Catalogue of the papers of William Beckford, 1772-1857

Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

T. D. Rogers

1987

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Table of Contents

Introduction
A    Correspondence
    A.1  Letters from Beckford to Gregorio Franchi, in Italian, 1807-28
    A.2  Letters from Franchi to Beckford, 1804-28
    A.3  Correspondence, 1777-1844
    A.4  Letters to Beckford, 1777-1844
    A.5  Hamilton correspondence, 1809-48
B    Journals and travels, 1778-1834
C    Literary papers
    C.1  Literary papers, 1773-1780s
    C.2  Drafts and fair copies of the Episodes of Vathek: the 'Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs' and the 'Histoire du Prince Alasi'
    C.3  Literary papers, 1790s-1839
    C.4  Miscellaneous literary papers, 1770s-1844
D    Translations
    D.1  English translations of the Arabian Nights from the Wortley Montagu Arabic manuscripts, now MSS. Bodl. Or. 550-6
    D.2   French translations or compositions based on the Arabian Nights
E    Reading notes
F    Catalogues and inventories
G    Music composed or collected by Beckford
    G.1  Scores, sketches and compositions, 1781-1803
    G.2  Music owned by Beckford, late 18th cent.
H    Newspaper cuttings, 1780-1847
I    Miscellaneous papers, 17th-19th cent.
J    Deeds and papers relating mainly to property owned or leased by Beckford, 1798-1841
K    Books from Beckford's library in the Bodleian
Conspectus 1
Conspectus 2
Index


Papers of William Beckford, 1772-1857

Abstract:
Papers of William Beckford (1760-1844), author

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford a. 1-4, b. 1-8, c. 1-89, d. 1-29, e. 1-5, f. 1-5, g. 1-2

Extent: 142 shelfmarks

Biographical History

William Beckford (1760-1844) was the author of the oriental tale Vathek and of several volumes of travel-writings, the builder of Fonthill Abbey, and an important collector of paintings, objets d'art and books. Fonthill has almost disappeared, most of his collections and his library have been dispersed, but his writings and this substantial collection of his papers remain.

Scope and Content

The papers have been divided into ten groups (as shown in the table of contents). The correspondence includes a long series of letters from Beckford to Gregorio Franchi, in Italian, 1807-28, and a number of letters from Franchi, in Portuguese, 1804-28. Other major correspondents are Beckford's cousin Louisa Beckford; G.F. Beltz of the College of Arms; Beckford's daughter Susan and her husband Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton; Robert Hume, one of Beckford's agents; l'abbé Denis Macquin; Diogo, 5th Marqués de Marialva; Maria Anna, Marquesa de Santa Cruz, and Dr Frederick Scholl. There are two letter-books containing copies of letters from Beckford, and many drafts or copies of his letters filed with the letters of individual correspondents in MSS. Beckford c. 26-37. Included in the collection are two groups of letters, from Susan, Lady Hamilton, to her husband, containing a number of references to Beckford, and from various correspondents to the 10th Duke of Hamilton, mainly relating to Beckford's business affairs. Much of the correspondence, including that between Beckford and the Hamiltons, is in French.

The journals are mostly fragmentary, but include the long journal which Beckford kept during his visit to Portugal and Spain in 1787-8, with a later copy containing some entries missing from the original journal. The later copy was not available to Boyd Alexander for his edition of the journal (1954). The travel-writings, often based on the journals, include drafts of Dreams, waking thoughts and incidents (1783), parts of Italy, with sketches of Spain and Portugal (1834), and Recollections of an excursion to the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha (1835). The 1783 edition of the Dreams was suppressed; the two copies in the Beckford papers, particularly the large-paper copy, contain numerous alterations for its publication in 1834 as part of Italy.

The literary papers (the prose titles listed in the index, under Beckford, Prose works) include a volume of 'Orations', c.1774, a fair copy of The long story (or The vision), drafts of 'The dome of the setting sun', 'Fonthill foreshadowed', 'L'Esplendente', the 'Histoire de Darianoc', Epitaphs, and the Liber veritatis. A number of short literary pieces in MS. Beckford c. 48 are drafts for a continuation of The long story. There is a small fragment of the manuscript of Vathek, an English translation of part of the text by John Lettice, and several copies of the Episodes of Vathek. Many of the literary manuscripts are discussed in detail by André Parreaux, William Beckford, auteur de Vathek, 1760-1844. Étude de la création littéraire (Paris, 1960). They and the travel-writings are briefly described (with a few minor exceptions) in the Index of English literary manuscripts vol. 3, 1700-1800, Part I, compiled by Margaret M. Smith (Mansell, 1986), pp. 21-31.

Smaller groups of papers include translations from the Arabian Nights, a collection of Beckford's reading-notes, several volumes containing catalogues of his libraries and inventories of his property (including books) in 1844, music composed or collected by Beckford, and twenty-three boxes of newspaper cuttings. The miscellaneous papers include many drawings and sketches by Beckford (and a few drawings by Sir John Soane, James Wyatt and Henry Goodridge), and the manuscript of Cyrus Reddings's 'Memoirs of William Beckford', differing substantially from the published version. The last section of the papers contains a few deeds relating to Beckford's property, and two deeds relating to the marriage settlement of Susan Beckford (Lady Hamilton).

Many of the papers were originally arranged in wrappers by Beckford, each with its descriptive title or list of contents, but a number have been moved from their wrappers (possibly by Boyd Alexander, whose pencil notes are on many of the wrappers, and on some of the other leaves). Unless an item is described as bound, or sewn, it can be assumed that it consists of loose single sheets or bifolia. The contents of most of the old Hamilton Papers (HP) boxes, usually cited in publications hitherto, can be identified from Conspectus 2, or from the index.

Custodial History

On Beckford's death in 1844, the papers passed to his daughter, Lady Hamilton. They remained in the possession of the Dukes of Hamilton until 1977, although most of them had been for many years in the custody of Boyd Alexander. In 1977 the Duke of Hamilton sold the papers at Sotheby's (6 July 1977, lot 272), where they were bought by B.H. Blackwell Ltd. Blackwell's deposited the papers in the Bodleian from October 1977 until December 1979, when they took them back into their own custody.

Acquisition

In July 1984, Blackwell's gave the entire collection to the Bodleian 'in memory of the late Sir Basil Blackwell, his father Benjamin, and his elder son Richard, the first three chairmen of the firm' (see Bodleian Library Record, 12, no. 1 (1985), pp. 73-5).

Related Material

The Bodleian has two other small collections of papers relating to Beckford, as well as a few scattered letters and papers, including:

  1. A commonplace book containing Beckford's notes on periodicals read, 1793-1811 (MS. Eng. misc. e. 1236).
  2. Two letter-books containing copies of letters from Thomas Wildman (one of Beckford's solicitors) to agents and others in Jamaica, 1787-94, 1794-5 (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 499-500).
  3. Copies of Wildman's letters to Beckford, 1794-5 (MS. Eng. lett. c. 501).
  4. An agreement for the purchase by Beckford of a house in Lisbon, 1793 (MS. Portuguese c. 1).
  5. Boyd Alexander's working papers relating to Beckford (MSS. Eng. lett. c. 687-95 etc.) - see on-line catalogue
  6. Transcripts of letters from Beckford to Samuel Henley, 1782-97 (MS. Eng. lett. c. 11).
  7. Papers of John Britton relating to Fonthill Abbey (MS. Eng. misc. d. 222).
  8. Transcripts of Beckford letters, with notebooks and correspondence of John Hodgkin relating to Beckford (MSS. Eng. lett. d. 36; Eng. misc. d. 224-5, e. 198).
  9. About thirty books from Beckford's library, most of them containing his reading-notes. The books are listed in Section K. Beckford's copy of Samuel Rogers, Italy (London, 1823) with two leaves of reading-notes, was among the papers given by Blackwell's, and is now [pr.bk] Arch. H e. 54.

Items 1-5, and most of the printed books, were bequeathed by Boyd Alexander in 1980 (see Bodleian Library Record, 10 (1978-82), p. 267). Items 6-8 were bequeathed, with some printed books, by John Hodgkin in 1930 (see Bodleian Quarterly Record, 6 (1929-31), p. 222).

Personal names (NCA Rules)

Beckford | William | 1760-1844 | author, MP, art collector

Subjects (LCSH)

Authors
Books and reading
Catalogs, Book
Collectors and collecting
English Literature -- 18th century
Travel -- 18th century

Note: The place of publication of works cited in the catalogue is London unless otherwise stated.


A   Correspondence

A.1   Letters from Beckford to Gregorio Franchi, in Italian, 1807-28

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 1-11


Scope and Content:

Includes some of Beckford's wrappers, a few sketches by Beckford, and a few notes and a number of sketches by Franchi, with (c. 5, fol. 34) a note in an unidentified hand 'Lettres à Franchi personne doit les voir xbre 1846', and (c. 11, fols. 167-9) a note, 1857, and a letter, n.d., concerning the purchase of parts of the correspondence. Translated extracts from the letters are printed in Life at Fonthill, ed. Boyd Alexander (1957).


1807-9
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 1
Extent: 155 leaves

1810-13
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 2
Extent: 154 leaves

1814
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 3
Extent: 113 leaves

1815
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 4
Extent: 116 leaves

1816-May 1817
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 5
Extent: 134 leaves

June-Dec. 1817
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 6
Extent: 158 leaves

1818
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 7
Extent: 94 leaves

Jan.-July 1819
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 8
Extent: 142 leaves

Aug.-Nov. 1819, 1821-3
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 9
Extent: 152 leaves

1824-6
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 10
Extent: 143 leaves

1827-8, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 11
Extent: 170 leaves

A.2   Letters from Franchi to Beckford, 1804-28

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 12-13


Letters from Franchi to Beckford, in Portuguese, 1804-22
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 12
Extent: 136 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many written from Fonthill, 1822, and from abroad, and including pen-and-ink drawings of objets d'art, and caricatures, by Franchi, and some notes of replies by Beckford. A drawing by Franchi (fol. 57v) is reproduced in Life at Fonthill, p. 323.


Letters from Franchi to Beckford, in Portuguese, 1823-8, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 13
Extent: 114 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many written from abroad (especially Rome, 1825, and Paris, 1825-6), including pen-and-ink drawings of objets d'art, and caricatures, by Franchi, and some notes of replies by Beckford, with

  • (fol. 89) a drawing possibly by D.A. de Sequeira, 1826, reproduced in Boyd Alexander, England's wealthiest son (1962), p. 103
  • (fols. 107-14) drawings and caricatures by Franchi, cut from letters no longer among the papers, including (fol. 108) an architectural drawing probably by Beckford

A.3   Correspondence, 1777-1844

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 14-25, d. 1, e. 1


A letter-book (the 'Red copy book' or 'RCB') containing copies of letters, 1777-91
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford e. 1
Extent: iii + 133 pages, 114-30 blank
Binding: limp red calf

Scope and Content:

Many addressed or probably addressed to Alexander Cozens, pp. 1-81 in the hand of an amanuensis, with a few alterations by Beckford, and pp. 82-113, 131-2 in Beckford's hand. The contents are listed, with a few inaccuracies, in Guy Chapman, Beckford (1952), pp. 350-6; many of the letters are printed in Lewis Melville, The life and letters of William Beckford (1910).


Drafts and copies of letters from Beckford, 1777-1843
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 14
Extent: 163 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many without a recipient's name, a number of them concerning business matters

  • (fols. 1-104) dated drafts, 1777-1843, including (fol. 47v) a parody of a begging-letter, 1812
  • (fols. 105-28) drafts arranged by date of watermark or conjectural date, 1801-34
  • (fols. 129-53) undated drafts.

Notes by Beckford on some leaves include (fol. 1) 'Purport of the long Story. Pandere res alta Terra & caligine mersas' (Vergil, Aeneid 6, 267), 1777, presumably intended for 'The long story' (see MS. Beckford c. 46, below), and (fols. 134-5) a list of books.


Two files of papers, in Beckford's wrappers, 1787, 1797-8
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 15
Extent: 90 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • The first file (fols. 1-36) is inscribed by Beckford 'Falmouth letters' (wrapper watermarked 1832), and contains rough notes, drafts and later fair copies of letters written at Falmouth while Beckford was waiting for a passage to Portugal, 3-14 March 1787; versions of some of the letters are printed in Italy ii (1834), pp. 1-22; (fol. 26) 'Breakfast Conversation' is printed in England's wealthiest son, pp. 126-7. The file includes (fols. 28-36) rough notes made at Falmouth, written on letters and lists of books from Theophilus Thornton, possibly added to the file by Boyd Alexander.
  • The second file (fols. 37-80) contains letters and copies of letters to and from Beckford, William Pitt, Lord Portland, Lord Thurlow and Nicholas Williams, concerning negotiations for peace with France, 1797-8, with (fols. 63-6) 'A statement of facts addressed to the public' by Beckford
  • (fols. 81-90) a blank notebook, wrapper inscribed by Beckford 'Ld. Thurlow &c'

Letter-book, 1796-1800
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 16
Extent: viii + 368 pages, 59-368 blank
Binding: blind-tooled reversed calf

Scope and Content:

Contains copies, in the hand of an amanuensis, with a few alterations by Beckford, of letters from Beckford to various correspondents.


Letters from Louisa Beckford, [1780?]-1784, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 17
Extent: 85 leaves
Binding: formerly sewn with pink ribbon

Scope and Content:

With (fols. 50-1, 76-7, 81, 83-5) drafts of letters from Beckford, 1781-4, and (fols. 11-14, 16-17) fragments of letters cut out and now missing.


Notebook containing drafts and copies by Beckford of letters to Louisa Beckford, 1780-c.1839
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 1
Extent: 44 leaves, 30-44 blank
Binding: limp red calf

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-6) drafts, Dec. 1780-July 1781, with later alterations
  • (fols. 6-29) rough drafts, c.1838-9?, of letters dated 1781-4, composed as literary pieces. About 20 leaves have been cut out between fols. 5 and 6, leaving only the stubs.

Fair copies, with a few drafts, of 'Letters to Louisa', 1780-4
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 18
Extent: 81 leaves

Scope and Content:

Annotated 'written' or 'copied out' 1838-9, each section enclosed in wrappers inscribed as follows

  • (fols. 1-8) 'Letters to Louisa'
  • (fols. 9-19) 'Origin of the Halls of Eblis'
  • (fols. 20-7) 'Devonshire House fête 22 March 1782. Palazzo Courtenay 12 Feb. ditto. Ch[arles] Grevile's house & Ly Home May 1783'
  • (fols. 28-38) '... Ly Craven's pastoral April 5th 1782' (see MS. Beckford c. 61)
  • (fols. 39-54) '... Paris in 1784 Ly Lucan & Mde Necker &c.'
  • (fols. 55-64) 'The Lioness'
  • (fols. 65-81) 'Mysterious visit - the grim-visaged old man &c.', with (fol. 81v) a pen-and-ink drawing of a single eye.

Many of the wrappers are annotated with the dates of readings by Beckford, e.g. fol. 20 'read to the D[uke of Hamilton] 15 7r 1839', fol. 43 'rd to [Samuel] Rogers 13 March 1840...'. Long extracts are printed in J.W. Oliver, The life of William Beckford (1932), pp. 161-93 passim.


Letters from G.F. Beltz (Lancaster Herald, 1822) to Beckford, 1800-41
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 19
Extent: 162 leaves

Scope and Content:

A few addressed to others (at Fonthill), with some pedigrees and drawings of coats of arms, and some drafts and notes of letters from Beckford. Beckford's drawing of a wall-cupboard (fol. 42) is reproduced in Life at Fonthill (1957), p. 38; a sketch of the cupboard is in MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 147.


Letters, mainly in French, 1782-1844
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 20
Extent: 169 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-53) from Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1782-1844, n.d., with some copies of letters from Beckford
  • (fols. 54-74) from Beckford's daughter, Susan, Lady Hamilton, 1815-41, n.d.
  • (fols. 58-9) drafts of verses by Beckford beg. 'Ye bold, who mount sublime on Fortune's wheel'
  • (fols. 75-158) letters and drafts from Beckford to Lady Hamilton, 1806-44, n.d.
  • (fol. 102v) draft of part of 'The Dripwell Guide' (MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 26-31)
  • (fols. 159-60) verses to 'Miss S[usan] B[eckford]' by 'RPK', 1806
  • (fol. 162) a lock of Beckford's hair, taken on his death-bed by his daughter, with (fol. 161) a note by her

Letters and drafts of letters from Beckford, mainly in French, to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1783, 1806-44
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 21
Extent: 295 leaves

Scope and Content:

With drafts of some letters from Lord Hamilton, and

  • (fols. 46, 160) sketches by Beckford, one (fol. 46) of part of Fonthill, 1814
  • (fols. 275-7) a short composition by Beckford, 29 March 1844, 'Enfin - il plait au ciel de nous accorder quelques indices du printemps... mais le vivre est las de moi', two copies of the French version, with an English translation by Beckford

Letters from Robert Hume, Beckford's agent in London, 1822-44, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 22
Extent: 243 leaves

Scope and Content:

With drafts of some letters to him, and some sketches by Hume of

  • (fol. 58) a gallery from the state bedroom at Fonthill, 1825
  • (fols. 100v, 108) the gallery ceiling at Hamilton Palace, 1829
  • (fol. 132v) candelabra, 1831

Correspondence of l'abbé Denis Macquin (mainly from the College of Arms) and Beckford, in French, 1806-23, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 23
Extent: 123 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 14-15, 115v) drawings of coats of arms
  • (fol. 88) draft of verses by Beckford, beg. 'Like - the low murmur of the secret stream'

Letters to Beckford, 1787-99
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 24
Extent: 193 leaves

Scope and Content:

From

  • (fols. 1-92) Diogo de Meneses Noronha Coutinho, 5th Marqués de Marialva (1739-1803), in Portuguese, with drafts and notes of some letters from Beckford, 1787-99, n.d.
  • (fol. 93-193) Maria Anna, Marquesa de Santa-Cruz, in French, 1788-9, mainly in a series numbered by the writer 1-64, of which about twenty are missing, with (passim) brief notes of replies by Beckford
  • (fols. 93-6) Beckford's wrappers, with notes concerning some of the letters
  • (fols. 190-3) drafts and notes of letters from Beckford

Letters from Frederick Scholl, in French, 1790-1834, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 25
Extent: 148 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly written at Lausanne, with drafts of some letters from Beckford.

A.4   Letters to Beckford, 1777-1844

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 26-37


Scope and Content:

With a few letters addressed to others for Beckford's attention, copies and drafts of many letters from Beckford, and a few notes and drawings by him.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Aboyne - Boulainvilliers
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 26
Extent: 155 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 76-106) Bartolomeo Benincasa, 1780-4
  • (fols. 111-39) Isabel Sill Bezerra, Vicondessa de Tagoahy, 1795, 1814-34

Brandoin - Christie
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 27
Extent: 140 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 4-8) Beckford's wrapper, with notes of letters to and from him, and a newspaper cutting, 1813-17
  • (fols. 9-49) John Britton, 1822-43, with (fol. 15cv) a reading-note quoted in Boyd Alexander, England's wealthiest son (1962), pp. 258-9 (and said to be on the verso of a letter to John Rutter)
  • (fols. 63-85) the Prince de Carency, 1788-9
  • (fols. 89-130b) Charles Chardin, 1789-1821, n.d., with bills for books, and news of the revolution in France

Clarke - Cozens
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 28
Extent: 139 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-71) George Clarke, with bills for books, 1824, 1831-5, n.d.
  • (fols. 73-90) William Clarke, 1822-30, with
    • (fols. 73-4) a bill for books, 1810
    • (fol. 75v) a draft of verses by Beckford, beg. 'Tis quite impossible to give a notion/of all the legs & arms that were in motion'
    • (fols. 76-7) a letter from a French bookseller to Clarke, 1828

The copies and drafts of letters and literary pieces on fols. 104-37 are addressed to Alexander Cozens, 1777-84, n.d.; fol. 131 is reproduced in Index of English literary manuscripts, plate 4. They are accompanied by pen-and-ink drawings of (fol. 139) ibexes and a leopard (with an inscription in Persian, probably a medical recipe) and (fol. 139v) two musicians and an embracing couple, given to Cozens by the artist 'Agamine the Persian at Petersburg 1730' (inscription in Beckford's hand). Both drawings are reproduced in Kim Sloan, Alexander and John Robert Cozens, the poetry of landscape (New Haven & London, 1986), plates 84-5.


Craven - Ehrhart
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 29
Extent: 157 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-77) Elizabeth Lady Craven, Margravine of Anspach, 1782-1809, n.d., one of Beckford's wrappers (fol. 12) annotated by Lady Hamilton 'Not uninteresting but may be burnt', with (fols. 76-7) a description of a 'gothic' vase, and a facsimile copy of an inscription on the vase
  • (fols. 116-52) [Luis?] Pignatelli, Comte des Fuentes et Egmond (Egmont), 1803-8, n.d., with (fols. 129-44) a printed genealogy of the Egmonts, extracted from a printed book, in French, c.1801?

