Catalogue of the papers of Henry Salt, 1886-1906

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Research papers of Henry Salt on James Thomson, 1886-1906

Correspondence and notes of Henry Salt concerning the poet James Thomson, 1886-1906.

Shelfmarks: MSS. Eng. c. 2383-4

Biographical History

Henry Shakespear Stevens Salt (1851-1939), author and naturalist - see Dictionary of National Biography.

Scope and content

Research papers of Henry Salt for his book on James Thomson (1834-82). Salt contacted many friends and acquaintances of Thomson in the quest for information. Many of the replies he received can be seen in MS. Eng. c. 2383. Salt also interviewed several people and was granted access to diaries and journals of Thomson in the possession of J.W. Barrs, many of whose Thomson papers are in the Bodleian - see M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers Summary Catalogue of Post-medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, vol. 1 (Oxford, 1991), nos. 38864-911.


Given by Nicolas Walter, 1990.

Descriptive List

Letters to Salt, 1886-1906
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2383
Extent: 109 leaves

Scope and Content:

Including letters from

  • (fols. 49-50, 88, 107-8) Bertram Dobell, 1888-1906

Papers, 1888-98
Shelfmark: MS. Eng. c. 2384
Extent: 42 leaves

Scope and Content:


  • (fols. 1-27) notes from interviews with friends of James Thomson, 1888-98, including (fol. 1) Charles Bradlaugh, 1888
  • (fols. 28-32) copies of extracts from Thomson's diaries and notebooks, 1861-79
  • (fols. 39-41) copies of Thomson's correspondence, 1879-80

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