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Collection Level Description: Letters of Robert Southey

Reference: MSS. Don. d. 3-5
Title: Letters of Robert Southey
Dates of Creation: 1798-1839
Extent: 3 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Robert Southey (1774-1843) was a poet, journalist and biographer. His brother, Henry Herbert Southey (1783-1865), was a physician. Details are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and Content

Letters from Robert Southey to his brother Henry. The letters to his brother printed in J.W. Warter, Selections from the letters of Robert Southey (London, 1856) are not in this collection.

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The papers were bought at Sotheby's in 1927 and given to the Library by the Friends of the Bodleian.

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Further Information

Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 38982-4.

Related Units of Description

See also Correspondence between Robert Southey and Grosvenor Charles Bedford.

Access Points

Southey | Henry Herbert | 1783-1865 | Physician

Southey | Robert | 1774-1843 | Poet, Journalist, and Biographer

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