Ellacombe - Greville
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 30
Extent: 208 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 9-47) E.F. English and Edmund English, mainly about paintings, 1839-42
  • (fols. 88-167, 195-205) Fownes & White, solicitors, mainly concerning Beckford's finances, his Jamaican estates, and the sale of Fonthill, 1796-1840, with (fols. 124-5) notes on the contract for the sale of Fonthill [1822]
  • (fols. 168-78) Edward Foxhall, 1786-1814, including
    • (fol. 169) a small pen-and-ink drawing of a stool (one of a set being made for Beckford), 1795
    • (fol. 175) an agreement by Foxhall to purchase Fonthill Mansion and contents, 1807

Halbach - Hankeys
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 31
Extent: 137 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 3-19) Lady Anne Hamilton, 1804-11, n.d.
  • (fols. 28-79) Catherine, first wife of Sir William Hamilton, 1780-2

with

  • (fols. 90, 107-19) letters from Sir William Hamilton, 1782-1802
  • (fols. 120-6) letters to Hamilton from Beckford, 1791-9

Harcourt - Hume
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 32
Extent: 184 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 6-47) Sir Isaac Heard, with some bills for genealogical research, 1796-1815, n.d., fols. 6-10, 13-14, 19-28 in the hand of an amanuensis (usually G.F. Beltz) and signed by Heard
  • (fols. 51-85) Samuel Henley, partly relating to Vathek, 1782-6, with (fol. 75) verses by Henley beg. 'Let me ascend thy radiant car', 1785
  • (fol. 88-122) drafts and copies of letters to Elizabeth Hervey, some composed as literary pieces, 1777-96
  • (fols. 123-49) letters from Elizabeth Hervey to Beckford, 1789-97, including (fols. 123-4) Beckford's wrapper, watermark 1839, inscribed 'Letters from Mrs. Hervey 1790- [blank] clever and entertaining'
  • (fols. 154-5) one of Beckford's wrappers, with a number of pencil and pen-and-ink drawings and sketches

Isaacs - Orde
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 33
Extent: 136 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 13-45) letters to and from A.J. Cochrane-Johnstone, 1811-12, mainly concerning Beckford's Jamaican estates and finances, with some (English) political news
  • (fols. 59-77) letters from John Lettice, 1779-1823, with (fols. 72-3) two sonnets by him, 1800, and (fols. 76-7) a letter from him to Count Benincasa, 1782
  • (fols. 78-87) drafts and copies of letters from Beckford to Lettice, 1784-1818
  • (fols. 95-6) a note to Beckford, with verses on Vathek, by [P.H.?] Mallet, 1786, the verses printed in Journal de Lausanne, 3 Feb. 1787, and reprinted in Guy Chapman and John Hodgkin, A bibliography of William Beckford (1930), p. 124
  • (fols. 105-16) copies of letters to George Douglas, Earl of Morton, 1778, n.d. [1775?], including
    • (fols. 107r & v), 110v, 111, 113v, 116v 123) pen-and-ink and wash drawings by Beckford, mainly scenes for a puppet play. For the drawings for the puppet play, see Kim Sloan, Alexander and John Robert Cozens (1986), pp. 73-4 and plate 83.
    • (fol. 111v) a pen-and-ink design in red, black and gold, probably also by Beckford.

Pacchiarotti - Rundell
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 34
Extent: 136 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-11) Gasparo Pacchiarotti, 1780-2, with
    • (fol. 10) a song by him, beg. 'Ecco un foglio; Ecco un lume; Ecco il mio fato'
    • (fol. 11) two pieces of pink ribbon formerly threaded through fols. 1-3, 6-10
  • (fols. 16-34) John Pedley, one of Beckford's agents, with (fol. 19v) two caricatures of Beckford, reproduced in Boyd Alexander, England's wealthiest son (1962), p. 39

Sartorious - Stuart
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 35
Extent: 147 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fol. 6-23) Georgiana Seymour, 1778-81, with (fol. 24) ribbons formerly threaded through fols. 6-23
  • (fols. 28-51) William Smith, printseller, mainly about the Strawberry Hill sale, 1841-3
  • (fols. 57-93) Domingos Sousa Coutinho, Marqués de Funchal, Portuguese Ambassador to London, 1806-32
  • (fols. 100-11) Anne Marie de Starck, 1783?-1802 with (fol. 111) a copy of her obituary inscription
  • (fols. 113-35) Henry Savile de Starck, 1804-11, n.d.

Thornton - White
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 36
Extent: 95 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 5-17) Edward, 1st Baron Thurlow, 1781-4, n.d.
  • (fols. 20-30) Henry Tresham, 1781, 1799-1802, with (fols. 22-3) a printed list of paintings, Private view of twenty-six capital pictures [1799]
  • (fols. 38-67) Dr. François Verdeil, 1789-96
  • (fols. 73-89) Benjamin West, 1790-1816, with (fol. 90) a draft of a letter from Beckford to West, n.d.

Wildman - Zamoyski
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 37
Extent: 111 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-39) letters to and from Henry, James and Thomas Wildman, 1786-1802
  • (fols. 69-99) receipts for and lists of objets d'art, including
    • (fols. 69-71) priced lists of lacquer or 'Japan' items bought at the sale of the Duc de Bouillon, 1801 - printed, with reproductions of fols. 69v and 70r, in F.J.B. Watson; 'Beckford, Mme de Pompadour, the Duc de Bouillon and the taste for Japanese lacquer in eighteenth century France', Gazette des Beaux-Arts (1963), pp. 101-27
    • (fols. 73-83, 89-90) priced lists in Franchi's hand, 1813-18, n.d.
    • (fols. 92-9) lists in Franchi's hand of the contents of boxes of antiques, with some drawings by (fols. 80-3) Franchi and (fol. 99) Beckford
  • (fols 100-1) a list of 'portraits in the windows of the brown parlour Fonthill Abbey', n.d.
  • (fols. 102-11) a few miscellaneous letters, not apparently connected with Beckford, early 19th cent.

A.5   Hamilton correspondence, 1809-48

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 38-9


Letters from Susan, Lady Hamilton, to her husband, in French, 1809-44, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 38
Extent: 149 leaves

Scope and Content:

With a number of references to Beckford ('le Caliphe', 'Papa', or 'Monseigneur'), and domestic and social news, many of the letters written from abroad, including Italy, 1818-19 (with references to the purchase of objets d'art), Paris, 1821-2, and Lausanne, 1819, 1827, 1837.


Letters from various correspondents to Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1813-48
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 39
Extent: 130 leaves
Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Scope and Content:

Mainly concerns Beckford's business affairs, including

  • (fols. 1-71, 125-8) correspondence with the Duke's agent, Robert Brown, and Fownes & White, mainly about the sale of Fonthill, 1821-2, and the lease of land from the Bishop of Salisbury, 1831

with

  • (fols. 72-93) letters from Gregorio Franchi, 1812-22
  • (fols. 99-104, 107, 123-4) letters concerning the sale to the National Gallery of Beckford's portrait of the Doge Loredan by Bellini, 1844

B   Journals and travels, 1778-1834

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 40-4, d. 2-8, e. 2 , f. 1


Fair copy of an account of a visit to the Grande Chartreuse, June 1778
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 2
Extent: i + 32 leaves
Binding: marbled wrappers (damaged by damp)

Scope and Content:

In the hand of an amanuensis, with some alterations by Beckford. Printed in Dreams (1783), pp. 297-334, and in altered form in Italy (1834), ii, pp. 307-53


Notebook containing notes and journal entries of travels, 1778-95
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford e. 2
Extent: 90 pages
Binding: green stiffened paper wrappers (damaged)
Arrangement: Not entered in chronological order.

Scope and Content:
  • (pp. 3-10, 41, 64v-5) 5 and 7 July (Lake of Geneva) and undated entries, 1778, Switzerland
  • (pp. 29-32, 33-5, 37-40, 42-51, 81-2) 10-13 July, 10, 27-8 August and undated entries, 1783, Savoy and Switzerland
  • (p. 63) 2 Jan., 21 Feb. 1784 [Paris]
  • (pp. 52-3, 58-60, 66, 68-70) 27-8 August, 9 Sept., 21 Oct. 1787, Portugal, and 19 Dec. 1787, Spain (Escurial), extracts printed in Journal of William Beckford in Portugal and Spain, ed. Boyd Alexander (1954), pp. 179, 183, 201-2, 239-41, 295
  • (pp. 13-24) 1-2 Dec. 1795, Aranjuez, Spain, printed in Italy (1834), ii, pp. 365-81 (a fair copy is in MS. Beckford d. 8, below)
  • (pp. 61-2, 77-9, 83-4, 88-90) undated entries, mainly Switzerland and France

With

  • (front and back pastedowns) sketches of coats of arms
  • (pp. 1, 71) architectural and topographical sketches

Journals, 1779
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 3
Extent: 26 leaves
Binding: fols. 9-18 in a sewn section

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-8) notes, mainly in pencil, of a visit to the Lake District, [1779]
  • (fols. 9-18) a fair copy, in the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford, of journal-letters, Aug.-Sept. 1779, visits to Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall, York and Hackfall, Yorks.
  • (fols. 19-26) another copy of the journal-letters, omitting the first letter, and incorporating Beckford's alterations

Notebook 'No.3', containing a journal of travels in Italy, 26 Oct.-3 Nov. 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford f. 1
Extent: 26 leaves, including blank interleaves
Binding: stiffened marbled wrappers

Scope and Content:

The entries for 26-29 Oct. and 1-2 Nov. (fols. 2-6v, 23v-5) struck through, and written up in the draft of Dreams (MS. Beckford d. 4, below), the entries for 30-31 Oct. (fols. 6v-21) marked 'to be inserted' [at fol. 77v of Dreams]. The contents correspond roughly to Dreams (1783), pp. 190-211, and Italy (1834), i, pp. 223-45. The journal breaks off in mid-sentence, with a note (fol. 26) 'Vid: Book 4 for the continuation'. 'Book 4', which has not been found, evidently contained the entries for part of 3 Nov., and 4-8 Nov. Fol. 21 is reproduced in Guy Chapman and John Hodgkin, A bibliography of William Beckford (1930), p. 13.


Draft, with many alterations, of a large part of Dreams, waking thoughts, and incidents (1783)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 4
Extent: iv + 85 leaves

Scope and Content:

Begins with the letter of 21 June 1780 (letter II, pp. 5-12 of the printed text), and ending with 9 Nov. 1780 (corresponding to 6 Nov., pp. 216-19). The entries for part of June and July (pp. 19-52 of the printed text) are lacking, except for one leaf, fol. 11 (pp. 37-8), and a note on fol. 10 refers to 'Book No.1' (not found). The entries for 30-31 Oct. and 3-8 Nov. are also lacking, and Beckford has noted (fol. 77v) 'Book No.3' (MS. Beckford f. 1) and (fol. 80) 'Vid: Book No 3 last page Novr. 3d then No.4'. There are several contemporary paginations of the manuscript. Three leaves, probably not kept here by Beckford, contain (fol. 83) rough notes identified by Boyd Alexander as notes for the 1780 tour, and (fols. 84-5) drafts of two letters, 29 and 30 June 1782, printed among the 'Additional letters' in Dreams, pp. 291-4.


An uncut copy of the suppressed edition of Dreams, waking thoughts, and incidents (1783)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 40
Binding: Marbled boards, lacking spine, frontispiece and engraving of St. Bruno

Scope and Content:

Contains a number of alterations in Beckford's hand to words and phrases, many of them not entered in the second copy (MS. Beckford c. 41), and some drafts of alterations to short passages, a few entered in the second copy. Pp. 135a-b (an inserted leaf) contain notes, not in Beckford's hand, about St. Bruno, with references to printed sources, and (p. 135b) a rough draft of a passage re-drafted in the second copy (c. 41, p. 136b). The end flyleaf and pastedown contain pencil notes - a few lines of prose, partly erased, and some lines of verse.

Related Material:

Another copy, containing the two engravings missing from the Beckford copies, was bequeathed to the Bodleian by John Hodgkin in 1932 ([pr.bk.] Arch. H d. 14). Hodgkin's copy contains a letter from Beckford to George Clarke, 1833, and a note by Clarke on a flyleaf, giving the names of the owners of the 'four' surviving copies of the work, the rest of the impression having been 'purposely burnt at Fonthill in 1801'; only one of Beckford's copies is included in the list. The text was heavily revised by Beckford for inclusion in the first volume of Italy; with sketches of Spain and Portugal (2 vols., 1834). The original text was reprinted by Guy Chapman as vol. I of The travel-diaries of William Beckford, 2 vols. (Cambridge, 1928).



A large paper, uncut, copy of the suppressed edition of Dreams, waking thoughts, and incidents (1783)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 41
Binding: Marbled boards, lacking spine, frontispiece, title-leaf and engraving of St. Bruno

Scope and Content:

Contains extensive alterations by Beckford, with passages and whole pages deleted and numerous drafts of altered passages, for inclusion in Italy (1834). There are inserted leaves at pp. 136, 189 and 316, including (pp. 316b-e) a fair copy of a passage about the conversion of St. Bruno.


Journal entries, 1786, and drafts, 1786-1834, of 'Saleve' (printed in Italy (1834), i, pp. 357-71)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 42
Extent: 43 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fol. 1) a fragment of a letter in French, Sept. 1785 (fair copy in MS. Beckford e. 1, fols. 131-2)
  • (fol. 1v) journal entry, 14 Feb. 1786 [Lake of Geneva]
  • (fol. 4) extracts from a printed book concerning Louis XI, a fragment of a letter in French, and drafts of passages in 'Saleve'
  • (fols. 5-12) drafts for 'Saleve', with many alterations
  • (fol. 13) journal entry, 6 Oct. 1786, Marseilles (entries for 2-3 Oct. are in MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 36)
  • (fols. 13-15) early draft of part of 'Saleve'
  • (fols. 16-23) draft of a version longer than the printed one, fols. 16-19 in the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford
  • (fols. 24-33, 37) fair copy of the longer version, in the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford, paper watermarked 1795, inscribed (fol. 24) 'Read to E. 11 Sept. 1822'
  • (fols. 38-43) final draft of 'Saleve', dated 6 Jan. 1834

Journal of a visit to Portugal and Spain, 25 May-27 July (brief entries, 28 July, 2 Aug.) 3 Aug., 5 Aug.- 9 Sept., 21 Sept.-12 Nov., 18-27 Nov., 10-14, 17-31 Dec.1787, 1-21 Jan. 1788
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 43
Extent: 293 pages

Scope and Content:

The missing entries, except for 28 July-2 Aug., are supplied by the fair copy, MS. Beckford d. 5, below. The manuscript contains many later alterations and (especially pp. 217b, 217e-f and h-j, 218b, 221-2a) some much later additions by Beckford, and includes

  • (pp. 1a-d) a copy of a letter in French from Beckford, unaddressed, [Fonthill], 28 Feb. 1785
  • (p. 90c) part of an aria in Portuguese, surrounded by Beckford's notes for Journal entries
  • (p. 195) a fragment of a letter from Beckford, n.d.
  • (pp. 217c-d rev., 218d rev.) letters from the 5th Marqués de Marialva, 1787
  • (pp. 222e-d rev.) a list in Portuguese of prints in an unidentified volume

The journal was published from this manuscript by Boyd Alexander, The journal of William Beckford in Portugal and Spain 1787-1788 (1954), with reproductions of p. 1d (25 May) and p. 90c (Portuguese aria) at pp. 36 and 140 respectively.


Fair copy, with some variants, of most of the journal in Portugal and Spain 1787 (MS. Beckford c. 43, above)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 5
Extent: i + 136 leaves

Scope and Content:

Part of 25 May, and 26 May- 27 July, 3 Aug.-16 Dec. in the hand of an amanuensis, with some alterations and (especially fols. 35, 123, 136) a few much later additions by Beckford.


Drafts of letters in Sketches of Spain and Portugal (vol. 2 of Italy, 1834), in Beckford's wrappers
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 44
Extent: 54 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-3) two copies of an entry for 8 July, an account of a bull-fight, not published by Beckford
  • (fols. 5-15) drafts relating to Portugal, parts of letters XXI, XXIV and XXVIII ('Sept. 9th' printed as 19 Sept.), paper watermarked with various dates 1806-27, two drafts dated 1816
  • (fols. 13v, 18, 51v) copies of letters from Beckford, 1830s
  • (fols. 16-49) rough drafts relating to Spain, paper watermarked 1829-32, some drafts dated 1834, including (fols. 16-21, 22-33, 34-44, 45-9) letters XI, XII, XIII-XIV and XV-XVI
  • (fols. 36-7) the original wrapper for the Spanish journal (part of MS. Beckford c. 43) containing much later drafts on fols. 36v-7
  • (fol. 50v) a pen-and-ink drawing of an ornate jug

Fair copy by Beckford, with some alterations, and a few passages in draft, of Letters VII-XXXIV, relating to Portugal, for Sketches of Spain and Portugal (vol. 2 of Italy, 1834)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 6
Extent: 214 leaves

Scope and Content:

Lacks the beginning of letter XXIV (draft in MS. Beckford c. 44, fols. 11-12) and the whole of letter XXV, in wrappers numbered by Beckford 1-23, with (fol. 95v) draft of the prefatory note to vol. 2 of Italy, 31 Oct. 1833. There are some dated watermarks, 1806-13, and (fol. 112) 1832; notes of the dates, 1818-33, on which Beckford read chapters to friends (usually named) are on many of the wrappers. Versions of letters I-VI, written from Falmouth, are in MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 1-36.

Related Material:

The printer's copy for both volumes of Italy is at Harvard, MS Eng 1042.



Journal notes, 2-13 June, 25 July 1794, and drafts, 1834-5, of Recollections of an excursion to the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha (1835)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 7
Extent: 124 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-10a) journal notes, 2-13 June 1794, with some later alterations and (fols. 5v-6v) two drafts, c.1834, of a passage printed in 1835, pp. 31-3; fols. 8-9 are the boards from a printed work, with journal entries written on the pastedowns
  • (fol. 10b) entry headed 'Montserrat ce vendredi 25 Juillet 1794', with (fol. 10bv) draft beg. 'The twilight began to shade'
  • (fols. 11-21) drafts, 20 Nov. 1834 and (fol. 21) 24 Dec. 1834, of the text printed pp. 98-136
  • (fols. 22-35, 36-66, 67-90) draft of most of the work, with many alterations and re-workings, in three sections, the first undated, part of the second dated 10 Nov. 1834, parts of the third dated 2 Jan.- 4 Feb. 1835, corresponding to the printed text pp. 13-17 and 26-43, 44-140, and 141-224
  • (fols. 91-119) drafts and re-workings of parts of the text, 18 Oct. 1834-11 Feb. 1835, n.d., some written on letters to Beckford
  • (fol. 120) fair copy of the text printed as pp. 128-9, in the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford, pages numbered 73-4 in a contemporary hand, the closest surviving text to a printer's copy, n.d.
  • (fols. 121-2) draft of the entry for 3 June (printed text for 5 June, pp. 18-25), written 7 April 1835.

None of the drafts corresponds exactly to the 1835 text, and the dates of entries in the manuscript differ from those in the printed text (1 June becomes 3 June). There are at least four drafts of one passage (printed pp. 128-9), at fol. 19 (undated), fol. 99 (14 Dec. 1834), fol. 119 (11 Feb. 1835), and fol. 120 (above). The journal notes for 2-13 June were published by Boyd Alexander in H.W. Gotlieb, William Beckford...catalogue of an exhibition (Yale University Library, 1960), pp. 90-100 (with a reproduction of fol. 8 at p. 90), and in Recollections of an excursion (Fontwell, 1972), pp. xxxvi-xlix (with reproductions of fol. 1 and fol. 9 at pp.xxvii and xlvii). Two pencil drawings by Beckford, (fol. 24) the Franciscan convent at Cadafaiz, 18 Feb. 1835, and (fol. 25) the castle of Alfagirão [Alfeizerão], 23 May 1835, 'from a sketch taken june 11 1794', are reproduced in The travel-diaries of William Beckford, ed. Guy Chapman, ii (1928), pp. 346 and 343 respectively.


Fair copy (paper watermarked 1795) of Beckford's journal of a visit to Aranjuez, Spain, 1-2 Dec. 1795
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 8
Extent: ii + 18 pages

Scope and Content:

In the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford. In a wrapper inscribed by Beckford 'Preface/ Review/ Aranjuez/ Saleve/ &c'. Printed in Italy (1834), ii, pp. 365-81. The original journal is in MS. Beckford e. 2, pp. 13-24.

C   Literary papers

Note: (See also 'Journals and travels' (above) and MSS. Beckford c. 15, c. 18, c. 84, d. 1 and e. 1)

C.1   Literary papers, 1773-1780s

Shelfmarks: MS. Beckford c. 45-9, d. 9-12, e. 3


A volume entitled 'Orations', containing translations, 1773-4, and essays [c.1774], by Beckford
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford e. 3
Extent: 154 pages, 120-46 blank
Binding: vellum spine, marbled boards (lower board detached and lacking marbled cover)

Scope and Content:
  • (pp. 1-83) translations from classical texts, Jan. 1773-May 1774
  • (pp. 85-105) an essay 'Whether the conduct of Lord Bacon in pleading against the Earl of Essex be defensible?'
  • (pp. 109-19) 'The speech of William the Conqueror to his army on landing at Hastings'
  • (pp. 152-147 rev.) 'The state of innosense [sic]'

Signature 'William T. Beckford' (p. 1), faint pencilled inscription on pastedown 'at[?] the rev. Dr. [Samuel] Berdmore's [?]/ Charter House Square/ London[?]'.


An account, c.1774-5, of a Chinese expedition against the 'Confederates', of a capitation of the Chinese population, and of a Chinese embassy to Japan, perhaps translated from an (unidentified) French text
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 45
Extent: 17 leaves in a sewn section

Scope and Content:

With drawings, probably by Beckford

  • (fols. 1v, 2, 17v) pen-and-ink drawings of (imaginary?) Japanese coins and an imperial Japanese barge, and decorative head and tail-pieces
  • (fol. 10v) part of a map, in pencil

Fair copy of ['The long story'], in the hand of an amanuensis, with some alterations by Beckford, [1777?]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 46
Extent: i + 83 leaves
Binding: stiffened marked wrappers

Scope and Content:

Beg. 'I happened accidently to open my casement the moon shone bright', (see MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 1, above, where an epigraph for 'the long story' is written on a sheet dated 1777). The work was printed as The vision, ed. Guy Chapman (London & New York, 1930). The contemporary foliation omits '53', but there is no gap in the text.


A story entitled 'The dome of the setting sun', c.1777
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 9
Extent: 54 leaves; fols. 15-32, 33-54, two sewn sections

Scope and Content:

Contains a collection of 'the beautiful ideas scattered thro' the Greek and Latin classics on the subject of the setting sun' (fol. 47v), comprising

  • (fols. 1-14) fragmentary drafts
  • (fols. 15-32) a fair copy in Beckford's hand, with some alterations
  • (fols. 33, 47-54) a fair copy (showing some differences from the previous copy) in the hand of an amanuensis
  • (fols. 34-43) a fair copy, with alterations by Beckford, of a letter from him to Edward, Baron Thurlow, 22 May 1778, principally an account of Beckford's acquaintances in Geneva
  • (fols. 44v-6) a fair copy, with a few alterations by Beckford, of ['Hylas'], beg. 'The Pleiades rising with the sun began to diffuse' (another version is in MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 7-10)

Draft of an essay, beg. 'How can I describe the transport of pleasure', (entitled by Boyd Alexander 'Fonthill foreshadowed'), c.1777-8
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 10
Extent: 32 leaves

Scope and Content:

With many alterations, and (fols. 17-32) fair copy in the hand of an amanuensis, with alterations by Beckford.


