeline. With Some Other Pieces. To Which is Prefixed a Memoir of her Life, Including Some Extracts from her Correspondence (Edinburgh: Manners and Miller, and Archibald Constable and Co; London: John Murray, 1819).

x The Journals and Letters of Fanny Burney (Madame D’Arblay), ed. by Edward A. Bloom, et al, 12 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974–1984).

x The Letters of Sarah Harriet Burney, ed. by Lorna J. Clark (Athens and London: University of Georgia Press, 1997).

x Thomas Constable, Archibald Constable and his Literary Correspondents, 3 vols (Edinburgh: Edmonston & Douglas, 1873). [abbreviated as ACLC]

x Correspondence of James Fenimore Cooper, ed. by James Fenimore Cooper, 2 vols (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1922).Click here to go to the top of the page.

x The Letters and Journals of James Fenimore Cooper, ed. James Franklin Beard, 6 vols (Cambridge, Mass.: Belknap–Harvard University Press, 1960–69)

x James Ogden, Isaac D’Israeli (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1969).

x The Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth, ed. by Augustus J. C. Hare, 2 vols (London: Edward Arnold, 1894).

x Maria Edgeworth in France and Switzerland. Selections from the Edgeworth family letters, ed. by Christina Colvin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979).

x Maria Edgeworth: Letters from England 1813–1844, ed. by Christina Colvin (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971).

x Memoir and Correspondence of Susan Ferrier. 1782–1854. Collected by her Grand-Nephew John Ferrier, ed. by John A. Doyle (London: Murray, 1898; rpt. London: Eveleigh, 1929).

x John Galt, The Autobiography of John Galt, 2 vols (London: Cochrane and McCrone, 1833).

x John Galt, The Literary Life and Miscellanies of John Galt, 3 vols (Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1834).

x Elizabeth Benger, Memoirs of the Late Mrs. Elizabeth Hamilton. With a Selection from her Correspondence, and Other Unpublished Writings, 2 vols (London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown, 1818).

x James Hogg, Memoirs of the Author’s Life and Familiar Anecdotes of Sir Walter Scott, ed. by Douglas S. Mack (New York: Barnes & Noble, 1972).Click here to go to the top of the page.

x James Hogg, Anecdotes of Scott, ed. by Jill Rubenstein (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1999).

x Alan Strout, The Life and Letters of James Hogg, (Lubbock: Texas Tech Press, 1946). [abbreviated to Strout, Letters].

x Life and Letters of Washington Irving, ed. by Pierre M. Irving, 3 vols (London: Bentley, 1862).

x Letters of Washington Irving, ed. by Ralph M. Aderman, Herbert L. Kleinfield, and Jennifer S. Banks, 4 vols (Boston: Twayne, 1978–82). [abbreviated as Aderman]

x Washington Irving and the House of Murray: Geoffrey Crayon Charms the British, 1817–1856, ed. by Ben Harris McClary (Knoxville: The University of Tennessee Press, 1969).

x Mary Leadbeater, The Leadbeater Papers, 2 vols (London: Bell and Daldy, 1862; rpt. Routledge/Thoemmes Press, 1998).

x Index to the Archives of the House of Longman, compiled by Alison Ingram (Cambridge: Chadwyck-Healey Ltd, 1981).

x Horst W. Drescher. Literature and Literati: the Literary Correspondence and Notebooks of Henry Mackenzie, Vol.1 (Frankfurt am Main: P. Lang, 1989).

x Letters of Mary Russell Mitford, Second Series, ed. Henry Chorley et al, 2 vols (London: Bentley, 1872).

x The Life of Mary Russell Mitford, ed. by A. G. L’Estrange, 3 vols (London: Bentley, 1870).Click here to go to the top of the page.

x Lady Morgan’s Memoirs: Autobiography, Diaries and Correspondence, ed. by W. Hepworth Dixon, 2 vols (London: William H. Allen & Co, 1862).

x Samuel Smiles, A Publisher and His Friends: Memoir and Correspondence of the Late John Murray, 2nd edn, 2 vols (London: John Murray, 1891). [abbreviated as Smiles]

x The Letters of Thomas Love Peacock, ed. by Nicholas A. Joukovsky, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001).

x The Diary of Dr John Polidori, 1816, ed. by W. M. Rossetti. (London: E. Matthews, 1911).

x The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, ed. by W. E. K. Anderson (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1972).

x The Correspondence of Sir Walter Scott and Charles Robert Maturin (New York: Garland, 1980).

x The Private Letter Books of Sir Walter Scott, ed. by Wilfred Partington (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1930).

x Sir Walter’s Post-Bag, ed. by Wilfred Partington (London: Murray, 1932).

x The Letters of Sir Walter Scott, ed. by H. Grierson et al, 13 vols (Edinburgh: Constable, 1932). Used with: James Clarkson Corson, Notes and Index to Sir Herbert Grierson’s Edition of the Letters of Sir Walter Scott, (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1979) [abbreviated as Corson], and with Millgate Union Catalogue of Walter Scott Correspondence, [abbreviated as Millgate]

x The Journals of Mary Shelley 1814–1844, ed. by Paula Feldman and Diana Scott-Kilvert, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987).

x The Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, ed. by Betty T. Bennett, 3 vols (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980–88).

x The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, ed. by Frederick L. Jones, 2 vols (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964).

x Shelley and his Circle: 1773–1822, ed. by Kenneth Neill Cameron & Donald H. Reiman, 8 vols to date (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1961–)

x Rollins, H. D. ‘Letters of Horace Smith to Colburn’, Harvard Library Bulletin 3 (1949): 360.

x Isaac Taylor, Memoirs and Poetical Remains of the Late Jane Taylor: With Extracts from her Correspondence, 2nd edn, 2 vols (London: B. J. Holdsworth, 1826).

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 Research Associates: Dr Jacqueline Belanger, Dr Sharon Ragaz;
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