Drafts and fragments by Beckford
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 47
Extent: 31 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 3-9) 'Satyr's range', dated (fol. 3) 'Fonthill Augt[?] 1779', title supplied by Beckford in a later hand on fol. 1
  • (fols. 11-14, 15-18) draft and fair copy of 'The fountains of Merlin', n.d.
  • (fols. 19-26) 'Παν', c.1780?
  • (fols. 27-8) one leaf, torn horizontally across the centre, containing drafts in French of passages for Vathek, 1782?, printed and discussed in André Parreaux, William Beckford (Paris, 1960), pp. 529-32, 551
  • (fols. 29-31) an Italian translation by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, of the first few pages of Vathek, entitled 'L'istoria del Calif Vathec', n.d.

Drafts, with many alterations, of 'L'Esplendente', before 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 11
Extent: iv + 138 pages
Note: Discussed by Parreaux, op. cit., appendix G, pp. 535-40.

Drafts and copies of the 'Histoire de Darianoc, jeune homme du pays de Gou-Gou' [1780s?]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 12
Extent: 93 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-9) fair copy of the first part of the story, in the hand of Mme de Starck (a letter enclosing this section is MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 103)
  • (fols. 11-34) 'Darianoc. Avent[ures] de Mefrac [Messac?] &c - la maison de fumée'
  • (fols. 35-59) 'Darianoc Avent[ure] des pigmées'
  • (fols. 61-75) 'Darianoc Voy[age] de Moka &c - La mer verdoyante &c'
  • (fols. 77-81) 'Hist[oire] du jeune homme du pays de Gou-Gou', draft of the text in fols. 1-9 above
  • (fols. 82-8) 'Darianoc. Aventures differentes &c'
  • (fols. 89-92) notes and fragments

The papers are arranged in the same order as given by Parreaux, op. cit., pp. 177-8, corresponding to his entries 1-4, and a-c. The story of Darianoc is discussed by Parreaux, pp. 177-97.


Drafts, fragments and notes of stories, in French and English, [1770s and 1780s]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 48
Extent: 85 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly with an Oriental or Arabic setting. Some of the drafts and fragments are continuations of 'The long story' (see Parreaux, op. cit., pp. 99-136). They include:

  • (fols. 3-10, 12-19) a rough draft, and fair copy with alterations, of 'Yao', discussed by Parreaux, p. 93, n. 310
  • (fols. 20-3) a draft entitled (fol. 1) 'Gabel al Comar', containing notes on 'Bostan afruz' and a fragment beg. 'Gemal al Camar the mountains of the moon' (or, 'I thought I was arrived in the happy Isles' - Parreaux, p. 109)
  • (fols. 24-6) fragments relating to Nouronihar
  • (fols. 27-8) a wrapper, watermarked 1842, formerly containing fols. 30-68
  • (fols. 30-68 passim) drafts and fragments relating to Nouronihar, Pourrous and Krisna, c.1779, including
    • (fols. 30-5) a draft beg. 'I was once familiar with happiness'
    • (fols. 35v-7, 37v-40) two drafts beg. 'The industry of man joined to a strength'
    • (fols. 53-7) a draft entitled 'For the Keladet, where N. remains six months'
  • (fols. 42v-3) drafts of passages relating to life at Fonthill, 23 Dec. 1779, with a few reading notes
  • (fols. 69-85) drafts added to the file by Boyd Alexander, including
    • (fols. 69-70) 'Hist[oire] de la peguane Runiah'
    • (fols. 78-80) an account, entitled 'Osorio', of Portuguese explorations in the 16th century
    • (fols. 81-5) a jeu d'esprit, beg. 'Procopius in the 5th book'
    with (fols. 72v, 81v) pen-and-ink sketches

A literal English translation by John Lettice of part of the French text of Vathek, entitled 'History of the Calif Vatek'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 49
Extent: i + 43 leaves
Binding: sewn, in paper wrappers

Scope and Content:

'Beg: Sepr. 15 at sea [1782]' (fol.iv), ending 'The eagles envy our nest', ('the eagles envy us our nest' in the English edition of 1786, p. 91). The front wrapper is inscribed by Lettice 'Vatek/ No. 1', followed by a note 'To the transcriber' about the spelling of 'Vatek' and 'Caratis'; discussed by Parreaux, op. cit., pp. 232-3

C.2   Drafts and fair copies of the Episodes of Vathek: the 'Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs' and the 'Histoire du Prince Alasi'

Shelfmarks: MS. Beckford d. 13-19

Note: First printed in The English Review, 4 (1909), pp. 163-84, and 6 (1910), pp. 137-47, 309-22, and all three episodes printed, in English and French, in William Beckford, The Episodes of Vathek (London, 1912).

An early version of Episodes I, here entitled 'Histoire des deux princes, amis dans le palais du feu souterrain', [1780s]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 13
Extent: iv + 88 pages
Binding: sewn with pink ribbon

Scope and Content:

Fair copy in the hand of an amanuensis (the same hand as in d. 18, and d. 23-6 passim), with a few alterations by Beckford.


Another version of Episodes I, 'Histoire du Prince Alasi et de la Princesse Firouzkah', [1780s]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 14
Extent: iv + 136 pages
Binding: sewn with pink ribbon

Scope and Content:

Fair copy in the hand of Mme de Starck, with many alterations by Beckford.


Notebook containing fair copies (with a few alterations) in Beckford's hand
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 15
Extent: ii + 84 leaves, 67-84 blank
Binding: purple half calf, marked boards

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (fols. ii-34) Episodes I, 'Histoire du prince Alasi et de la princesse Firouska', incorporating the alterations in d. 14
  • (fols. 36-66) Episodes III, 'Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs et du Prince Kalilah', incorporating the alterations in d. 18, annotated (fol. 36) 'r[ea]d to Mrs.G[ore] 25 july 1840'

Episodes II, 'Histoire du Prince Barkiarokh enfermé dans le Palais du Feu Souterrain. 1e Partie' and (d. 16/2) '2de Partie'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 16/1-2
Extent: ii + 86, ii + 95 pages
Binding: sewn sections

Scope and Content:

Fair copies in the hand of Denis Macquin, paper watermarked 1801 and 1803, the first part containing many alterations by Beckford, the second part containing a few, including

  • (d. 16/1, pp. 39a-b, 54b-c) two inserted leaves containing drafts by Beckford
  • (d. 16/2, pp. 39a-d) a wrapper watermarked 1840

Episodes II, 'Histoire du Prince Barkiarokh enfermé dans le palais du feu souterrain'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 17
Extent: iii + 353 pages, 161-end blank
Binding: half red calf, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

Fair copy of parts 1 and 2 by Beckford, in a notebook, paper watermarked 1836 and 1837, incorporating the alterations in d. 16, with

  • (p.i) a note 'read to Mrs Gore Sund. 25 April 1841'
  • (p.ii) 'Averti[s]sement pour l'edition de Vathek avec les episodes', Jan.1838, printed in The Episodes (1912)
  • (pp. 39a, 160) drafts of several passages
  • (p. 159) lines in Persian, transliteration of one verse in Roman script, and translations into English verse

Episodes III, 'Histoire de la princesse Zulkaïs et du Prince Kalilah'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 18
Extent: iv + 76 pages
Binding: sewn with pink ribbon

Scope and Content:

Fair copy (in the same hand as d. 13), with some alterations by Beckford, incorporated in d. 15.


Fragments of Episodes
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 19
Extent: 12 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-2) wrapper, watermark 1838
  • (fols. 3-6) early draft of 'Barkariok 2de partie', beginning on the last leaf of a letter from Elise de Bion (?), [early 1790s?]
  • (fol. 7) 'Notes pour l'Episode de Kalilah & Zulkais', with scribbles and pen-trials
  • (fols. 8-11) a draft headed 'Kalilah & Zulkaïs', 27 May and (fols. 10-11) 29 May 1838
  • (fol. 12) calculations of the length of 'The M.S. Tale' compared with the length of Recollections of an excursion (1835), and of the number of pages needed to make up a second printed volume (cf. the letter from Richard Bentley, MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 109), with drafts of phrases in French, and scribbles (this leaf found between pp. 38 and 39 of MS. Beckford d. 18)

C.3   Literary papers, 1790s-1839

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford d. 20-2


Two fair copies, each in the hand of a different amanuensis (fols. 18-23 in the same hand as MS. Beckford d. 13), of 'Al Raoui', [1790s?]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 20
Extent: 24 leaves
Binding: two sections sewn with pink ribbon

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-9) 'The story of Alraoüi: from the Arabic'
  • (fols. 11-17) 'Histoire d'Alraoüi'
  • (fols. 18-23) 'Suite de l'histoire d'Alraoui'. Printed, not from this manuscript, as (anon.) The story of Al Raoui, a tale from the Arabic [with a German translation, and English verses] (London, 1799); attributed to Beckford

Short literary pieces, c.1808-1835
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 21
Extent: 94 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-12) 'A day at Tojal including the Idyllium of Hylas'
    • (fols. 3-5) an account of a day at Tojal, 4 June 1793 'copied out 12 May 1835', composed probably as part of Recollections of an excursion (1835), but not included in the published version
    • (fols. 7-12) fair copy in the hand of an amanuensis of 'Hylas', with (fol. 7) directions to the printer 'print the whole Idyl in italics' (not known to have been printed), and (fol. 10) one alteration by Beckford
    Another version of 'Hylas' is in MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 44v-6
  • (fols. 13-28) a draft of 'Hist[oire] de Zinan et des 3 montagnes Al Comar, Al Dhebeb & Al Hiat', paper watermarked 1808, enclosed in two wrappers, the first (fol. 13) inscribed 'Les 3 Montagnes. Episode d'un conte non acchevé [sic]. Preface pr. l'edition de Vathek 1815', and the second (fol. 15) inscribed 'Les trois montagnes... rd to Mrs G[ore]-two sundays running 3 & 11 Apr. 1841'
  • (fols. 30-53) 'Etron-bec', a scatalogical account of the family of Etron-bec, including (fols. 30-3) notes and drafts, paper watermarked 1808 and 1811
  • (fols. 54-94) rough and fair copies of epitaphs, with many alterations by Beckford (some epitaphs perhaps composed by him), 1822-5, with
    • (fol. 56) a fair copy of the preface, 1822
    • (fols. 68-94) a copy in sheets of the printed version, Epitaphs; some of which have appeared in the Literary Gazette of March & April 1823 [n.p., 1825], in a wrapper watermarked 1835

Drafts for the 'Liber veritatis' (Beckford's title, fol. 5), c.1829-39
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 22
Extent: 99 leaves

Scope and Content:

A scurrilous account of the antecedents of certain noble families. The more finished drafts were edited by Guy Chapman in The vision [and] Liber veritatis (London & New York, 1930), pp. 89-138 (with a reproduction of fol. 28 at p. 142). The manuscript contains:

  • (fols. 1-4) a draft in French, c.1828, printed op. cit., pp. 143-5
  • (fols. 7-24) a fair copy of 'Female nobility', with a few alterations, paper watermarked 1828, wrapper watermarked 1832, with (fols. 25-8) drafts of various passages, 1834, 1839, n.d.
  • (fols. 29-54) 'Original sketches for female nobility &c', drafts, Mar.-Apr. 1829, Mar. 1832, n.d.
  • (fols. 55-99) six folders containing drafts, 1829-34
    • (fols. 55-69) 'Somerset', 1829-32
    • (fols. 70-2) 'The Grenvilles alias Greenfields...', 1829
    • (fols. 73-80) 'Beresfords...', 1829, with notes of readings, 1832 and 1840
    • (fols. 81-5) 'Lascelles...', 1829
    • (fols. 86-9) 'Ld. Radnor', 1829
    • (fols. 90-9) 'Ld. Abercorn...', 1829-34, with notes of readings, 1833-41

C.4   Miscellaneous literary papers, 1770s-1844

Shelfmarks: MS. Beckford c. 50


Miscellaneous literary pieces, in verse and prose, 1770s-1844
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 50
Extent: 99 leaves

Scope and Content:

Many contained in Beckford's wrappers, including

  • (fols. 1-2) wrapper inscribed 'Quizzical scraps...'
  • (fols. 3-12) 'The disgust or the fatal voyage a tragic drama', in verse, [1770s?] and 1810, with (fols. 11v, 12v) pen-and-ink drawings, probably by Beckford
  • (fols. 19-22) drafts of proposals for funeral games on the death of Beckford's dog, 1837
  • (fols. 26-31) drafts of an 'Extract from the Dripwell Guide', 1832 (another draft in MS. Beckford c. 20, fol. 102v)
  • (fols. 46-56) drafts of 'The temptation in the wilderness', verses, 1843
  • (fols. 58-62) drafts of 'Décret du vieux de la montagne', 1841
  • (fols. 64-6) drafts of 'Dialogue between Death & the old man of the mountain', 1842
  • (fols. 67-72) 'The song of the angelic choirs', 1841
  • (fols. 84-99) poems, mainly by Beckford, 1815-34, including (fols. 86-90) drafts of 'Sir Squasholine', and (fols. 93-4) a religious poem by Beckford, beg. 'How dark the path - how intricate the way' attached by Lady Hamilton to a press-cutting (fol. 94) criticising Beckford's views, with (fol. 93v) a note by her

D   Translations

D.1   English translations of the Arabian Nights from the Wortley Montagu Arabic manuscripts, now MSS. Bodl. Or. 550-6

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 51-4

Note: The Arabic manuscripts are described in detail in Alexander Nicoll and E.B. Pusey, Catalogi codicum manuscriptorum orientalium Bibliothecae Bodleianae pars secunda (Oxford, 1835), pp. 145-50. The literal translations into English, made for Beckford c.1780-2, are all in the same unidentified hand, from Wortley Montagu MSS. III, part of V, and VI-VII (MSS. Bodl. Or. 552, 554-6), and are in folded, sometimes sewn, sections. They are discussed by Fatma Moussa Mahmoud, 'A manuscript translation of the Arabian Nights in the Beckford papers', Journal of Arabic Literature, 7 (1976), pp. 7-23.

[The story of Hasan el-Basri]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 51
Extent: 284 pages in five sections

Scope and Content:

Beg. 'The Jarias of Aharon Hereshet in the bath', from Wortley Montagu MS. III (MS. Bodl. Or. 552).


The '3d vol: Arabian Tales of 1001 nights and fourth volume' (c. 52/1, p. 29)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford. c. 52/1-2
Extent: 40 pages, in one section, and (c. 52/2) 208 pages, 184-204 blank, in four sections

Scope and Content:

From Wortley Montagu MS. V (MS. Bodl. Or. 554), containing

  • (c. 52/1) the 'History of Aaron Ereshet'
  • (c. 52/2) the 'continuation of the story of Mengab', 'Vol: 4th'

The '5th vol: Arabn. Tales of 1001 nights' (p. 190)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 53
Extent: 187 pages in five sections

Scope and Content:

From Wortley Montagu MS. VI (MS. Bodl. Or. 555), beg. 'One day as he was viewing the City of Grand Cairo'.


The '6th vol: Arabian Tales of 1001 nights'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 54
Extent: ii + 206 pages in six sections

Scope and Content:

From Wortley Montagu MS. VII (MS. Bodl. Or. 556), beg. 'but we must conform ourselves to God['s] will'.

D.2    French translations or compositions based on the Arabian Nights

Shelfmarks: MS. Beckford d. 23-6

Binding: The manuscripts are in sections (made up of bifolia) sewn with pink ribbon (sometimes missing)
Note: Derived from Wortley Montagu MSS. IV and part of V (MSS. Bodl. Or. 553-4).

Scope and Content:

They are neatly written, mainly in the hand of Mme de Starck, partly (d. 23, pp.iii-xii, d. 25 passim, d. 26/2 and 4) in the same hand as MSS. Beckford d. 13 and d. 18, with some alterations in an unidentified hand and in Beckford's hand. Occasionally a word or phrase in Arabic is written above the line (e.g. MS. Beckford d. 25, p. 33). For Al Raoui, see above, MS. Beckford d. 20


Three stories
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 23
Extent: xxii + 206 pages

Scope and Content:
  • (pp.iii-xii) 'Histoire de Schahanazan, Roi de Tartarie ou l'année des epreuves, suite des Contes Arabes', separately entitled (p. i) 'Introduction de la suite des Contes Arabes'
  • (pp.xvii, 1-179) 'Histoire d'Elouard Felkanaman et et D'Ansel Hougioud'
  • (pp. 179-209) 'Histoire du Roi Filoui et d'Azora la Cachemerienne'
  • (pp.xix-xxi) a draft preface in French, added much later in Beckford's hand, saying that the stories were compiled 'de ma propre imagination'; most of the preface is printed in Guy Chapman and John Hodgkin, A bibliography of William Beckford (1930), p. 94.

'Histoire du Prince Ahmed fils du Roi de Khoten et d'Ali Ben Hassan de Bagdad', 1780
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 24
Extent: ii + 388 pages, in two sections

Scope and Content:

Written 'à Fonthill Se[ptembre, possibly altered to 'D'écembre], with (pp. 169-388) 'Continuation de l'histoire du Prince Ahmed'.


'Histoire de Mazin'
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 25
Extent: iv + 230 pages in two sections

Five stories
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 26
Extent: iv + 116, iv + 32, iv + 56, iv + 28, iv + 48 pages

Scope and Content:
  • (item 1) 'Histoire d'Aladdin Roi de l'Yemen'
  • (item 2) 'Histoire du Prince Mahmed'
  • (item 3) 'Histoire d'Abou Niah Roi de Moussel'
  • (item 4) 'Histoire de la Princesse Fatimah fille du Roi Ben Amer'
  • (item 5) 'Histoire de Kebal Roi de Damas contée par Mamalebé nourrice de la Princesse Hasaĩa à la chevelure blanche'

E    Reading notes

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 55-7


Scope and Content:

Extracts from books read by Beckford, with an occasional comment.


Reading notes
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 55
Extent: 223 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-9) early notes on the Middle East and Africa (pages originally numbered 1-11)
  • (fols. 10-35) translated extracts on China, c.1780 (pages originally numbered 14-19 and 1-36)
  • (fols. 36-50) miscellaneous leaves collected by Boyd Alexander, including (fols. 38, 39v) notes dated 1788, 1786, translations, and (fol. 41v) a pencil and pen-and-ink sketch of the 'Pagod at Ixora', by Beckford
  • (fols. 51-208) loose leaves containing reading notes, in pencil, apparently torn from their volumes, most of them headed with author's name and short title
  • (fols. 210-17) last reading notes, 1841, 1844, n.d., including (fol. 216) sarcastic verses addressed to Mrs Sigourney, beg. 'Gladly I hail the choice intelligence', 1844
  • (fols. 218-19) Beckford's preface to an intended selection of his reading notes, 1834, entitled (fol. 219v) 'Flowers of nonsense & fruits of conceit culled from a library in the West of England' (a draft is in MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 70)
  • (fols. 220-3) indexes to the works contained in MS. Beckford. c. 56, pp. 1-308

Transcripts of Beckford's reading notes made by Denis Macquin, 1815-20, giving author, title, date and place of publication, and size of each work.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 56
Extent: 358 pages in sewn sections
Note: Contemporary indexes to the works on pp. 1-308 are in MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 220-3. A card index compiled by Boyd Alexander is MSS. Eng. misc. f. 857-8.

Reading notes mainly in pencil, on fly leaves (and some half title leaves) apparently torn from their volumes, inserted in contemporary sewn sections of blank paper.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 57
Extent: 231 leaves
Note: The first section of blank paper, badly damaged by mould, has been destroyed (Sept. 1986); its contents are preserved as fols. 1-24.

F   Catalogues and inventories

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford b. 1-4, c. 58-60, d. 27, f. 2


Catalogue of printed books and a few manuscripts belonging to Beckford, compiled by an amanuensis, c.1786, with many additions to 1803 in Beckford's hand
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 1
Extent: vi + 120 leaves
Binding: Early 19th-cent. half red calf, marbled boards

Scope and Content:

The catalogue is arranged in fourteen subject divisions, including 'Books of prints', and by size within each division. It gives author, title, place and date of publication, binding and sometimes details of provenance and price. There are a number of marginal notes, e.g. 'manque', 'C', 'F', and a cross to indicate that the work was at Paris in 1797 (see note affixed to front pastedown), with (front pastedown) a pencil sketch of a 'Gothic' monument.


'Catalogue of the library at Lansdown Tower. 1831', in Beckford's hand
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford f. 2
Extent: i + 67 leaves, 35-67 blank
Binding: calf

Scope and Content:

Incomplete, arranged by room, bookcase and shelf, giving author, title, size and (usually) binding, and place and date of publication, with (front pastedown) pencil architectural sketch, and (fol. 29) a leaf, torn out after fol. 20 and inserted here, containing pen-and-ink sketches of buildings and landscapes.


Inventory of Beckford's property at 19 and 20 Lansdown Crescent, Lansdown Tower and Lansdown Farm, 1844
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 58
Extent: ii + 134 pages
Binding: Sewn sections in paper wrappers

Scope and Content:

Compiled by Edward English & Son, Bath, and Robert Hume, with some annotations, such as 'sent to London', 'sale', 'taken by Duchess'

  • (pp. 1-16a) 'Plate and paintings'
  • (pp. 17a-40a) 'Drawings, paintings, china, agates rings jewels and coins'
  • (pp. 41a-64a) 'Jewels, agates & furniture'
  • (pp. 65a-78a) furniture, including kitchen and garden furniture and (pp. 72-7) 'Etruscan vases, rare Japan, china, and miscellaneous bijouterie - at the Tower'
  • (pp. 79a-101) 'Drawings, engravings &c.'
  • (pp. 103a-106) wines

Inventory of Beckford's books, volumes of prints and drawings, and manuscripts at 19 and 20 Lansdown Crescent and Lansdown Tower, 1844
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 2
Extent: iv + 458 pages, interleaved with unnumbered blank leaves
Binding: Sewn sections in wrappers

Scope and Content:

Compiled by English & Son and Robert Hume, containing about 12,000 works, arranged by size, and room by room within each size, giving author, title, place and date of publication and number of volumes (bindings not described), with (passim) 'Notes' written in the margin, to indicate that a work contained Beckford's reading notes. The manuscript includes

  • (pp. 366-7) a list of 'Books sent to London'
  • (pp. 369-72) books in Lansdown Tower 'with Mr.Beckford's MS. notes'
  • (pp. 375a-380) illuminated and other manuscripts, many of the entries annotated with Hamilton Palace sale dates and lot numbers (1882-9)
  • (p. 381) a note of the total valuation - £26,614; items in the inventory are not valued individually. The entry (p. 261) for Beckford's copy of his Recollections of an excursion (1835) is annotated 'taken by Duchess'.

Accounts of White & Son, solicitors, 1844-8
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 59
Extent: 4, 12, 20, 8, 8, 4, 30, 32 pages

Scope and Content:

Accounts with

  • (items 1-4) Lady Hamilton and R.S.White as executors of Beckford's will
  • (item 5) Lady Hamilton, relating to the attempted sale of 20 Lansdown Crescent, 1848
  • (items 6-8) Lady Hamilton, mainly relating to the management of her property in Bath, 1844-8

Three printed auction catalogues of furniture and furnishings belonging to Beckford
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 27
Extent: 38 leaves, 9, 12 pages

Scope and Content:
  • (item 1) Phillips, 19 August [1801], about 430 lots, furniture, objets d'art and paintings [from Fonthill Splendens], interleaved, with some manuscript notes, not in Beckford's hand, of the rooms in which certain items had formerly been kept, and of prices of most of the lots, with (inside back wrapper) rough architectural sketch in pencil
  • (item 2) English & Fasana, Bath, 4 Jan. 1841, 58 lots, paintings and furniture from Lansdown Tower
  • (item 3) English & Son, 3 Nov. 1843, about 227 lots, furniture from 18 Lansdown Crescent, with a few lots added in manuscript, and prices of most of the lots

Eight inventories of china and glass, 1833-48, and (items 4-8) five inventories of linen, 1842-52, in the care of housekeepers at Hamilton Palace
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 3
Extent: 56, 49 (7-49 blank), 16, 14, 26, 28, 28, 20 leaves
Binding: Mainly in sewn sections, items 2-8 in marbled wrappers

Scope and Content:

With

  • (item 1, fols. 1-6, 7-12) two copies of an inventory and valuation of the pictures at Hamilton Palace, 1853
  • (item 1, fol. 55) one leaf of estate accounts, 1857

Two copies of an inventory of the contents of [Hamilton Palace], c.1851
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 4
Extent: 179 leaves
Binding: Mainly in sewn sections

Scope and Content:

The second copy (fols. 96-179) is compiled in a different order from the first. Mainly furniture and paintings, including (fols. 12 ff.) 'The rooms No. 1, 2, 3 and closets destroyed to make space for building the new Library'.


'Draft deed of entail of the Marbles, bronzes, objects of virtu, buhl, pictures, ornamented china, and library in Hamilton Palace and relative inventories', 1855, compiled by Henry Inglis, W.S.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 60
Extent: iii + 73 leaves
Binding: Stiffened calf wrappers

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 47-58) printed books
  • (fols. 59-71) 'Ancient manuscripts and early printed books'

Gives detailed descriptions of the objets d'art, but only lists of the books and manuscripts.

G   Music composed or collected by Beckford

G.1   Scores, sketches and compositions, 1781-1803

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford b.5, c. 61-2

Note: Information for all the music manuscripts supplied by Mr Peter Ward Jones.

The score of [Arcadian Pastoral], 1782
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 61
Extent: 90 leaves, loosely sewn

Scope and Content:

Partly in Beckford's hand, partly in the hand of an amanuensis, words by Elizabeth Lady Craven, music by Beckford and (fols. 39-45) by Lady Craven - a trio, 'Fair Aurora goddess bright' (in Beckford's hand), containing sixteen musical numbers in five acts, some dated, 6 Feb.-27 March 1782. No.8 is missing, possibly excluded before the score reached its final form. There is another copy (fols. 87-90) of the end of the overture, in the hand of an amanuensis, on four leaves not forming part of the main manuscript. The pastoral was performed in London on 13 April 1782. See Beckford's own account (written much later) 'Ly Craven's pastoral', in MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 28-38, and Boyd Alexander, England's wealthiest son (1962), pp. 15 and 268, n.13.


The printed score of Ouverture du ballet de Phaeton 'composée par Monsieur de Beckfort, amateur pour l'Académie Royale de Musique. Gravée par Mle. Crahy' [Paris?, n.d.]
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 5
Extent: 11 leaves

Scope and Content:

Probably printed during one of Beckford's visits to Paris in 1784 and 1788-91.


Miscellaneous short compositions by Beckford, and sketches mainly in his hand, many of them dated, 1781-1803
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 62/1
Extent: 75 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-2v) 'Marche' in F major for 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons (a single line, but marked 'fagotti'), in the hand of an amanuensis, dated 'Fev. 1781'
  • (fols. 3-5) 'To the ocean now I fly', song for soprano/tenor, chorus and instruments (words by John Milton)
  • (fol. 5v rev.) 'Notturno', duet, beg. 'Ah che da me lontana', and (fol. 6 rev.) sketch for the 'notturno'
  • (fol. 6vrev.'Andante' in F major, keyboard sketch, 22 March 1781
  • (fols. 7-8v, 9-10v) two copies, the second not in Beckford's hand, of 'Care luce amati rai', aria for soprano and strings, April 1783
  • (fol. 11) 'Coplas al SSo —', song beg. 'Al rayo duna flexa', sketch, '14 del juglio 1788'
  • (fols. 12-13) 'Cinto il crin di Faustia', aria for soprano and instruments (2 violins and cello?), not in Beckford's hand (for a sketch of this aria, see MS. Beckford c. 62/2, fols. 1-2)
  • (fols. 14-34) a set of eleven 'Stroffe' for voice and piano, July 1789, lacking no.8, (fols. 14-15) 'Stroffa prima', beg. 'Grazie agli inganni tuoi', 1 July, (fols. 16-17) 'Stroffa seconda', beg. 'Mancó l'antico ardore', 2 July, (fols. 18-19) 'Terza stroffa', beg. 'Sogno ma fé non miro', 3 July, (fols. 20-1) 'Quarta stroffa', beg. 'Di tua beltá', 7 July, (fols. 22-3) '5a stroffa', beg. 'Volgimi il guardo altera', 3 July, (fols. 24-5) 'Sesta stroffa', beg. 'Quel ch'or m'alletta ó spiace', (fols. 26-7v) '7 stroffa', beg. 'Odi sio son sincero', 9 July, (fols. 28-9) 'Stroffa nona', beg. 'Nel visco in cui s'avenne', 11 July, (fols. 30-1) 'Stroffa decima', beg. 'Io' che non credi estinto', 9 July, (fols. 32-3) 'Stroffa undecima', beg. 'Doppo il cruel [sic] cimento', and (fol. 34r & v) sketches for stroffe 10 and 11, no.11 dated 13 July
  • (fols. 35-6) 'Cavatina', beg. 'Digli ch'io son fedele', Sept. 1800
  • (fols. 37-41) 'Thou art worthy to take the book', anthem, organ part only, including solo vocal lines but not chorus lines, August 1800
  • (fol. 42r & v) adagio in F major for 4 clarinets, 2 horns and 2 bassoons, not in Beckford's hand, dated 'à Fonthil [sic] 1mr juliet [sic] 1793'
  • (fol. 44) unfinished keyboard piece in F minor, 6 Sept. 1806
  • (fol. 46) piano piece in D major, 27 bars
  • (fol. 46v) piano piece in D major, 10 bars, in Beckford's hand, but ascribed by him to 'WC' (William Courtenay?)
  • (fols. 47-52) 'Aria del Sigr. Guglielmo di Beckford alla Sigra. Augusta Wynne', beg. 'Ah del crudel momento', for soprano and strings
  • (fols. 53-6) part of a chorus in Italian, for S.A.T.B. and orchestra, lacking the opening
  • (fol. 58) a very inaccurate attempt to write down from memory, in F major, the 'Harmonious Blacksmith' theme from the harpsichord Suite no. 5 in E major by Handel (torn from a larger sheet)
  • (fols. 59-60) 'O Astra, O Coelum', Latin elegy for voice and keyboard, 27 Sept. 1800
  • (fols. 61-6) a different setting of 'O Astra, O Coelum', for voice and keyboard, Oct. 1800, with, added to the title page (fol. 62) a keyboard sketch of 'Ego dormo cor meum vigilate', dated 'Paris, 7th May 1803', with brown paper wrappers
  • (fols. 67-72) a revised version of the previous setting, scored for S.A.B., 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings, dated 'Fonthill, 1801'
  • (fol. 75) a fair copy of the keyboard sketch 'Ego dormo' almost identical to that in fols. 61-6 above, paper watermarked 1799
  • (fols. 36v, 45v, 57, 60v, 65v) miscellaneous sketches, the last dated 'Paris, 12 Decr. 1801'

Miscellaneous sketches, 1788-91
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 62/2
Extent: 5 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (fols. 1-2) piano and vocal pieces, four of them dated between 7 August 1788 and 25 Oct. 1790, three marked 'Paris', including sketches for 'Cinto il crin di Faustia', Paris, 7 August 1788 (completed version, MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fols. 12-13)
  • (fol. 3) keyboard sketch for a piece in C major involving oboe, Jan. 1789, with a fragment of another sketch
  • (fols. 4-5) miscellaneous sketches, Paris, 7 April 1791

G.2   Music owned by Beckford, late 18th cent.

Shelfmarks: MS. Beckford f. 3-5

Note: Formerly enclosed in Beckford's annotated wrapper (MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 81).

Songs
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford f. 3
Extent: 18 leaves, sewn

Scope and Content:

'Modinhas Brazileiras feitas por varios auctores', eight duets and (fols. 11v-13) one solo, for sopranos, with bass line accompaniment, to Spanish and Portuguese texts

  • (fols. 1v-2) 'Sinha que vem da bahai'
  • (fols. 3-4) 'Eu ponho a minha Loja'
  • (fols. 4v-5) 'O manto azulado a Noute estendia'
  • (fols. 6-7) 'Eu me ponho arretratar'
  • (fols. 7v-9) 'Amor não me deixe'
  • (fols. 9v-11) 'Amor não sabe'
  • (fols. 11v-13) 'La luz del entendimiento', entitled 'Tirana'
  • (fols. 13v-15) 'Una sombra me asombra'
  • (fols. 15v-17) 'Corilia minha Corilia'

An aria, 'Poveri affetti miei. Aria del Sigr. Antonio Sacchini', late 18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford f. 4
Extent: 12 leaves, sewn

Scope and Content:

For soprano, 2 horns and strings, with Beckford's pencil note (fol. 1) 'Copied f[ro]m the original score of Antonio Sacchini by Ly. Clarges'.


An aria, 'Prigioniera abbandonata. Del Sigr. Pasquale Anfossi', from his Adriano in Siria (1777), c.1780
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford f. 5
Extent: 5 leaves, sewn

Scope and Content:

For soprano, 2 oboes, 2 horns and strings. Beckford has noted on the wrapper (MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 81) that the aria was 'given me by the famous Gabrielli at Venice, July 1780'.

H   Newspaper cuttings, 1780-1847

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford b. 6-7, c. 63-83


Scope and Content:

The cuttings, dated between 1780 and 1847, were for the most part collected by Beckford, and folded into packets inside wrappers. A list of the contents by Beckford on the front of each wrapper gives the subject of each cutting (sometimes within a pen-and-ink frame or border), the name and date of the newspaper, and occasionally a comment. Many of the cuttings were made in 1839-44; many of the earlier ones were evidently arranged, or re-arranged, years after their dates - for example, a cutting of 1819 is enclosed in wrappers watermarked 1838 (MS. Beckford c. 69, fol. 1). A few of the earlier wrappers have subject headings by Beckford 'Fonthill Abbey', or 'Miscellaneous'. Some of the principal subjects covered are: theatre and opera; books - mainly travel, biography and novels; royalty - especially the travels of Queen Victoria in 1842-3; obituaries - especially of aristocrats and collectors; Napoleon; Portugal; Spain; some politics; examples of intolerance; oddities; dukes and duchesses; and some crime. There are a few small sketches by Beckford on some wrappers, including (c. 63, fol. 121) a pen-and-ink caricature, possibly of the Duke of Sussex, and pen-and-ink sketches of (c. 83, fol. 109) an 'antediluvian caterpillar 27 yards long', and (c. 67, fol. 139, c. 82, fol. 39, c. 83, fol. 13) small landscapes. A few letters and papers found amongst the cuttings have been removed and placed with other manuscripts; drawings by Beckford on scraps of newspapers, and printed items found here are now MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 118-41, 152-97.

Arrangement: The packets have been kept together as they were found, although this arrangement may possibly have been made after Beckford's death. The numbers in brackets after each entry are the box and packet numbers (12/1, 13/5 etc.) assigned or copied by Boyd Alexander in the 1950s. Within each packet the wrappers have now been arranged in chronological order by the earliest date on each wrapper; within the wrappers the cuttings have been arranged in the order of Beckford's list of contents (or chronologically, when there is no wrapper). There does not appear to be any significance in the arrangement within the packets or wrappers.

Cuttings, 1822-43, mainly 1842-3 (12/1)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 63
Extent: 147 leaves

Cuttings, 1840-3 (12/2)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 64
Extent: 133 leaves

Cuttings, 1838-43 (12/3)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 65
Extent: 73 leaves

Cuttings, 1842-4 (12/4), and (fols. 48-149) 1800-42, n.d. (12/5)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 66
Extent: 149 leaves

Scope and Content:

Without wrappers, mainly collected by Susan Lady Hamilton, fol. 48 inscribed '4 drawers in the book cabinet on the left hand side of the fire place front room... Decr. 14, 1836 RH [?]' [Robert Hume?], with a sketch showing the arrangement of the drawers.


Cuttings, 1821-44 (12/6)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 67
Extent: 231 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 151-88) some without wrappers
  • (fols. 189-98) 1822-47 (12/7), some collected by Lady Hamilton
  • (fols. 199-231) 1825-39 (12/8)

Reviews of Beckford's works have been transferred from 12/7 to MS. Beckford b. 6, fols. 169-75.


Cuttings, 1822-44, n.d. (12/9)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 68
Extent: 138 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly 1839-43, without wrappers; cuttings of 1842 transferred to MS. Beckford b. 7.


Cuttings, 1819-41 (13/1)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 69
Extent: 190 leaves

Cuttings, 1827-43 (13/2)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 70
Extent: 82 leaves

Cuttings, 1824-43 (13/3) and (fols. 90-101) 1833-4 (13/4)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 71
Extent: 101 leaves

Cuttings, 1828-42 (13/5) and (fols. 44-62) 1839-43 (13/6)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 72
Extent: 62 leaves

Cuttings, 1821-44, n.d. (13/7)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 73
Extent: 247 leaves

Scope and Content:

One wrapper for the whole bundle, inscribed (fol. 1bv) 'Festivities absurdities &c' by Beckford, and (fol. 1a) 'Newspaper scraps. Examined SEHB & C [Lady Hamilton]: May 23d 1844'.


Cuttings, 1820-43, n.d. (13/8)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 74
Extent: 274 leaves

Scope and Content:

One wrapper for the whole bundle, inscribed 'Newspaper Scraps SEHB & C'.


Cuttings, 1821-7 (14/1), and (fols. 116-69) 1816-43, n.d. (14/2)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 75
Extent: 169 leaves

Scope and Content:

The first wrapper (fol. 1), containing cuttings of 1821, inscribed 'Exd. 8th Jany. 1832' by Beckford.


Cuttings, 1825-43 (14/3)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 76
Extent: 76 leaves

Cuttings, 1825-42 (14/4)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 77
Extent: 142 leaves

Cuttings, 1842-3 (14/5), and (fols. 40-81) 1828-42 (14/6)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 78
Extent: 81 leaves

Cuttings, 1825-44 (14/7) and (fols. 15-42) 1840-1 (14/8)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 79
Extent: 61 leaves

Scope and Content:

Both packets without wrappers, with

  • (fol. 14) one cutting made by Lady Hamilton, 1847
  • (fols. 43-61) cuttings pasted onto sheets, relating to Moore's Life of Byron, 1830 (15/1)

Cuttings relating to Fonthill Abbey, 1822-32
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 6
Extent: 181 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly 1822-3, many of them sorted and put into extensively annotated wrappers in 1838, with

  • (fols. 151-8) reviews of Beckford's works, some (possibly all) by Cyrus Redding, 1835
  • (fols. 159-75) reviews of Beckford's works, transferred from MS. Beckford c. 67
  • (fols. 176-87) miscellaneous cuttings, 1821-41 (15/2), without wrapper

Cuttings, 1780, 1816-40 (15/3)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 80
Extent: 113 leaves

Scope and Content:

The first three wrappers inscribed by Beckford 'Exd. 7th [and '8th'] jany.1832'.


Cuttings, 1834-43 (15/4)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 81
Extent: 125 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly relating to the Strawberry Hill sale, 1842, including six packets of Strawberry Hill cuttings removed from MS. Beckford c. 82 (15/5).


Cuttings, 1842 (15/5) and (fols. 43-150) 1823-43 (15/6)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 82
Extent: 150 leaves

Cuttings, 1844 (15/7) and (fols. 29-108) 1809 (wrapper inscribed by Beckford 'Exd 3 Feb.1823'), 1822-41 (15/8)
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 83
Extent: 192 leaves

Scope and Content:

With

  • (fols. 109-12) three cuttings and wrapper, 1841, from an unidentified bundle
  • (fols. 113-25) three packets of cuttings, 1829, 1842, found among Boyd Alexander's papers
  • (fols. 126-91) cuttings, 1823-42, without wrappers
  • (fol. 192) a cutting removed from Beckford's copy of Samuel Rogers, Italy (London, 1823), [pr.bk] Arch. H e. 54

Large cuttings arranged in packet order (removed from the main series), 1818-44
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 7
Extent: 129 leaves

Scope and Content:

Mainly 1842-3, several with Beckford's wrappers, or with notes written on the cuttings by him, including

  • (fols. 50-2) reviews of Beckford's Italy, 1834
  • (fols. 87-8) obituaries of Beckford, 1844, one (fol. 88) endorsed by Lady Hamilton 'Accoun[t] of my belov[ed] Father's Funeral which took plac[e] on Saturd[ay] May 18th 1844'
  • (fols. 89-128) several complete newspapers, 1836-45 (15/9), including (fols. 90-7) The Morning Post, 5 Dec. 1837, and the Gazette des Tribunaux, 2 Nov. 1837, both containing articles about the 'D[uke] of H[amilton] & Quack Doctors', with The Satirist, 17 April 1836, and The Spectator, 14 Jan. 1837

I   Miscellaneous papers, 17th-19th cent.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford a. 1-4, b. 8, c. 84-7, d. 28, e. 4-5, g. 1-2


Miscellaneous papers, 1686-1853
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 84
Extent: 207 leaves
Note: Some of the contents were dispersed by Boyd Alexander elsewhere in the collection, or are missing.

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 10-80b) letters, and literary scraps in prose and verse, 1770-1837, in Beckford's wrappers, including
    • (fols. 5-6) a testimonial to Beckford's good behaviour towards his wife, signed and sealed by magistrates and other citizens of Vevey, Switzerland, 1786
    • (fol. 7) a report in French on Beckford's background and character, late 18th cent.
    • (fol. 13) a mock petition signed by many members of the Pitt family to Beckford's mother, 1772
    • (fol. 36) journal entries, 2-3 Oct. 1786, Marseilles (the entry for 6 Oct. is in MS. Beckford c. 43, fol. 13)
    • (fol. 48v) verses perhaps by Beckford, beg. 'Tho' I set to the bacon & danced with the spoon', and 'Not all the glories of the purple morn'
    • (fols. 55-61) lists of books
    • (fols. 63-7) cuttings from the Sunday Times, 1823, attacking Beckford, and drafts of a note by Beckford beg. 'As I do not recollect treading upon this rattle snake', 1839
    • (fols. 68-9) a mock review by Beckford of his Italy, 1834
    • (fol. 70) draft introduction to 'Flowers of nonsense' (see MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 218-19)
    • (fols. 80av-80b) draft on pages numbered 3-4 of a part of Dreams (1783), pp. 2-3, beg. 'an old haunt of mine'
  • (fols. 91-6) 'Particulars relative to Japan by M. Titsingh late ambassador to the Emperors of China & Japan', 1800, in an unidentified hand
  • (fols. 105-51) drawings and sketches, including some by Sir John Soane, James Wyatt and (fols. 118-50 passim) Beckford, mainly architectural, some on scraps of newspaper, 1821-43, with (fols. 134-41) 'Plans & sketches [by Beckford] for Milford Villa June 1843'
  • (fols. 152-97) miscellaneous printed items, 1804-43, n.d., many of them removed from Beckford's packets of newspaper cuttings
  • (fols. 198-203) a printed catalogue, Ancient Chinese Bronzes (G. Smeeton, printer, 17 St Martin's Lane, n.d.), containing an introductory note and descriptions of sixty items

Miscellaneous large items, 18th-19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford b. 8
Extent: 38 leaves

Scope and Content:

Includes

  • (fols. 1-2) water-colour drawing 'design for the state bed' at Fonthill, 1788, and section of chamber and recess, by Sir John Soane
  • (fol. 6) anonymous water-colour drawings of 'agate & onix cups - in the highest Parisian gusto' (Beckford's wrapper, fols. 3-5)
  • (fol. 7) a description by Robert Baldock of a Cellini vase, early 19th cent.
  • (fols. 8-9) a deed of sale of land in Jamaica, signed and sealed by Peter Beckford, 1702
  • (fols. 10-18) a letter, pedigree and drawings of coats of arms by Sir Isaac Heard, 1797, n.d.
  • (fols. 19-20) a memorandum of agreement for the sale of Fonthill, 1822
  • (fols. 21-2) a letter from Thomas, Lord Cochrane, 1817, enclosing (fols. 23-35) his Case submitted to the consideration of the Navy and the public...[about] the pretensions of Lord Gambier (London, 1817)

'Design for the gallery at Fonthill', a water-colour drawing by Sir John Soane, n.d.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford a. 1
Extent: 32 × 40 cm.

A plan by Henry Goodridge of part of Beckford's land behind Lansdown Crescent 'for division... into garden allotments for sale', 1845
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford a. 2
Extent: 37 × 49.5 cm.

An architect's drawing of Beckford's tomb, with a memorial chapel and colonnade, mid-19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford a. 3
Extent: 49 × 65 cm.

Draft of 'Memoirs of William Beckford Esqr.', in two volumes, by Cyrus Redding, 1846
Shelfmark: MSS. Beckford c. 85-6
Extent: ii + 172; iii + 177 leaves

Scope and Content:

Some pages in the hand of an amanuensis, with (c. 85, fol. i, c. 86, fol. i) two slips addressed to the publisher Henry Colburn. A different version of the memoir was published anonymously, as Memoirs of William Beckford of Fonthill, 2 vols. (C.J. Skeet, 1859). The manuscript includes

  • (c. 85, fols. 89-91, 133-9) copies of verses by Beckford
  • (c. 85, fols. 164-75) the printed German text of Al Raoui, extracted from the published version (1799), to show 'the proficiency made by Mr Beckford in that language'
  • (c. 86, fol. 74v) a note by Lady Hamilton 'the whole of this story an invention'
  • (c. 86, fol. 158) an addendum dated Feb. 1847

Two letters to and from Redding and Beckford formerly enclosed with this manuscript are now MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 106-8


'Journal & dates of my life' of Lady Anne Hamilton (inscription on upper cover), 1788-1835
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford e. 4
Extent: 62 leaves, 31-56 blank
Binding: half red calf, papered boards

Scope and Content:

Contains miscellaneous notes and

  • (fols. 4-10) diary entries and a detailed account, with sketches, of Fonthill Abbey and grounds, and Fonthill House, 1803
  • (fols. 11v-23, 29-30) detailed diary entries, mainly of visits to country houses, 1803-4, n.d
  • (fols. 23-8) sketches of furnishings and furniture, possibly at Fonthill Abbey
  • (fols. 57-62) brief notes, mainly a record of travels, 1788-1835

Notebook containing memoranda and recipes, probably of a female member of the Hamilton family, 1799-1802
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford g. 1
Extent: 18 leaves
Binding: Paper wrappers

Translations into Italian, probably by Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton, late 18th/early 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 87
Extent: 74 leaves in three sewn sections

Scope and Content:

Translations of

  • (fols. 1-24, 25-9) parts of J.J. Rousseau, Contrat social, bk. I, cap. 1 - bk. II, cap. 5, and bk. IV, middle of cap. 14 to middle of cap. 18
  • (fols. 35-74) part of a picaresque novel concerning a journey to St Petersburg, possibly translated from an (unidentified) French work, middle of cap. 11 to beginning of cap. 18
Note: Information supplied by Dr A.C. de la Mare

A volume containing 'Compendium stemmatis ... Susannae-Euphemiae Beckford ex Hamilton Gordon Stewart familiabus', early 19th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford a. 4
Extent: iv + 28 leaves
Binding: Blind-tooled black morocco, pink silk endpapers (watermark 1814), kept in a blind-tooled calf case with flap

Scope and Content:

On parchment, with emblazoned coats of arms, and (fols. ii-iii, loosely inserted) pedigree showing the descendants of Peter Beckford (1643-1710) with emblazoned coats of arms, on paper, c.1803

Flyleaf (fol. iv) inscribed 'W[?] 83'.


Fair copy of Henry Savile de Starck, 'Memoirs of the life and character of the late Madame de Starck...', probably in the author's hand, with some alterations, together with an account of the writings Anne Marie La Cepedes de Fauques (de Vaucluse), paper watermarked various dates, 1800-14
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 28
Extent: 102 leaves
Binding: In six sections (five sewn)

Scope and Content:

The memoirs break off in mid-sentence on fol. 60v, and are followed by (fols. 61-100) a copy of Mme de Starck's journal of a visit to Potsdam, Sept. 1797, mainly a detailed description of the palace and art gallery, including (fols. 74-84, 85-92) two slightly differing versions of part of the journal. A loosely-inserted letter from Sir William Jones to Mme de Starck, 1791, has been transferred from fol. 53 (where it is transcribed) to MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 112


[Münacat-i Kur'an], a Turkish devotional book containing extracts from the Koran and an introduction in Turkish, 17th or 18th cent.
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford g. 2
Extent: 29 leaves
Binding: Stiffened reddish calf wrappers

Scope and Content:

Inscribed in an 18th-cent. hand on the front pastedown 'Menadjat[?] Couraan ou manuel et prieres Mahometannes' and (fol. 1) 'quelques chapitres de l'alcorane [—?]'

Note: Information supplied by Mr Colin Wakefield, Dept. of Oriental Books

'Anecdotas sobre a genealogia do glorioso S. Antonio...extraidas de varios documentos antigos, e autenticos', 1794
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford e. 5
Extent: ii + 26 leaves;
Binding: Blue silk binding, pale-blue silk endpapers and bookmark with tassel and metal thread, blue silk cord and tassels

Scope and Content:

Given to Beckford by the author, Gelasio de Conceição (letter in MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 95), with pen-work flourishes on some capitals, and a border of flowers in red and black on the title page

J   Deeds and papers relating mainly to property owned or leased by Beckford, 1798-1841

Shelfmarks: MSS. Beckford c. 88-9, d. 29


An abstract by Isaac Heard of deeds at Fonthill relating to Witham Priory, Somerset, and the manor of Fonthill, Wiltshire, 13th-17th cent., 1798
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 88
Extent: 10 leaves
Binding: Brown paper wrappers

Scope and Content:

With (fol. 8v) extracts from Fonthill parish register, 17th-18th cent.


Draft deeds for the marriage settlement of Susan Beckford, 1809-35
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford c. 89
Extent: 21, 35, 8, 3 leaves

Scope and Content:
  • (item 1) settlement of a rent charge upon Alexander Hamilton, Marquess of Douglas, 1809
  • (item 2) settlement of a jointure on Susan Beckford, 1810
  • (item 3) lease of property in Lansdown Place, 1831
  • (item 4) agreement to lease 19 Lansdown Crescent, 1835

Deeds relating to leases, 1823-41
Shelfmark: MS. Beckford d. 29
Extent: 7 items

Scope and Content:

Leases of

  • (items 1-5) Charlcombe Field farm, Somerset, 1823-41, two with valuations attached, 1823, 1830
  • (item 6) land in Lansdown, parish of Walton, Somerset, with plan, 1825
  • (item 7) 18 Lansdown Crescent, 1836. Related agreements are in MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 87-8, 101-4

K   Books from Beckford's library in the Bodleian

Note: The following works in the Bodleian have been identified as coming from Beckford's library. In the list, HP = Hamilton Palace sales - Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, 30 June-13 July 1882 (Part I); 11-23 Dec. 1882 (Part II); 2-14 July 1883 (Part III); 27-30 Nov. 1883 (Part IV).

Alexander the Great, L'histoire du noble & tres-vaillant Roy Alexandre le grand (Paris, par Nicolas Bonsons, n.d.)


Shelfmark: Mason JJ.29
Binding: Blue morocco, 19th cent.
Custodial History:

Booklabel of E.V. Utterson; inscribed [by Utterson?] 'From the Fonthill Collection but since rebound'.



Francesco Angeloni, Historia di Terni (Rome, 1646)


Shelfmark: 1. Δ 806
Binding: Red morocco, gilt
Custodial History:

Inscribed 'Purchased at Fonthill Abbey, Octr. 1823. P. Hurd'.



[William Beckford] J.A.M. Jenks [pseud., i.e. William Beckford], Azemia, a novel, 2 vols. (2nd ed., London, 1798)


Shelfmark: 12 Θ 1172-3
Binding: Calf, gilt, attributed to Kalthoeber

Scope and Content:

Contains an 'address', pp. [i]-ii, and an extra story 'Edward and Ellen' vol. 1, pp. iii-xxxix, inserted before the dedication. MS. corrections, vol. 1, pp. 31, 249.

Custodial History:

'C.P./W.C.' on flyleaf of each volume. Beckford no. W. 4227; HP II, 1138; Bain [bookseller], 14/-; bequeathed by John Hodgkin, 1930.



Morris Birkbeck, Notes on a journey through France...in...1814 (London, 1814)

, with

Appendix to notes... (London, 1815)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 13
Binding: Half red calf, gilt

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 88, 103.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 2342; HP I, lot 929.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

George Gordon Noel Byron, Baron Byron, Sardanapalus, a tragedy. The two Foscari, a tragedy. Cain, a mystery. (London, 1821)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 21
Binding: Half calf

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 111, 327-9, 337 (two pages composed by Beckford?).

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 5914; HP I, lot 1456; Sotheby's, 28 March 1895 (John Gennadius sale), lot 569; bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 49.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Edward Cooper, The crisis; or, an attempt to show from prophecy,...the prospects and the duties of the Church of Christ, 2nd ed. (London, 1825)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 180
Binding: Calf, gilt-ruled

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford.

Custodial History:

Not investigated.


Acquisition: Bought, 2001.

Conrad Gesner, Historia plantarum et vires ex Dioscoride (Paris, 1541)


Shelfmark: Bywater N.5.5
Binding: Olive morocco, gilt arms (first) of J.A. de Thou on each cover

Scope and Content:

Note in Beckford's hand on flyleaf 'R. june 1834/2.15-'.

Custodial History:

Inscribed inside upper cover 'Vett.[?] 1ere T. h 67'; Beckford no. 3737; Sotheby's, 28 June 1898 (anon.), lot 979.


Acquisition: Bought by Ingram Bywater; Bywater no. 1437.

William Godwin, St. Leon: a tale of the sixteenth century, 4 vols. (London, 1799)


Shelfmark: Vet. A5 e. 5420/1-4
Binding: Polished calf, gilt, marbled and gilt edges. Ticket of C. Kalthoeber in vol.1.

Scope and Content:

One note by Beckford, flyleaf of vol. 4; pencilled collation note (not by Beckford) on end flyleaf of vol. 1.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 612; HP II, 236; bookplate of Lord Rosebery (?).


Acquisition: Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 86.

V.M. Golovnin, Recollections of Japan (London, 1819)


Shelfmark: Arch. H d. 4
Binding: Papered boards, gilt spine

Scope and Content:

One leaf inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including, p. 184, note on Japanese cats.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 1150; Hamilton bookplate; HP II, part of lot 264; Sotheby's, 27 oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 91.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Laurens van Haecht Goidtsenhoven, [Greek] Mikrokosmos. Parvvs mvndvs (Antwerp, 1579) [With title leaf + sig. A2, A3 only of edition published at Anvers, 1592, inserted at the front of the volume.]


Shelfmark: Douce HH.249
Binding: Vellum binding
Custodial History:

Numbered 5344 in ink in a 19th-cent? hand on the pastedown; inscribed in an unidentified hand on fly leaf 'Purchased by a bookseller at the Fonthill sale for £1.13'; bookplate of Francis Douce.



Sir Francis Bond Head, Bart., Rough notes taken during some rapid journeys across the Pampas and the Andes (London, 1826)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 11
Binding: Half red morocco, gilt

Scope and Content:

Four leaves inserted (2nd leaf bound in back to front), containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 121ff, 195-7, 231-2 ('a prudently well armed Bible expedition to carry peace, good will & lemonade' - p. 125).

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 5775; HP II, lot 611.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Ebenezer Henderson, Biblical researches and travels in Russia (London, 1826)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 17
Binding: Russia, gilt rules

Scope and Content:

Four leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 10, 224, 229, 231, 282, 373, 383, 455, 469.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 1827; Hamilton bookplate; HP II, lot 671; Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 116.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Three works, published in Venice, 1515-17
Shelfmark: Douce A subt. 46 (1-3)
Binding: Vellum binding

Scope and Content:

Comprises

  • (1) St. John, Apocalipsis iesu christi...cum nova expositione in lingua volgare composta per...frate Federico veneto (Alexander de Paganini, Venice, 1515)
  • (2) Apochalypsis Ihesu Christ [with fifteen engravings] (Alexander de Paganini, [Venice], 1516) [with engraving inserted at the end, annotated by Thomas Rodd]
  • (3) Robertus Caracciolus, Spechio de la fede (Georgio di Rusconi, Venice, 1517)
Custodial History:

Bookplate of Francis Douce, inscribed on front pastedown by Douce 'From the Fonthill Library'.



Samuel Johnson, A diary of a journey into North Wales, Ed. R. Duppa (London, 1816)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 19
Binding: Calf

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 25, 36, 41, 107, 126, and half a page on Johnson at end of notes.

Custodial History:

HP II, lot 1166.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Ann Hasseltine Judson, An account of the American Baptist mission to the Burman empire (London, 1823)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 14
Binding: Half red morocco, gilt

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 60 'the canting authoress of this semi-silly book', 101, 211-17, 231.

Custodial History:

Hamilton bookplate; HP II, lot 1222; Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 154.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Athanasius Kircher, La Chine (Amsterdam, 1670)


Shelfmark: Arch. H c. 1
Binding: Diced Russia, gilt, said to be by Baumgarten (HP IV).
Custodial History:

'William Beckford 1778' on frontispiece. Beckford no. 414; HP IV, lot 1071; cutting from bookseller's or auctioneer's catalogue (no item number) pasted to end flyleaf; bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale) lot 161.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

August F.F. von Kotzebue, The life of Augustus von Kotzebue (London, 1820)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 22
Binding: Calf, gilt

Scope and Content:

One leaf inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 6, 42.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 5903; Hamilton bookplate; HP II, lot 1370; Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 160.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Lady Caroline Lamb, Glenarvon (2nd ed., 3 vols., London, 1816)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 10/1-3
Binding: Quarter red calf, gilt rules

Scope and Content:

One note by Beckford on flyleaf of vol.1. Cf. Life at Fonthill, 198, 339 + note.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 4230; HP II, lot 1465; Sotheby's, 19 May 1890 (Sir Edward Sullivan sale), lot 3738; item 483 in a bookseller's(?) catalogue (cutting on end flyleaf of vol.1); booklate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 170.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Eustache Le Sueur, La vie de St Bruno... peinte... par... Le Sueur... gravé par François Chaveau (Paris [1660?]),

bound with F.Girardon et al., fourteen plates of monuments.
Shelfmark: Arch. H b.1
Binding: Half red morocco, gilt, by C. Kalthoeber (ticket).
Custodial History:

HP II, part of lot 1730; item 52 in a bookseller's catalogue (cutting on end pastedown); bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 182.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Francis Maximus MacNab, A theory of the moral and physical system of the universe (Edinburgh, 1817)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 12
Binding: Russia

Scope and Content:

Three leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 1374; HP II, lot 2042; Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 196.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Jacques Massé, Voyage et avantures de Jacques Massé [by S. Tyssot de Patot] (Bourdeaux, 1710)


Shelfmark: Arch. H f. 1
Binding: Red morocco, gilt
Custodial History:

'Bib: de la Vallière' in Beckford's hand [according to note by Boyd Alexander] on flyleaf; G. de Bure, Paris, Dec. 1783 (La Vallière sale), lot 4546; Beckford no. 1792; HP III, lot 2776; bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 302.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Joseph Mawman, An excursion to the Highlands of Scotland and the English Lakes (Printed for J.Mawman, London, 1805)


Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 18
Binding: Calf, gilt

Scope and Content:

One leaf inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, p. 64.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 2214; HP II, lot 2336.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Hon. Mrs. Sarah Murray, afterwards Aust, A companion and useful guide to the beauties of Scotland, to the Lakes... (2 vols., London, 1799-1803)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 15/1-2
Binding: Calf, gilt, by C. Kalthoeber (ticket)

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted in vol. 2, containing notes by Beckford.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 2216; HP II, lot 2716; lot 147 in an unidentified Sotheby (?) sale (not Clements or Rosebery).


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Melchior de Polignac, Cardinal, Anti-Lucretius (Paris, 1747)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 8
Binding: Dark blue calf, gilt
Custodial History:

A copy in Fonthill sale (Phillips, 23 Sept. and 16 Oct. 1823), lot 2239; Beckford no. 2848; HP III, lot 872; bookplate of Peter Hall; Sotheby's, 25 June 1827 (Peter Hall sale), lot 1003; Sotheby's, 3 May 1894 (Hugh Galbraith Reid sale), lot 3045; Tregaskis, Caxton Head catalogue 300 (March 1895), item 704; bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 246.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Robert Proctor, Narrative of a journey across the Cordillera of the Andes, and of a residence in Lima (London, 1825)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 16
Binding: Half red calf

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 6207; not in HP?


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Samuel Rogers, Italy, a poem. Part the first (London, 1823)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 54
Binding: Original boards

Scope and Content:

Two and a half pages of notes by Beckford.

Custodial History:

Presentation inscription from the author.


Acquisition: Given by Blackwell's with the Beckford papers.

Elizabeth Isabella Spence, Sketches of the present manners, customs, and scenery of Scotland (2 vols., London, 1811)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 49
Binding: Half red morocco

Scope and Content:

One leaf inserted in each vol., containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, vol. 1, pp. 3, 37, 43; vol. 2, pp. 16, 170. Various pencillings erased from flyleaf of vol. 1.

Custodial History:

Hamilton bookplate; HP III, lot 2146; Sotheby's, 27 Oct. 1975 (Rosebery sale), lot 409


Acquisition: Quaritch, cat. 1043 (1984), 319.

Henry Savile de Starck, Bertrand; or memoirs of a Northumbrian nobleman in the seventeenth century; written by himself. (Vols. I-III, London, 1808)
Shelfmark: 256 e. 14941-3
Binding: Dark blue straight-grain morocco, gilt rosettes and crosses on spines.
Custodial History:

Vol. I, fly leaf, inscribed in pencil 'presented to me by the author Henry Savile de Starck / WB'.



Edward Allen Talbot, Five years' residence in the Canadas (2 vols., London, 1824)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 9/1-2
Binding: Half red calf

Scope and Content:

Two leaves inserted in each volume, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, vol.1, pp. 27, 109, 210, 229.

Custodial History:

Beckford no. 6217; HP III, lot 2405.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

F.M. Arouet de Voltaire, La philosophie de l'histoire par feu l'abbé Bazin (Amsterdam, 1765)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 7
Binding: Red morocco, gilt
Custodial History:

Note of acquisition by Beckford on flyleaf 'Hanr[?]rot July 1813 [£] 1 - 15 -'; Beckford no. 3916; Stewart, Wheatley & Adlard, 5 April 1827 (Theodore Williams sale), lot 154 (to Hurd, £1.18.0); probably Evans, 29 March 1832 (Philip Hurd sale), lot 86; Evans, 16 July 1833 (P.A. Hanrott sale), lot 544; HP I, lot 697; bookplate of H.J.B. Clements; Sotheby's, 4 July 1966 (Clements sale), lot 316.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

James Wilson, A journal of two successive tours upon the Continent, in the years 1816, 1817, & 1818 (3 vols., London & Edinburgh, 1820)
Shelfmark: Arch. H e. 20/1-3
Binding: Calf, gilt

Scope and Content:
  • Vol. 1, one leaf inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 89, 338
  • Vol. 2, four leaves inserted, containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, pp. 249, 256, 277-9
  • Vol. 3, two leaves inserted containing notes by Beckford, including remarks, p. 449
Custodial History:

Beckford no. 2352; HP IV, lot 523.


Acquisition: Bequeathed by Boyd Alexander.

Jean Zuallart, Il devotissimo viaggio di Gierusalemme (Rome, 1595)
Shelfmark: Vet.F1 e. 10
Binding: Mottled calf, gilt.
Custodial History:

Inscribed 'coll: perf:/H. Drury Harrow/1823. C. 197.2' and 'Fonthill copy' probably also in Drury's hand; 'Payne & Foss 6/40'; bookplate of Radcliffe Library.



Conspectus 1

Conspectus of entry numbers for Beckford's manuscripts ('BeW') in the Index of English literary manuscripts, vol.3, 1700-1800, Part I, compiled by Margaret M. Smith (Mansell, 1986), and Bodleian shelfmarks. (Numbers omitted here refer to items in other locations).


Conspectus 2

Conspectus of Hamilton Papers ('HP') numbers and Bodleian shelf-marks. The HP numbers are often cited in Roman figures (eg. VIII.4, here listed as 8/4). When an item is noted as 'dispersed', the contents can usually be found in MS. Beckford c. 14 (Beckford's draft letters) or in MSS. Beckford c. 26-37 (general correspondence), all of which are included in the index below.


Index

    ABERCORN, Earls of, see Hamilton family

    ABOYNE, Earl of, see Gordon (Charles), 4th Earl of Aboyne; Gordon (George) 9th Marquess of Huntly

    ADERS (Charles) picture-dealer, London
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 7-8

    AFRICA
        Beckford's early reading notes on
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 1-9

    AGAMINE the Persian
        Drawing, 1730?
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 139

    AINSWORTH (William Harrison) 1805-82
        Letters to W. Beckford, with copy of reply, 1841
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 9-10

    ALBERT FRANCIS CHARLES AUGUSTUS EMMANUEL Prince-Consort of England, 1819-61
        Precedency of His Royal Highness Prince Albert (London, 1840)
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 178-91

    ALCOBAÇA Portugal
        Journal notes, and drafts concerning, by W. Beckford, 1794, 1834 - 5
            MS. Beckford d. 7

    ALET (General -) Comte d'
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1793
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 11-12

    ALEXANDER (Boyd)
        Working papers relating to Beckford, see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 5
        Bequests of Beckford MSS. and books, see Introduction under 'Related Material'

    ALFEIZERÃO Portugal
        Drawing by W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford d. 7, fol. 25

    ANFOSSI (Pasquale) 1727-97
        Aria, 'Prigioniera abbandonata'
            MS. Beckford f. 5

    ANGELL (Samuel) 1800-66
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1830
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 13

    ANGUS (William)
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 42

    ANSPACH (Elizabeth) Margravine of, 1750-1828
        Arcadian Pastoral, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 61
        Description by Beckford of 'Ly Craven's pastoral', 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 28-38
        Music composed by, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 61, fols. 39-45
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1782-1809, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 11-12
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 1-77
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 42v
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 103-5, 107-8

    ANTHONY Saint, of Padua
        'Anecdotas sobre a genealogia', by Gelasio de Conceição, 1794
            MS. Beckford e. 5

    ANTROBUS (John) d. 1878
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 14-15

    ARABIAN NIGHTS
        Translations by or for W. Beckford, 1780s
            MSS. Beckford c. 51-4
            MSS. Beckford d. 23-6

    ARANJUEZ Spain
        Journal entries by Beckford, 1795
            MS. Beckford e. 2, pp. 13-24
            MS. Beckford d. 8

    ARBLAY (Frances) Madame d', 1752-1840
        Letter supposedly to her, from Beckford, but probably to A. Cozens, 1780
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 100-3
        Copy of part of a letter from G. Pacchiarotti, 1780
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 52

    ARBUTHNOT (Charles) 1767-1850
        Copies of letters to and from A.J.C. Johnstone, 1812
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 30-1

    ARCHER (Sarah) wife of 2nd Baron Archer, 1741-1801
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1780-1
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 5
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 16-19

    ATHERSTONE (Edwin) 1788-1872
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 20-1

    AUGUSTUS FREDERICK Duke of Sussex, 1773-1843
        Caricature possibly of
            MS. Beckford c. 63, fol. 121

    AVIZ, Grand Prior of, see Noronha e Meneses (Manoel de)

    BACON (Francis) Viscount St. Albans, 1561-1626
        Essay by W. Beckford concerning, c.1774
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 85-105

    BAKER (Sir George) 1722-1809
        Letter to Lady Craven, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 32-3

    BALDOCK (C.H.) art-dealer
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1819, 1832
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 22-3

    BALDOCK (M.F.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1836
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 25-6

    BALDOCK (Robert)
        Description of Cellini vase, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fol. 7

    BALSEMÃO, Visconde de, see Sousa Coutinho (Luis Pinto)

    BANDEIRA (Jacinto Fernandes) 1777-1818
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1804-5
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 27-32

    BARCLAY (Sir Robert) 8th Bart., 1755-1839
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1807-10
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 36-8, 41-2
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 32-7

    BARNES (P.A.) of Prior Park
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1837
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 38

    BARNETT (Elizabeth) née Burrough
        Begging-letters to W. Beckford, 1808
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 40-3

    BARTOLOZZI (Francesco) 1727-1815
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 44

    BATALHA Portugal
        Journal notes and drafts concerning, by W. Beckford, 1794, 1834-5
            MS. Beckford d. 7

    BATH Lansdown Crescent and Place
        Agreement for sale of 'National Gardens' to W. Beckford, 1825
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 87-8
        Plan by H. Goodridge for garden allotments, 1845
            MS. Beckford a. 2
        Leases and agreements, and accounts, 1825-48
            MS. Beckford c. 59
            MS. Beckford c. 89, items 3-4
            MS. Beckford d. 29, items 6-7
        Auction catalogue of furniture from 18 Lansdown Crescent, 1843
            MS. Beckford d. 27, item 3
        Inventories of Beckford's property, 1844
            MS. Beckford b. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 58
        Agreement for giving up possession of 19 Lansdown Crescent, 1846
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 101-2

    BATH Lansdown Tower
        Catalogue of Beckford's library in 1831
            MS. Beckford f. 2
        Inventories of Beckford's property, 1844
            MS. Beckford b. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 58
        Auction catalogue of part of contents, 1843
            MS. Beckford d. 27, item 2

    BATHURST (Tryphena) wife of 2nd Earl Bathurst, 1730-1807
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 46-51

    BEACONSFIELD, Earl of, see Disraeli (B.)

    BEARCROFT (Edward)
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1784-96
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 52-6

    BEAUFORT family, Dukes of Somerset
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829-32
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 55-69

    BECKFORD (Elizabeth), see Howard (Elizabeth) Lady Effingham

    BECKFORD (John)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1806
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 57

    BECKFORD (Louisa) d. 1791
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1780-4
            MSS. Beckford c. 17-18
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 31v
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 18
            MS. Beckford d. 1
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 35-6, 50-1, 54-5, 81-2, 83, 94-9

    BECKFORD (Lady Margaret) d. 1786
        Letter from W. Courtenay, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 102-3
        Latin poem by C.F. Reinhardt on her death, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 111-12

    BECKFORD (Maria) wife of Alderman Beckford
        Drafts and copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1787, 1796
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 22-3
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 3
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 7-9
        Petition from the Pitt family, 1772
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 13

    BECKFORD (Maria Margaret Elizabeth) later Orde, 1785-1818
        Letter to Lady Anne Hamilton, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 13-14
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1818
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 135-6

    BECKFORD (Peter) 1643-1710
        Receipt for sale of land, 1686
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 1-2
        Indenture, sale of land in Jamaica, 1702
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 8-9
        Note concerning, c.1792
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 54
        Pedigree of descendants, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford a. 4, fols. ii-iii

    BECKFORD (Richard) c.1743-1796
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 59-66

    BECKFORD (Susan Euphemia) later Lady Hamilton, 1786-1859
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1815-41, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 11, fol. 36
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 88
            MS. Beckford c. 20
            MS. Beckford c. 21, fol. 231
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 42-4, 73
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 79v, 141v
        Letters to her husband, 1809-44, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 38
        Letter from F. Scholl, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fols. 105a-c
        Notes by
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 12
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fol. 93v
            MS. Beckford c. 73, fol. 1a
            MS. Beckford c. 74, fol. 1
            MS. Beckford c. 86, fol. 74v
            MS. Beckford b. 7, fol. 88
        Newspaper cuttings collected by
            MS. Beckford c. 66
            MS. Beckford c. 67, fols. 189-98 passim;
            MS. Beckford c. 79, fol. 14
        Deeds relating to marriage settlement, 1809
            MS. Beckford c. 89, items 1-2
        Agreements concerning property of Beckford, 1846
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 101-4
        Accounts, 1844-8
            MS. Beckford c. 59
        Pedigree, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford a. 4

    BECKFORD (William) d. 1799
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781-8
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 67-70

    BECKFORD (William) 1760-1844
        Caricatures of
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 19v
        Commonplace book, 1793-1811, see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 1
        Drawings (nearly all by Beckford)
            MS. Beckford b. 1, front pastedown
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 1-6
            MSS. Beckford c. 1-13 passim;
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 29, 59, 80av, 123b, 134, 138v
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fol. 81v
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 42, 90v, 117, 154v
            MS. Beckford c. 20, fols. 114, 133, 154
            MS. Beckford c. 21, fols. 46, 243v
            MS. Beckford c. 22, fols. 16v, 30v, 36v, 56v, 64v, 66v, 112v, 144v, 157v, 160v, 169
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fol. 91v
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fols. 108, 130v, 148
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 75v
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fol. 15b
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 13v, 31v, 37v, 77v
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 103v, 131v, 151v, 157v
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fol. 106v
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 110v, 140, 151v, 154-5
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 94v, 107, 110v, 111, 113v, 116v, 123v, 124v
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 19v, 90v, 108v
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 139v, c. 36, fols. 5v, 49v, 81v
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 14v, 80-3, 99
            MS. Beckford c. 44, fol. 50v
            MS. Beckford c. 45, fols. 1v, 2, 10, 17v
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 72v, 81v
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 11v, 12v
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 41v
            MS. Beckford c. 63, fol. 44
            MS. Beckford c. 64, fol. 91
            MS. Beckford c. 66, fol. 16
            MS. Beckford c. 67, fol. 139
            MS. Beckford c. 72, fol. 49
            MS. Beckford c. 78, fol. 6
            MS. Beckford c. 81, fols. 42, 102
            MS. Beckford c. 82, fol. 39
            MS. Beckford c. 83, fols. 13, 109
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 29v, 70, 105-51 passim;
            MS. Beckford d. 3, fol. 5v
            MS. Beckford d. 7, fols. 24-5
            MS. Beckford d. 27/1, back wrapper
            MS. Beckford e. 2, front and back pastedowns, pp. 1, 71
            MS. Beckford f. 2, front pastedown, fol. 29
        Hair, lock of
            MS. Beckford c. 20, fol. 162
        Newspaper cuttings concerning him, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 82, fols. 44, 46-7, 49, 54-7
        Obituaries (cuttings), 1844
            MS. Beckford b. 7, fols. 87-8
        Passport (Spanish), 1795
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 9a
        Prose works, including translations
        Aaron Ereshet [Arabian Nights]
            MSS. Beckford c. 51-2
        Abou Niah, see Histoire d'Abou Niah
        An account of the Chinese embassy to Japan
            MS. Beckford c. 45
        Ahmed, see Histoire du Prince Ahmed
        Aladdin, see Histoire d'Aladdin
        Alasi, see Histoire du Prince Alasi
        Ali Ben Hassan, see Histoire du Prince Ahmed
        Al Raoui, see Histoire d'Al Raoui
        Arabian Nights
            MSS. Beckford c. 51-4
            MSS. Beckford d. 23-6
        Azora, see Histoire du Roi Filouï
        Barkiarokh, see Histoire du Prince Barkiarokh
        Centrical history, see The Long Story
        Darianoc, see Histoire de Darianoc
        A day at Tojal
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 1-12
        Décret du vieux de la montagne
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 58-62
        Devonshire House fête
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 20-7
        Dialogue between death & the old man of the mountain
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 64-6
        The disgust or the fatal voyage, see under Verse
        Dome of the setting sun
            MS. Beckford d. 9
        Dreams, waking thoughts and incidents
            MSS. Beckford c. 40-1
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 80a-b
            MS. Beckford d. 2
            MS. Beckford d. 4
            MS. Beckford f. 1
        Dripwell guide
            MS. Beckford c. 20, fol. 102v
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 26-31
        Eblis, see Origin of the Halls of Eblis
        Episodes of Vathek
            MSS. Beckford d. 13-19
            see also MS. Beckford c. 50, fol. 93
        Epitaphs
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 54-67, 68-94
        L'Esplendente
            MS. Beckford d. 11
        Etron-bec
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 30-53
        Fatimah, see Histoire de la Princesse Fatimah
        Felkanaman, see Histoire d'Elouard Felkanaman
        Filouï, see Histoire du Roi Filouï
        Firouzkah, see Histoire du Prince Alasi
        Flowers of nonsense & fruits of conceit
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 218-9
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 70
        Fonthill foreshadowed
            MS. Beckford d. 10
        The fountains of Merlin
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 11-18
        Gemal al Camar
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 20-3
        Grande Chartreuse
            MS. Beckford d. 2
        Hasan el-Basri
            MS. Beckford c. 51
        Histoire d'Abou Niah
            MS. Beckford d. 26, item 3
        Histoire d'Aladdin
            MS. Beckford d. 26, item 1
        Histoire d'Al Raoui
            MS. Beckford d. 20
            MS. Beckford c. 85, fols. 164-75
        Histoire de Darianoc
            MS. Beckford d. 12
        Histoire d'Elouard Felkanaman et d'Ansel Hougioud
            MS. Beckford d. 23, pp. xvii, 1-179
        Histoire de Kebal
            MS. Beckford d. 26, item 5
        Histoire de la peguane Runiah
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 69-70
        Histoire de la Princesse Fatimah
            MS. Beckford d. 26, item 4
        Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs
            MS. Beckford d. 15
            MS. Beckford d. 18
            MS. Beckford d. 19, fols. 7-11
        Histoire de Mazin
            MS. Beckford d. 25
        Histoire de Schahanazan
            MS. Beckford d. 23, pp. iii-xii
        Histoire des deux princes amis
            MSS. Beckford d. 13-15
        Histoire de Zinan
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 13-28
        Histoire du Prince Ahmed... et d'Ali Ben Hassan
            MS. Beckford d. 24
        Histoire du Prince Alasi
            MSS. Beckford d. 13-15
        Histoire du Prince Barkiarokh
            MS. Beckford d. 16/1-2
            MS. Beckford d. 17
            MS. Beckford d. 19, fols. 3-6
        Histoire du Prince Mahmed
            MS. Beckford d. 26, item 2
        Histoire du Roi Filouï et d'Azora
            MS. Beckford d. 23, pp. 179-209
        The history of the Caliph Vathek, see Vathek
        Hougioud, see Histoire d'Elouard Felkanaman
        Hylas, see The idyllium of Hylas
        The idyllium of Hylas
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fol. 50
            MS. Beckford d. 9
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 7-12
        Italy, with sketches of Spain and Portugal
            MSS. Beckford c. 40-4
            MSS. Beckford d. 4-6
            MS. Beckford d. 8
            MS. Beckford e. 2
            MS. Beckford f. 1
            see also Dreams
        Journals and travels
            MSS. Beckford c. 40-5
            MSS. Beckford d. 2-8
            MS. Beckford e. 2
            MS. Beckford f. 1
        Kalilah, see Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs
        Kebal, see Histoire de Kebal
        Krisna
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 30-68 passim
        Lady Craven's pastoral
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 28-38
        Liber veritatis
            MS. Beckford d. 22
        The lioness
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 55-64
        The long story
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 1
            MS. Beckford c. 46
            MS. Beckford c. 48
        Mahmed, see Histoire du Prince Mahmed
        Mazin, see Histoire de Mazin
        Mefrac, see Histoire de Darianoc
        Mengab
            MS. Beckford c. 52
        Messac, see Mefrac
        Mysterious visit - the grim-visaged old man
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 65-81
        Nouronihar
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 24-68 passim
        Orations
            MS. Beckford e. 3
        Origin of the Halls of Eblis
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 9-19
        Osorio
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 78-80
        Pan
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 19-26
        Paris in 1784
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 39-54
        Pourrous
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 30-68 passim
        Procopius in the 5th book
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 81-5
        Quizzical scraps
            MS. Beckford c. 50
        Recollections of an excursion
            MS. Beckford d. 7
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 1-12
        Saleve
            MS. Beckford c. 42
        Satyr's range
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 3-9
        Schahanazan, see Histoire de Schahanazan
        Sketches of Spain and Portugal, see Italy
        Song of the angelic choirs
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 67-72
        The speech of William the Conqueror
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 109-14
        The state of innocense
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 152-147 rev.
        The story of Al Raoui
            MS. Beckford d. 20
        Tojal, see A day at Tojal
        Les trois montagnes
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 13-28
        Vathek
        Fragment
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 27-8
        Translation into English
            MS. Beckford c. 49
        Translation into Italian
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fols. 29-31
        'Avertisement'
            MS. Beckford d. 17, p. ii
        'Preface'
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 13-28
        Letters partly relating to
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 51-85
        Verses on
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 95-6
        The vision, see The long story
        Whether the conduct of Lord Byron
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 85-105
        Yao
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 3-19
        Zinan, see Histoire de Zinan
        Zulkaïs, see Histoire de la Princesse Zulkaïs
        Reading notes
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fol. 15c
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 42v-3
            MSS. Beckford c. 55-7
            see also Section E, Reading Notes
        Reviews of his books (cuttings)
            MS. Beckford b. 6, fols. 151-75
            MS. Beckford b. 7, fols. 50-2
        Signature 'William T. Beckford'
            MS. Beckford e. 3, p. 1
        Verse
        The disgust or the fatal voyage
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 3-12
        Sir Squasholine
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 86-90
        The temptation in the wilderness
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 45-56
        Miscellaneous verse
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fol. 8v
            MS. Beckford c. 20, fols. 58-9
            MS. Beckford c. 23, fol. 88
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 76v
            MS. Beckford c. 40, end flyleaf
            MS. Beckford c. 50 passim;
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 216
            MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fols. 59-72
            MS. Beckford c. 64, fol. 104
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 48v
            MS. Beckford c. 85, fols. 89-91, 133-9
            MS. Beckford d. 2, fol. 27
            MS. Beckford d. 17, p. 159
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fols. 54-68

    BECKFORD (William Thomas), see Beckford (William) 1760-1844

    BEDFORD, Lady, see Russell (Gertrude)

    BEFORT (-) art-dealer, London
        Letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 74

    BELLINI (Giovanni) c.1429-1516
        Letters concerning Beckford's sale of portrait of Doge Loredan to National Gallery, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 99-104, 107, 123-4

    BELTZ (George Frederick) 1777-1841
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1800-41
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 38
            MS. Beckford c. 19
            MS. Beckford c. 23, fol. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 30
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 147v
        Letters from Sir Isaac Heard, in Beltz's hand
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 6-28 passim
        Letter to D. Macquin, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 76-7

    BENINCASA (Bartolomeo) 1746-1816
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1780-4
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 76-106
        Letter from J. Lettice, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 76-7

    BENTHEIM (-) Comte de
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 107-8

    BENTINCK (William Henry Cavendish) 3rd Duke of Portland, 1738-1809
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1796-7, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 43-5
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 75-81

    BENTLEY (Richard) 1794-1871
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 109

    BERDMORE (Samuel) 1740-1802
        Inscription mentioning, in volume of school-boy essays by W. Beckford, 1773
            MS. Beckford e. 3

    BERESFORD family
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 73-80

    BERTRAND (Louis) 1731-1812
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 39v-40

    BEZERRA (B.), see Bezerra (Isabel Sill)

    BEZERRA (Isabel Sill) Vicondessa de Tagoahy
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1795, 1814-34
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 111-39

    BINGHAM (Margaret) Lady Lucan, d. 1814
        'Paris in 1784 by Lucan & Mde Necker'
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 39-54

    BION (Elise de)
        Letter to W. Beckford, [1790s]
            MS. Beckford d. 19, fols. 3-4

    BLOMBERG (F.W.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1777
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 140-1

    BOHN (Henry George) 1796-1884
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, with some bills, 1839-43, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 142-51

    BOHN (James Stuart Burges) 1803-80
        Bill for books, addressed to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 152

    BONNET (Charles) 1720-93
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fol. 37

    BOOKS
        Catalogues of W. Beckford's library, c.1786-1844
            MSS. Beckford b. 1-2
            MS. Beckford f. 2
        Lists of books
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 134-5
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 28-36
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 55-61
        Inventory of MSS. and books at Hamilton Palace, 1855
            MS. Beckford c. 60

    BOUCHÉ (-) artist [?L.A.G. Bouchet]
        Receipt for payment by W. Beckford, 1792
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 153

    BOUCHET (Louis A.G.), see Bouché

    BOUILLON (Jacques Léopold Charles Godefroi de la Tour d'Auvergne) Duc de, 1746-1802
        Lists of items bought by W. Beckford at his sale, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 69-71

    BOULAINVILLIERS (-) Comtesse de
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 154

    BOUVERIE family, Earls of Radnor
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 86-9

    BOWYER (Robert) 1758-1834
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 21-2

    BOYNTON (Anna Maria) Lady, 1763-1853
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 159-60

    BRABECK (Friedrich Moritz) Graf von, 1728 - after 1795
        Description, 'Sur la galerie de Söder', late 18th cent?
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 83-4

    BRANDOIN (Michel Vincent) 1733-90
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, and drawing by, 1787-9
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 1-3

    BRIDGEWATER, Earl of, see Egerton

    BRISTOL, Earl of, see Hervey

    BRITTON (John) 1771-1857
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1822-43
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fol. 88v
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 9-49
        Papers relating to Fonthill, see Farinelli

    BROWN (Robert) agent to the Duke of Hamilton
        Letters to the Duke, 1821-2, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 1-55

    BROWNE (Joseph) [scagliola-works], London
        Letter to H.E. Goodridge, with drawings of vases, 1836
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 50-1

    BRUNO, St., founder of the Carthusian Order
        Notes on, 1780s
            MS. Beckford c. 40, pp. 135a-b
            MS. Beckford c. 41, pp. 316b-e

    BRYANT (William) bookseller, London
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1804
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 52-3

    BUCHANAN (William) art-dealer, London
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1839
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 54-9

    BURGESS (Thomas) Bishop of Salisbury, 1756-1837
        Letters to Fownes & White on behalf of, 1831-2
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 144-6

    BURNENS (François)
        Letter perhaps in the hand of, c. 1784
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 181

    BURNEY (Frances), see Arblay

    BURROUGH (Elizabeth), see Barnett

    BUTLER (Samuel) Bishop of Lichfield, 1774-1839
        Letter to his publisher, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 102-3

    BYRON (George Gordon) 6th Baron Byron, 1788-1824
        Report of his opinion of Vathek, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 104v-105a
        Newspaper cuttings relating to Moore's Life of, 1830
            MS. Beckford c. 79, fols. 43-61

    CADAFAIZ Portugal
        Drawing by W. Beckford of convent, 1835
            MS. Beckford d. 7, fol. 24

    CAMERON (A.) cousin of W. Beckford
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1810
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fol. 60

    CAMERON (Elizabeth Hamilton de) Comtesse de Fay
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 61-2

    CARENCY (-) Prince de
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1788-9
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 63-85

    CAREW (G.) solicitor
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1838-40
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 86-7
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 154-5
            see also Fownes & White

    CARLETON (Maria) wife of 1st Baron Dorchester, 1753-1836
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1816
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 102-3

    CASSAN (Stephen Hyde) 1789-1841
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fol. 88

    CAVE (T.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 136-7

    CELLINI (Benvenuto) 1500-71
        Description of Cellini vase, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fol. 7

    CHARDIN (Charles) bookseller, Paris, d. 1826?
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, and bills, 1789-1821, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 89-130b
        Letter to G. Franchi, 1814
            MS. Beckford c. 3, fol. 86
        Letter concerning his death, 1826
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 131-2

    CHARLCOMBE Somerset
        Agreements, deeds and valuations concerning farm leased by W. Beckford, 1823-46
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 103-4
            MS. Beckford d. 29, items 1-5

    CHATHAM, Earl and Baroness, see Pitt

    CHAWORTH (Mary), see Musters

    CHINA
        Beckford's early reading notes (translated extracts) on
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 10-35
        Account by W. Beckford concerning China and Japan, c.1774-5
            MS. Beckford c. 45

    CHINESE BRONZES
        Printed catalogue, Ancient Chinese bronzes, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 198-203

    CHRISTIE (James) the younger, 1773-1831
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, n.d., 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 135-7

    CICOGNARA (Leopoldo) Comte, 1767-1834
        Caricature by G. Franchi, [1820s]
            MS. Beckford c. 13, fol. 67

    CLARGES (Louisa) Lady, 1760-1809
        Copy by her of aria by A. Sacchini
            MS. Beckford f. 4

    CLARKE (George) bookseller, London
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, and bills, 1824, 1831-5, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 74v
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 1-71
            MS. Beckford d. 7, fols. 99v, 115, 117-8
        Letter and note in a copy of Dreams, see MS. Beckford c. 40 (under 'Related Material')

    CLARKE (William) bookseller, London
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1822-30, and bill, 1810
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 73-90
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 5
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 33v-6, 58-9

    COBBETT (William) 1762-1835
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 91-4

    COCHRANE, Lord, see Cochrane (Thomas)

    COCHRANE (Thomas) 10th Earl of Dundonald, 1775-1860
        Letter to W. Beckford, with printed Case, 1817
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 21-35

    COLBURN (Henry) d. 1855
        C. Redding's 'Memoirs of William Beckford' addressed to, 1846
            MSS. Beckford c. 85-6

    COLMAN (George) the younger, 1762-1836
        Letter, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 104-5

    CONCEIÇÃO (Gelasio da)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1794
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 95
        'Anecdotas sobre a genealogia do... S. Antonio', 1794
            MS. Beckford e. 5

    COOPER (Charles) barrister
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 13-14

    CORK, Countess of, see Monckton (Mary)

    COURTENAY (Charlotte) later Lady Loughborough, 1751-1826
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1780-1
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 4v, 5v-6
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 78v

    COURTENAY (William) 19th Earl of Devon, 1768-1835
        Letter to Lady Margaret Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 102-3
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1782-3
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 17v
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 97-8
        Copy of piano piece possibly by
            MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fol. 46v
        Description by W. Beckford, 'Palazzo Courtenay', 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 20-7

    COUTINHO, see Marialva; Sousa Coutinho

    COZENS (Alexander) d. 1786
        Letters and copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1777-84, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 104-37
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 41
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 17
            MS. Beckford d. 10
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 3-6, 12-35, 37-47, 51-69, 77-9, 82-3, 85-6, 89-94, 100-3
            Drawing by Agamine given to, 1730, MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 139
            Fonthill foreshadowed, addressed to

    CRAHAY (Mlle.)
        Engraved Ouverture du ballet de Phaeton, n.d.
            MS. Beckford b. 5

    CRAVEN (Elizabeth) Lady, see Anspach (Elizabeth)

    CRISPIN, St.
        Drawing of, by Beckford
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fol. 42

    DEVERELL (Robert) formerly Pedley, 1760-1841
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1802-9
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 78-88

    DEVEREUX (Robert) 2nd Earl of Essex, 1566-1601
        Essay by W. Beckford concerning, c.1774
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 85-105

    DEVON, Earl of, see Courtenay (William)

    DILLON (Matilda)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1816
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 89-91

    DISRAELI (Benjamin) 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, 1804-81
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1832-7
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 69-70
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 93-4, 97-101
        Letter from Macvey Napier, 1834
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 96-7
        Notes by W. Beckford concerning, c.1833-42
            MS. Beckford c. 22, fols. 238v-9
            MS. Beckford c. 44, fol. 13
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fol. 96v

    DORCHESTER, Lady, see Carleton (Maria)

    DOUGLAS, Marquess of, see Hamilton (William A.A.A.) 11th Duke of Hamilton

    DOUGLAS (Alexander) 10th Duke of Hamilton, see Hamilton

    DOUGLAS (George) 17th Earl of Morton, 1761-1827
        Letters from W. Beckford, 1778, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 105-16

    DOUGLAS AND CLYDESDALE, Marquess of, see Hamilton (Alexander), 10th Duke of Hamilton; Hamilton (William A.A.A.) 11th Duke of Hamilton

    DOYEN (-) art-dealer
        Receipt, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 104

    DUNDONALD, Earl of, see Cochrane

    DURAND (H.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 105-6

    DURDHAM DOWN NURSERY
        Bill, 1840
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 107-8

    DURFORT, Mme. de, see Seymour (Georgiana)

    DYER (George)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1832
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 109-10

    EDGCUMBE (Emma) wife of 1st Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, 1729-1807
        Part of letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 118

    EDWARD VII King of Great Britain, 1841-1910
        Printed Ceremonial to be observed at the baptism of (1842)
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 36-9

    EFFINGHAM, Earl and Lady, see Howard

    EGERTON (John William) 8th Earl of Bridgewater, 1753-1823
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1813
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 6-7

    EGINTON (Francis) 1737-1805
        Bill for painted glass, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 115

    EGMOND, Comte de, see Pignatelli (Luis)

    EGMONT family
        Printed genealogy, c. 1801?
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 139-44

    EHRHART (-) widow of P. J. Ehrhart
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1812
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 153

    EHRHART (Projectus Josephus)
        Letter from F. Scholl, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fols. 12-13

    ELLACOMBE (Henry Thomas) 1790-1885
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 1-3

    ELLIS (George) 1753-1815
        Letter to W. Beckford, [1782?]
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 4

    EMPSON (Chalres)
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 5-8
        Letter to Lady Hamilton, 1847?
            MS. Beckford c. 38, fol. 147

    ENGLISH (Edmund) junior, auctioneer
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1839-44
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 13-28, 31-47
        Letter from Harriet Pigott, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 61-4
        Copy of letter to Treasury, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 123v
        Sale catalogue, 3 Nov. 1843
            MS. Beckford d. 27/3
        Inventories of Beckford's property, 1844
            MS. Beckford b. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 58

    ENGLISH (Edmund Francis) auctioneer
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1839-40
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 9-12, 29-30

    ENGLISH & FASANA auctioneers
        Sale catalogue, 4 Jan. 1841
            MS. Beckford d. 27/2

    ESSEX, 2nd Earl of, see Devereux (Robert)

    ESTE (Charles) 1752-1829
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1813-16
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 48-50

    ETTY (William) 1787-1849
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1837
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 51-3

    EUSEBIUS
        A letter to His Grace the Lord Archbishop of Canterbury relative to... Joanna Southcott and her followers (London, 1815)
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 160-6

    EVANS (Robert Harding) 1778-1857
        Letters from W. Beckford, 1834-6
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 54-7

    FALMOUTH Cornwall
        Letters by Beckford written from, 1787
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 1-36

    FALQUES (Mme. de), see Starck

    FARINELLI, 1705-82
        Letter concerning him, 1780
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 78v

    FARQUHAR (John) 1750-1826
        Agreement to buy Fonthill Abbey, 1822
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 19-20
        Copies of letters to and from his solicitor, 1826
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 141
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 55

    FARRATT (A.) Beckford's steward
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1834-7
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 58-9
            MS. Beckford d. 7, fols. 104-11
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fols. 21-2

    'FARTLEBERRY', Viscount
        Drawing
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 143

    FAULKNER (Joseph)
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1799-1808
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 60-5

    FAULKNER (William)
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1819-22
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 66-9

    FAUQUE(S) (Mme.de), see Starck

    FAY, Comtesse de, see Cameron (Elizabeth H. de)

    FINCH (William Shadwell)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1818
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 85-6

    FONTHILL Wiltshire
        Abstract of deeds relating to manor, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 88
        Sale catalogue of contents of mansion, 1801
            MS. Beckford d. 27, item 1
        Drafts relating to life at, 1779
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 42v-3
        Letters by G. Franchi written from Abbey, 1822
            MS. Beckford c. 12
        Account and sketches of House and Abbey by Lady Anne Hamilton, 1803
            MS. Beckford e. 4
        Preface to an account of Abbey, c. 1820
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 89-90
        Agreement to purchase contents of Mansion, 1807
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 175
        Agreement to purchase Abbey, 1822
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 19-20
        Correspondence concerning sale of Abbey, 1822
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 108-25
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 1-71, 125-8
        Drawings of and designs for, 1788-1825, n.d.
            MS. Beckford a. 1
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 1-2
            MS. Beckford c. 21, fol. 46
            MS. Beckford c. 22, fol. 58
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 100-1
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 110-12, 117
        Newspaper cuttings and transcript relating to, 1822-38
            MS. Beckford c. 76, fols. 46-7
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 62-7
            MS. Beckford b. 6
        Papers of John Britton concerning, see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 6

    FORSTER (George), see Forster (Johann G.A.)

    FORSTER (Johann George Adam) 1754-94
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1779
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 73-4

    FOLLIET (-)
        Drafts of a letter from W. Beckford, 1793
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 70-2

    FORSTER (Johann Rein(h)old) 1729-98
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1779
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 75-7

    FOSS (Henry) bookseller
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1843
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 79-87

    FOWNES & WHITE solicitors, later White & Carew
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1796-1842
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 19-20
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 27, 149
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 88-167, 195-205
        Letters to and from Lord Hamilton or his agent, 1821-2, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 25-8, 46, 52, 56-71, 125-8

    FOWNES (James Somerville) solicitor, see Fownes & White

    FOXHALL (Edward) furniture-maker and art-dealer
        Letters to W. Beckford, with notes of some replies, 1786-1814
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 168-78

    FRANCE
        Copies of Beckford's correspondence concerning negotiations for peace, 1797-8
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 37-80
        Letters from C. Chardin, 1789-1821
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 89-130b
        Journal entries by W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford e. 2

    FRANCHI (Barbara Maria de Castello de Laage)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1828
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 180-1

    FRANCHI (Gregorio)
        Letters from W. Beckford, 1788, 1807-28
            MSS. Beckford c. 1-11
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 4v
        Letters to Beckford, 1804-28
            MS. Beckford c. 9, fols. 110-11
            MSS. Beckford c. 12-13
        Letters to the Duke of Hamilton, 1812-22
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 72-93
        Letter from C.F. Porden, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 73
        Lists of objets d'art, 1813-18
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 73-99 passim

    FRANCHI (Loreto) father of G. Franchi
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1788
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 182

    FRASERS MAGAZINE
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1833
            MS. Beckford c. 44, fol. 13v

    FUENTES, Comte de, see Pignatelli (Luis)

    FUNCHAL, Marqués do, see Sousa Coutinho

    GABRIELLI (Caterina) 1730-96
        Aria given by her to Beckford, 1780
            MS. Beckford f. 5

    GALLUCCI (Elisabetta) singer
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 183-4

    GENEVA, Switzerland
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford describing 'some of the principal characters', 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 34-43

    GENEVA, Lake of
        Journal entries by Beckford, 1778, 1786
            MS. Beckford e. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 42, fol. 1v

    GIGLIONI (Luigi)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1814
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 185-6

    GOODRIDGE (Henry Edmund) 1797-1864
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1838
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 187
        Letter to Lord Hamilton, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 94-5
        Letter from J. Browne, 1836
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 50-1
        Plan for garden allotments, 1845
            MS. Beckford a. 2
        Ground plan, Beckford's tomb, 1848
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 151

    GORDON (Charles) 4th Earl of Aboyne, c.1726-1794
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 1-2

    GORDON (George) 9th Marquess of Huntly, 1761-1853
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1804-6
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 3-6

    GORE (Catherine Grace Frances) 1799-1861
        Letters from W. Beckford, 1839-44, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 95
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 188-92
            MS. Beckford c. 50, fol. 65
        Notes of reading to, mentioned in catalogue description
            MS. Beckford d. 15, fol. 36
            MS. Beckford d. 17, p. i
            MS. Beckford d. 21, fol. 15

    GRAHAME (Robert)
        Letter to R. Brown, 1821
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 19-20

    GRANT (Sir Alexander Cray) 6th Bart., 1782-1854
        Letter to A.J.C. Johnstone, 1812
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 22-7

    GRENVILLE family
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 70-2

    GREVILE (Charles)
        'Charles Grevile's house & Ly Home', 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 20-7

    GREVILLE (C.F.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1803
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 193-4

    GUEST (Douglas), see Guest (Thomas Douglas)

    GUEST (Thomas Douglas) b.1781
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford probably to, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 44, fol. 18

    GUYS (Pierre Augustin) 1720-99
        Note concerning, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 69v

    HACKFALL, Yorkshire
        Description by W. Beckford of visit to, 1779
            MS. Beckford d. 3

    HALBACH (F.B.) of Barmen, Germany
        Letter to W. Beckford, in Latin, with list of books for sale, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 1-2

    HALL (E.)
        Letter to W.T. Longbourne, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 11, fol. 169

    HAMILTON PALACE
        Sketches by R. Hume of gallery ceiling, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 22, fols. 100v, 108
        Inventories of contents, 1833-55
            MSS. Beckford b. 3-4
            MS. Beckford c. 60

    HAMILTON (Alexander) 10th Duke of Hamilton, 1767-1852
        Correspondence with W. Beckford, 1782-1844
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 35, 37v
            MSS. Beckford c. 20-1
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 10-11, 48-9
        Correspondence concerning Beckford, 1813-48
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 146v
            MS. Beckford c. 39
        Letters from his wife, 1809-44, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 38
        Marriage settlement, 1810
            MS. Beckford c. 89, items 1-2
        Translations into Italian
            MS. Beckford c. 47
            MS. Beckford c. 87
        Notes of readings to, 1840s
            MS. Beckford c. 18 passim
        Newspaper articles concerning, 1836-7
            MS. Beckford b. 7, fols. 90-7

    HAMILTON (Lady Anne) 1766-1846
        'Journal and dates of life', 1788-1835
            MS. Beckford e. 4
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1804-11, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 3-19
        Letter from Margaret Beckford, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 13-14

    HAMILTON (Archibald) 9th Duke of Hamilton, 1740-1819
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 20-2

    HAMILTON (Lord Archibald) 1770-1827
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1782, 1815-17
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 23-7
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 49-50
        Letters to the Duke of Hamilton, 1827
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 96-8

    HAMILTON (Catherine) 1st wife of Sir William Hamilton, d. 1782
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1780-2
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 4
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 28-79
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 69-77

    HAMILTON (Charles) d. 1787?
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781-4
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 80-5

    HAMILTON (Col. Edward) b. 1734
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1796
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 86-7
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1796
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 5-6

    HAMILTON (Sir Edward) 1st Bart., 1772-1851
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1802
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 88-90

    HAMILTON (Emma) Lady Hamilton, 1761-1815
        Drafts and copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1798?-1810
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 52-5, 58
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 92-100

    HAMILTON (Susan Euphemia), see Beckford

    HAMILTON (Susan Harriet Catherine) later Lady Lincoln, 1814-89
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1833-40
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 101-6
        Letter to her father, 1819
            MS. Beckford c. 38, fol. 32

    HAMILTON (Sir William) 1730-1803
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1782-1802
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 40-1
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 90, 107-26
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 6-9

    HAMILTON (William Alexander Anthony Archibald) 11th Duke of Hamilton, 1811-63
        Letters to and from Beckford, 1822-41
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 128-35
        Letters to his parents, 1819, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 38, fols. 30, 75
        Printed notices of his marriage, 1843
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 192, 194

    HAMILTON family, Dukes of Hamilton
        Memoranda and recipes, 1799-1802
            MS. Beckford g. 1

    HAMILTON family, Earls of Abercorn
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829-34
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 90-9

    HANDASYDE (Col. Thomas)
        Indenture, purchase of land in Jamaica, 1702
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 8-9

    HANDEL (George Frederick) 1685-1759
        Inaccurate copy by W. Beckford of 'Harmonious Blacksmith' theme
            MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fol. 58

    HANKEYS, PLUMMER & WILSON, solicitors
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1840
            MS. Beckford c. 31, fols. 136-7

    HARCOURT (Mary) wife of 3rd Earl Harcourt, d. 1833
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 1-4
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 5v
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 80-1

    HAUGHTON (Sir Graves Champney) 1788-1849
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1830
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 5

    HEARD (Sir Isaac) 1730-1822
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, and bills, 1796-1815, n.d.
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 10-17
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 42v
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 17-20, 22-3, 35-7, 44-7
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 6-47
        Abstract of deeds by, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 88

    HEAVISIDE (John Smith) d. 1864
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1842
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 49-50

    HENLEY (Samuel) 1740-1815
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1782-6, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 12-13
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 51-85
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 47, 86-9, 99-100
        Verse
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 75
        Transcripts of Beckford's letters to him, see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 6

    HERBERT (George Augustus) 11th Earl of Pembroke, 1759-1827
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 35-6

    HEREFORD (Charles) author of History of Rome
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1792
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 86-7

    HERVEY (Elizabeth) née March
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1777-97
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 7
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 17v
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 88-149
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 108-9

    HERVEY (Frederick Augustus) 4th Earl of Bristol, 1730-1803
        Copy of letter to W. Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 37v

    HIBBERT (George) 1757-1837
        Letter possibly to him, from W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 150

    HOARE (Sir Richard Colt) 2nd Bart., 1758-1838
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1828
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 152-3

    HODGKIN (John)
        Papers relating to Beckford, see Introduction under 'Related Material'

    HOLFORD (Robert Stayner) 1808-92
        Letter to E. English, 1840
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 19

    HOLMES (William) d. 1851
        Letters to and concerning him, from W. Beckford, 1819
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 154-8

    HOME (Mrs. -)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 159-60

    HOME (Elizabeth) Lady, d. 1784
        'Charles Grevile's house & Ly Home', 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 20-7

    HOPE (Henry Philip) d. 1839
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1809
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 161-3

    HORNE (Thomas) agent of Beckford
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1787
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 164-7
        Copy of letter to Wildman, 1790
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fol. 17

    HOTHAM (Jane Seymour) wife of Sir William Hotham, d. 1855
        Copy of letter to White & Carew, 1839
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 160

    HOWARD (Elizabeth) Lady Effingham, 1725-91
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1777
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 111-14

    HOWARD (Henry) 1757-1842
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 168-9

    HOWARD (Richard) 4th Earl of Effingham, 1748-1816
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 170

    HUBER (François) 1750-1831
        Letter from, perhaps in the hand of F. Burnens, c.1784
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 181

    HUBER (Jean) 1721-86
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 171
        Account of, by Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 42-3

    HUBER (Jean-Daniel) 1754-1845
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1783-1800
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 172-80

    HUGO (Jonathan Burke)
        Presentation copy of The prophecies respecting the Messiah (London, 1816)
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 167-77

    HUME (Lady Mary) wife of John Hume, Bishop of Salisbury
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 182-3

    HUME (Robert) Beckford's agent
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1822-44, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 57v
            MS. Beckford c. 22
        Inventories of Beckford's property, 1844
            MS. Beckford b. 2
            MS. Beckford c. 58
        Note perhaps by, 1836
            MS. Beckford c. 66, fol. 48

    HUMPHREY (Ozias) 1742-1810
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1796
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 10

    HUNTLEY (Lydia Howard) later Mrs. Sigourney
        Verses addressed to, by W. Beckford, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 216

    INGLIS (Henry) Writer to the Signet
        Draft deed of entail, and inventory of Hamilton Palace, 1855
            MS. Beckford c. 60

    IRVINE (Walter) M.D.
        Lease and agreements concerning 19 Lansdown Cresent, 1835-46
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 101-2
            MS. Beckford c. 89, item 4
            MS. Beckford d. 29, item 7

    ISAACS (S.) importer of paintings and china
        Trade-card, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 1

    ITALY
        Journal and narratives by W. Beckford of travels in, 1780
            MS. Beckford d. 4
            MS. Beckford f. 1
        Letters written from, by Lady Hamilton, 1818-19
            MS. Beckford c. 38

    'IXORA'
        Drawing of pagoda, late 18th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 41v

    JAMAICA
        Indenture of sale by Peter Beckford, 1702
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 8-9
        Correspondence partly relating to Beckford's Jamaican estates
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 88-167, 195-205
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 13-45
        Letter-books of T. Wildman, 1787-95, see Introduction under 'Related Material', items 2-3

    JAPAN
        Account by W. Beckford concerning China and Japan, c.1774-5
            MS. Beckford c. 45
        Account of, by Isaac Titsingh, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 91-6

    JENNINGS (Robert) bookseller
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1839-40
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 94-5 (96-7, 101, 151-2?)
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 2-10

    JOHNSON (Richard)
        Letter to W. Beckford concerning sale of illuminated Indian MS., 1795
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 11-12

    JOHNSTONE (Andrew James Cochrane) 1767-after 1814
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1811-12
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 13-45
        Letter from Sir Alexander Grant, 1812
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 22-7
        Copies of letters to and from C. Arbuthnot, 1812
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 30-1

    JONES (Sir William) 1746-94
        Original and copy of letter to A.M. and H. de Starck, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 112
            MS. Beckford d. 28, fol. 53

    JOSEPH II, Emperor, 1741-90
        Copy of letter possibly from, 1788
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fol. 21

    K (R.P.)
        Verses to Susan Beckford, 1806
            MS. Beckford c. 20, fols. 159-60

    KENYON (Lloyd) 1st Baron Kenyon, 1732-1802
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1780
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 47-8

    KING (Rebecca) servant to Beckford's mother
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 49-50

    KORAN
        Extracts, with Turkish introduction, 17th/18th cent.
            MS. Beckford g. 2

    LAFFITTE (Jacques) 1767-1844
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1826
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 51-2

    LAFOES, Duke of
        Letter from Joseph II, 1788
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fol. 2

    LAKE DISTRICT
        Notes by W. Beckford of visit to, 1779
            MS. Beckford d. 3

    LAMBERT (Mrs. C.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 53-4

    LANSDOWN (H.V.) d. 1860
        Copies of obituary notice, in French, of W. Beckford, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 97-100

    LANSDOWNE, Marquis of, see Petty-Fitzmaurice

    LASCELLES family
        History of, by W. Beckford, in Liber veritatis, 1829
            MS. Beckford d. 22, fols. 81-5

    LAUDENBERG (-) Baron de
        Copy of letter, late 18th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 29v

    LAURENS (J.B.)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 34
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 55-6

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland
        Letters written from, by F. Scholl, 1790-1834
            MS. Beckford c. 25
        Letters written from, by Lady Hamilton, 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 38

    LEDOUX (Claude Nicolas) 1736-1806
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 57-8

    LETTICE (John) 1737-1832
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1779-1823
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 11v
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 5
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 1-4
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 59-87
            MS. Beckford c. 85, fols. 145-6
            MS. Beckford e. 1, p. 88
        Letter to B. Benincasa, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 76-7
        Letter to Lady Hamilton, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 38, fols. 148-9
        Letter to Lord Hamilton, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 105-6
        Letter from A.M. de Starck possibly to him, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 42, fol. 5v
        Copy of a sonnet, 1778
            MS. Beckford c. 85, fol. 91
        Two sonnets, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 72-3
        Translation of Vathek, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 49

    LEWIS (Frances Maria) mother of M.G. Lewis
        Letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 88

    LICHTENSTEIN (Maria Anna W.W.), see Santa-Cruz

    LILLY (Joseph) 1804-70
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 89-90

    LINCOLN, Lady, see Hamilton (Susan H.C.)

    LISBON
        Plan by W. Beckford of his house, 1793
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 107-8
        Agreement to purchase house, 1793, see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 4

    LOCKHART (John Gibson) 1794-1854
        Letter to -. Stewart, 1834
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 91

    LONDON City, Company of Ironmongers
        Letter to R. Hume, 1833
            MS. Beckford c. 22, fols. 142b-d

    LONDON Devonshire House
        'Devonshire House fete', 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 20-7

    LONDON National Gallery
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 123-4

    LONGBOURNE (W.T.)
        Letter from E. Hall, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 11, fol. 169

    LOUGHBOROUGH, Lady, see Courtenay (Charlotte)

    LOUIS XI, King of France, 1423-83
        Notes by W. Beckford concerning
            MS. Beckford c. 42, fol. 4

    LUCAN, Lady, see Bingham (Margaret)

    LYSAGHT (Capt. Arthur)
        Lease of property in Lansdown Place, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 89, item 3

    McARTHUR (John) 1755-1840
        Letter from W. Beckford, 1808
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 137

    MACQUIN (Ange Denis)
        Correspondence with W. Beckford, 1806-23
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 33v, 39v
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 35-6, 39
            MS. Beckford c. 23
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 130v
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 75v
        Letter from G.F. Beltz, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 76-7
        Transcripts by
            MS. Beckford c. 56
            MS. Beckford d. 16/1-2

    MAFFRA Portugal
        Engraving and printed description of convent, 18th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fol. 7

    MALLESON (Frederick) Portman Nursery
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1820
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 93-4

    MALLET (Paul Henri) 1730-1807
        Verses on Vathek, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 95-6
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fol. 38v

    MARCH (Elizabeth), see Hervey

    MARIALVA (Diogo José Vito de Meneses Noronha Coutinho) 5th Marqués de, 1739-1803
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1787-99, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 24
            MS. Beckford c. 43, pp. 217c-d, 218d

    MARIALVA (Pedro José Joaquim Vito de Meneses Coutinho) 6th Marqués de, 1765-1823
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1821
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 97-8

    MARNOI (- de)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1789
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 99

    MARSEILLES, France
        Journal entries by Beckford, Oct. 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 42, fol. 13
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 36

    MAURICE (Thomas) 1754-1824
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 51-2

    MAZARIN (Jules) 1602-61
        Sketch by W. Beckford of Mazarin's bed, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 148

    'MENTOR'
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 101-2

    MERLIN (-) bookseller
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1828
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 58-9

    MIDDLE EAST
        Beckford's early reading notes on
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fols. 1-9

    MILFORD Wiltshire
        Plans and sketches by W. Beckford for Milford Villa, 1843
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 134-41

    MILTON (John) 1608-74
        Music composed by W. Beckford to the words 'To the ocean now I fly'
            MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fols. 3-5

    MOLTENO (James -) printseller
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1833
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 103-4

    MONCKTON (Mary) Countess of Cork and Orrery, 1746-1840
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1797?, 1838-9
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fols. 96-101

    MONTEAGLE OF BRANDON, Baron, see Spring-Rice

    MOORE (Thomas) 1779-1852
        Newspaper cuttings relating to his Life of Byron, 1830
            MS. Beckford c. 79, fols. 43-61

    MORLANDS & CO., bankers
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 126v

    MORTON, 17th Earl of, see Douglas (George)

    MOSELEY (Benjamin) 1742-1819
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 117

    MOULTOU (Paul) 1725-87
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 40v-1

    MOUNT EDGCUMBE Cornwall
        Description by W. Beckford of visit to, 1779
            MS. Beckford d. 3

    MOUNT EDGCUMBE, Lady, see Edgcumbe

    MULREADY (William) 1786-1863
        Printed illustrated advertisement for penny postage envelope, 1840
            MS. Beckford c. 71, fol. 80

    MURRAY (Miss -)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fols. 159-60

    MURRAY (The Hon. Col. -)
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 50

    MURRAY (Sir Charles Augustus) 1806-95
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1837
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 119-20

    MUSIC
        Musical works composed and collected by W. Beckford, 1780-1803
            MS. Beckford b. 5
            MSS. Beckford c. 61-2/1-2
            MSS. Beckford f. 3-5

    MUSTERS (Mary) née Chaworth
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 17, fols. 5-10

    NAPIER (Macvey) 1776-1847
        Letter to B. Disraeli, 1834
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 96-7

    NEALE (Erskine) 1804-83
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 121-4

    NÉE DE LA ROCHELLE (Jean François) 1751-1838
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 125-8

    NELSON (Horatio) Viscount Nelson, 1758-1805
        Draft letter from W. Beckford, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 129-30

    NORONHA E MENESES (Manoel de) Grand Prior of Aviz, d. 1794
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1788
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fol. 100

    NOYA (-) Duc de?
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1803
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 131-2

    ORDE (General James)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1819
            MS. Beckford c. 33, fols. 133-4

    ORDE (Maria Margaret Elizabeth), see Beckford (Maria M.E.)

    ORRERY, Countess of, see Monckton (Mary)

    ORSINI-ROSENBERG, Countess, see Wynne

    PACHIAROTTI (Gasparo) 1740-1821
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1780-2
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 4v
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 1-11
        Copy of newspaper report concerning, 1789
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 40
        Copy of part of letter to Fanny Burney, 1780
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 52

    PAGET (Sir Arthur) 1771-1840
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1784, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 12-15

    PAGET (Henry) 1st Earl of Uxbridge, 1744-1812
        Extract of letter from W. Beckford, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 23

    PARIS
        Journal entry by W. Beckford, 1784
            MS. Beckford e. 2, p. 63
        Letters written from, by C. Chardin, 1789-1812
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 89-130b
        Letters written from, by Lady Hamilton, 1821-2
            MS. Beckford c. 38
        Letters written from, by G. Franchi, 1825-6
            MS. Beckford c. 13

    PAYNE & FOSS booksellers, see Foss (Henry)

    PEDLEY (John) d. 1838
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1802-8
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 16-34
        Extract from letter to Fownes & White, 1801
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 95

    PEDLEY (Robert), see Deverell

    PEMBROKE, Earl of, see Herbert

    PERREGAUX (-)
        Letter from W. Beckford, 1813
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 43

    PERREGAUX (Alphonse Claude Charles Bernardin) Comte, 1750-1808
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1799?-1805
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 123
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 37-42

    PETTY-FITZMAURICE (Henry) 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne, 1780-1863
        Letters to the Duke of Hamilton, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 99-104

    PHAETON
        Ouverture du ballet de Phaeton, n.d.
            MS. Beckford b. 5

    PHILLIPS (Henry) auctioneer
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1823-4
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 124
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 44-50
        Sale catalogue, 19 August [1801]
            MS. Beckford d. 27/1

    PHILLIPS (Thomas) 1770-1845
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1811
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 52

    PHIPPS (Edmund) [1760-1837?]
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 54-5

    PICKERSGILL (Henry William) 1782-1875
        Letters to W. Beckford, and note of payment, 1840
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 56-9

    PIGNATELLI (Alfonse)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1806
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fol. 126

    PIGNATELLI (Luis[?]) Comte de Fuentes et Egmond
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1803-8, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fol. 112?
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 116-52
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 30v
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 41v

    PIGOTT (Harriet) 1766-1846
        Letters to E. English, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 61-4

    PIGOTT (Robert) 1736-94
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 65-72
        Copy of letter from Beckford, 1786
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 105-6

    PINKERTON (John) 1758-1826
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 48-9

    PITT (Hester) Baroness Chatham, 1720-1803
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 27, fols. 133-4

    PITT (William) 1st Earl of Chatham, 1708-78
        Letter to W. Beckford (senior), 1770
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 11-12

    PITT (William) 1759-1806
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1778, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 46-8, 68-9, 79-80
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 3
        Copy of letter to N. Williams, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 48v

    PITT family
        Petition concerning W. Beckford. 1772
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 13

    PLUMMER & WILSON solicitors
        Copies of letters to and from Fownes & White, 1820-30
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 105b-d, 134-5, 143

    POIVRE (Pierre) 1719-86
        Note concerning, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 67v

    PORDEN (Charles Ferdinand) 1790-1863
        Letter to G. Franchi, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 73

    PORTLAND, Duke of, see Bentinck

    PORTUGAL
        Journals of W. Beckford, 1787
            MS. Beckford c. 43
            MS. Beckford d. 5
            MS. Beckford e. 2
        Drafts of Sketches by Beckford
            MS. Beckford c. 44
            MS. Beckford d. 6

    POTSDAM, Prussia
        Journal by Mme. de Starck of visit, 1797
            MS. Beckford d. 28, fols. 61-100

    PRATT (Lady Elizabeth) d. 1826
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 83-4

    PULMAN (James) 1783-1859
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1805, 1842-3
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fol. 44
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 85-91

    QUIRINI (Angelo)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 93-6

    RADNOR, Earls of, see Bouverie family

    RAMSAY (Lt.-Gen. -.)
        Visiting-card?, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 97

    RAPHAEL 1483-1520
        Printed account of Raphael drawings in the 'Lawrence Gallery', n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 175-7

    'RCB', see Red copy book

    READE (John Edmund) 1800-70
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1838-9
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 98-103
        Letter to M. Monckton, Lady Cork, 1839?
            MS. Beckford c. 28, fol. 101v

    READING (J.J.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1825
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 104-5

    RECIPES
        Of a member of the Hamilton family, 1799-1802
            MS. Beckford g. 1

    RED COPY BOOK
        Letter-book of W. Beckford, 1777-91
            MS. Beckford e. 1

    REDDING (Cyrus) 1785-1870
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1835-6
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 106-9
        'Memoirs of William Beckford', c. 1845-7
            MSS. Beckford c. 85-6
        Reviews by, 1835
            MS. Beckford b. 6, fols. 151-8

    REINHARDT (C.F.)
        Latin poem on the death of Lady Margaret Beckford, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 111-12

    RENOUARD (Antoine Augustin) 1765-1853
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1825
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 113-14

    REPTON (Humphry) 1752-1818
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 32

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil
        Letters written from, 1814-19
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 112-14, 117-24, 126-9

    RIVERS (Rev. David)
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 31

    ROBERT (Hubert) 1733-1808
        Letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 115-16

    ROBINS (George Henry) 1778-1847
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1839?
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 117

    ROCHE (H.) author of poem on Waterloo [?J. Hamilton Roche]
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 119

    ROGERS (Samuel) 1763-1855
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1817-18
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 120-5
        Notes of readings to, 1840s
            MS. Beckford c. 18 passim
        Presentation copy of Italy (1823) to Beckford
            MS. Beckford Arch. H e. 54 (see Introduction under 'Related Material', item 9)
        Newspaper cutting removed from above volume
            MS. Beckford c. 83, fol. 192

    ROHAN CHABOT (Louis François Auguste) Duc de, 1788-1833
        Letter to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 126-8

    ROME
        Letters written from, by G. Franchi, 1825
            MS. Beckford c. 13

    ROSCOE (Thomas) 1791-1871
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, and letter concerning Roscoe, 1848
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 109-11

    ROSENBERG, Countess, see Wynne

    ROSSI (John Charles Felix) 1762-1839
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1822
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 134-5

    ROUSSEAU (Jean Jacques) 1712-78
        Italian translation of parts of Contrat social, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 87

    ROYAL LITERARY FUND
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1848
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 111

    RUNDELL, BRIDGE & RUNDELL, jewellers
        Bill and receipt, to W. Beckford, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 136-7

    RUNIAH
        'Histoire de la peguane Runiah'
            MS. Beckford c. 48, fols. 69-70

    RUSSELL (Gertrude) Lady Bedford, d. 1794
        Letters to and from W. Beckford
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fols. 71-2

    RUTHERFORD (R.)
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1839
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 113

    RUTTER (John) 1796-1851
        For reading-note said to be on verso of letter to Rutter, see MS. Beckford c. 27, fol. 15cv

    SACCHINI (Antonio Maria Gaspero Gioacchino) 1730-86
        Aria, 'Poveri affetti miei'
            MS. Beckford f. 4

    ST. ALBANS, Viscount, see Bacon (Francis)

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia
        Italian translation of part of a novel concerning a journey to, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford c. 87

    SALISBURY
        Festival of music, Salisbury, 1804. The grand selection of sacred music
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 152-9
        Letters concerning lease of land from Bishop of, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 39

    SANTA-CRUZ (Maria Anna Walstein Wurtemburg) Marquesa de, b. 1756
        Letters to W. Beckford, with notes of replies, 1788-9
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fols. 93-193

    SARNEY (-)
        Letter from G.F. Beltz, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 3-4

    SARTORIUS (Sir George Rose) 1790-1885
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1838
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 1-3

    SAUSSURE (Horace Bénédict de) 1740-99
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 37v-8

    SAUVAN (Philippe) 1698-1789
        Note mentioning him, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fol. 68

    SAVOY
        Journal entries by W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford e. 2

    SCHOLL (Frederick) c.1757-1835
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1790-1834
            MS. Beckford c. 11, fols. 58-9
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 13-14
            MS. Beckford c. 25
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 71-8?
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 112-13
        Letter to P.J. Ehrhart, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fols. 12-13
        Letter to Lady Hamilton, 1829
            MS. Beckford c. 25, fols. 105a-c

    SCOTT (Robert)
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1831
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 114

    SENEBIER (Jean) 1742-1809
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fol. 39

    SEQUEIRA (Domingos António de) 1768-1837
        Drawing possibly by, 1826
            MS. Beckford c. 13, fol. 89

    SEWELL (Robert) official Agent for Jamaica
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1796
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 4

    SEYMOUR (Georgiana) [later Mme. de Durfort?]
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1778-81
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 6-23

    SIGOURNEY (Lydia Howard), see Huntley

    SISTON COURT, Gloucestershire
        Drawing by W. Beckford, c. 1822?
            MS. Beckford c. 12, fol. 91v

    SMITH (John) 1749-1831
        Letters perhaps from, to W. Beckford, 1820
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 24-7

    SMITH (Sydney) 1771-1845
        Cuttings of letters to Morning Chronicle, 1842
            MS. Beckford c. 76, fols. 61-4

    SMITH (William) 1808-76
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1841-3
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 28-51
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1847
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 116

    SOANE (Sir John) 1753-1837
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1832
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 52-4
        Drawings for Fonthill, 1788, n.d.
            MS. Beckford a. 1
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fols. 1-2
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 111-12

    SÖDER nr. Hildesheim, Germany
        Description, 'Sur la galerie de Söder', late 18th cent?
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 83-4

    SOMERSET, Dukes of, see Beaufort family

    SOUSA COUTINHO (Domingos António de) Marqués do Funchal, 1760-1833
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1806-32
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 57-93

    SOUSA COUTINHO (Luis Pinto) Visconde de Balsemão, 1735-1804
        Letter to Marqués de Marialva, 1787
            MS. Beckford c. 24, fols. 12-13

    SOUSA COUTINHO (Vicente de) Portuguese ambassador to Paris
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1789
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 55-6

    SOUTER (D. Robertson)
        Letters to and from the Duke of Hamilton, 1848
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fols. 117-22

    SPAIN
        Journals of W. Beckford, 1787, 1795
            MS. Beckford c. 43
            MS. Beckford d. 5
            MS. Beckford e. 2
        Drafts of Sketches,
            MS. Beckford c. 44

    SPRING-RICE (Thomas) 1st Baron Monteagle of Brandon, 1790-1866
        Letter to the Duke of Hamilton, 1844
            MS. Beckford c. 39, fol. 107

    STAËL-HOLSTEIN (Germaine Necker) Baronne de, 1766-1817
        Letters to W. Beckford, c. 1782-5?
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 94-7
        'Paris in 1784 by Lucan & Mme.Necker'
            MS. Beckford c. 18, fols. 39-54

    STANHOPE (E.F.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1781
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 98-9

    STARCK (Anne Marie de Fauques de La Cepede de Vaucluse de) 1720-1804
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1783?-1802
            MS. Beckford c. 16, p. 30
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 100-10
            MS. Beckford c. 47, fol. 77
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 24
        Copy of letter to [Lady Craven?], 1791?
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 101v-2
        Letter possibly to J. Lettice, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 42, fol. 5
        Letter from Sir W. Jones, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 112
        Letter from Lady Craven, 1791
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 29-30
        Copy of journal, visit to Potsdam, 1797
            MS. Beckford d. 28, fols. 61-100
        Transcripts by
            MS. Beckford d. 12, fols. 1-9
            MS. Beckford d. 14
            MSS. Beckford d. 23-6 passim
        Copy of obituary inscription, 1804
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 111
        Memoirs of, by H. de Starck
            MS. Beckford d. 28

    STARCK (Henry Savile de)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1804-11, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 113-35
        Letter concerning his illness, 1815
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 136-7
        Memoirs of Mme. de Starck, early 19th cent.
            MS. Beckford d. 28

    STEWART (Lady Euphemia) d. 1818
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781-6
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 138-42

    STILL (James Charles) solicitor to J. Farquhar
        Copies of letters to and from Fownes & White, 1826
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fol. 141

    STILL (John) d. 1839
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 143

    STRAFFORD, Earl of, see Wentworth

    STRAWBERRY HILL
        Letters and cuttings concerning sales, 1842-3
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 28-51
            MS. Beckford c. 81

    STUART (John Sobieski Stolberg) 1795?-1872
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fols. 145-7

    SUSSEX, Duke of, see Augustus Frederick

    SWITZERLAND
        Journal entries by W. Beckford, 1778, 1783
            MS. Beckford e. 2

    TAGOAHY, Vicondessa de, see Bezerra (Isabel S.)

    THORNTON (Theophilus) bookseller
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1787, 1795
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 28-36
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 1-2
            MS. Beckford c. 55, fol. 49v
            MS. Beckford b. 8, fol. 18
        Note concerning, 1789
            MS. Beckford c. 32, fol. 114v

    THORPE (Thomas) bookseller, d. 1851
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1833
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 3-4

    THURLOW (Edward) 1st Baron Thurlow, 1731-1806
        Letters and copies of letters to and from W. Beckford, 1781-98, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 49-66, 70-8
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 5-17
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 34-43

    TIFFIN (W.B.) printseller
        Bill to W. Beckford, 1835
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 18

    TITSINGH (Isaac) 1745-1812
        Account of Japan, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 91-6

    TRAPPE (- de la) Abbé
        Draft of letter from W. Beckford, 1816?
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 19

    TRESHAM (Henry) 1749?-1814
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1781, 1799-1802
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 20-30

    TRONCHIN (Jean Robert) 1710-93
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fol. 38

    TURKEY
        Turkish devotional book, 17th/18th cent.
            MS. Beckford g. 2

    TURNEY (George)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 31

    TURRETTINI (Gédéon) 1723-82
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fol. 40

    UXBRIDGE, Earl of, see Paget

    VALLTRAVERS (Roderick) 'F.R.S.'
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 32-5

    VAUCLUSE (Mme.de.), see Starck

    VENTURI (Fedele)
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1824-9
            MS. Beckford c. 13, fol. 26
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 36-7

    VERDEIL (François) 1747-1832
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1789-96
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 12-13
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 38-67
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 42v
            MS. Beckford e. 1, pp. 110-11

    VERNET (Jacob) 1698-1789
        Account of, by W. Beckford, 1778
            MS. Beckford d. 9, fols. 41-2

    VERNET (Joseph) 1714-89
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1783
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 68-9

    VERNON (Henry)
        Letter to Lady Craven, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 29, fols. 74-5

    VEVEY, Switzerland
        Testimonial of citizens on W. Beckford's behalf, 1786
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 5-6

    VILLANOVA (Thomas Antonio de)
        Copy of letter to Isabel Bezerra, 1819
            MS. Beckford c. 26, fol. 130

    WADSWORTH (James) 1768-1844
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 70-1
        Copy of letter from Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 24-9

    WAKEFIELD (Gilbert) 1756-1801
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1799
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 29, 33

    WALKER (-)
        Copy of letter from W. Beckford, [1807]
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 72

    WALPOLE (Robert) 1781-1856
        Letter, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fol. 108

    WALTER (Mrs. Nevill)
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 16, pp. 14-17

    WARTON (Thomas) 1728-90
        Note and signature on a fly-leaf, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fol. 111

    WENTWORTH (William) 4th Earl of Strafford, 1722-91
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1784
            MS. Beckford c. 35, fol. 144

    WEST (Benjamin) 1738-1820
        Letters to W. Beckford, 1790-1816
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 73-89
        Draft letter from Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fol. 90

    WHARTON (Richard)
        Letter, [1819?]
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 109-10

    WHITE (Richard Samuel)
        Correspondence with W. Beckford, see Fownes & White

        Accounts with White & Son as Beckford's executor, 1844-8
            MS. Beckford c. 59
        Agreements concerning property of Beckford, 1846
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fols. 101-4

    WHITE (William Lambert)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1807
            MS. Beckford c. 36, fols. 92-5

    WHITE & CAREW, solicitors, see Fownes & White

    WHITE & FOWNES, solicitors, see Fownes & White

    WHITE & SON, solicitors
        Accounts with Lady Hamilton and R.S. White, 1844-8
            MS. Beckford c. 59

    WILDMAN (Henry)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1797-1802
            MS. Beckford c. 14, fols. 27-28c?
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 37-8
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 30-7

    WILDMAN (James)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1790-6
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 15-16, 28-9

    WILDMAN (Thomas)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1786-95, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 25
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 1-14, 17-27, 38-9
        Letter-books, see Introduction under 'Related Material', items 2-3

    WILLIAM The Conqueror, 1027-87
        'The speech of William the Conqueror to his army...' by W. Beckford, c.1774
            MS. Beckford e. 3, pp. 109-19

    WILLIAMS (John) publisher?
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1832
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 40-1

    WILLIAMS (Capt. Nicholas)
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1796-7
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fols. 39-42
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 42-5
        Copy of letter from W. Pitt, 1797
            MS. Beckford c. 15, fol. 48v
        Letters from G.F. Beltz, 1800
            MS. Beckford c. 19, fols. 1-2, 7-8

    WILLIAMS (Mrs. S.)
        Letter to W. Beckford, 1802
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 46-7

    WITHAM PRIORY, Somerset
        Abstract of deeds, 1798
            MS. Beckford c. 88

    WOODBURN (Samuel) art-dealer
        Receipt to G. Franchi, 1827
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fol. 84

    WYATT (James) 1746-1813
        Copies of letters from W. Beckford, 1791-1801, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 48-55
        Cutting of letter from Wyatt to the British Press, 1823
            MS. Beckford c. 82, fol. 49
        Plans for Fonthill grounds, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 84, fol. 110

    WYNNE (Augusta)
        Aria by W. Beckford addressed to
            MS. Beckford c. 62/1, fols. 47-52

    WYNNE (Giustiniana) Contessa d'Orsini-Rosenberg, 1737-91
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1781-4
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 129-33
        Letter possibly concerning her, 1782
            MS. Beckford c. 34, fols. 93-6

    YONGE (Sir George) 5th Bart., 1731-1812
        Letters to and from W. Beckford, 1783-4
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 56-64

    YORK
        Description by W. Beckford of visit to, 1779
            MS. Beckford d. 3

    ZAMOYSKI (Stanislas Kotska Franz Reinhold) 1775-1856
        Letter from 'Le Comte... Zamoyski' to W. Beckford, n.d.
            MS. Beckford c. 37, fols. 65-6

    ZINCKE (Frederick B.)
        Copy of letter to Fownes & White, 1813
            MS. Beckford c. 30, fols. 195-205


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