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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 67

Edmund Burke letters


Seventeen letters from political philosopher Edmund Burke to a variety of correspondents.


  • Creation: 1762-1797

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes seventeen autograph letters by Burke to a variety of correspondents. It also includes a single signed receipt from Burke to the publishing firm of R. and J. Dodsley.

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was a Whig political philosopher. Among his many publications were A Vindication of Natural Society (1756), On Moving his Resolutions for Conciliation with the American Colonies (1774), and Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). He served in the Parliament from 1765 to 1794, and was an early member of the Literary Club in London, with Samuel Johnson.


Arranged alphabetically by recipient.

Physical Location

b (shelved with MS Hyde 66)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2003JM-58 (part). Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Related Materials

The Houghton Library also holds a small collection of Edward Burke Papers (MS Eng 961), including three autograph Burke letters.


All of the letters in this collection were published in the ten-volume Correspondence of Edmund Burke, Thomas Copeland et al, eds. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1958-1978). The receipt to R. and J. Dodsley was not published.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797. Edmund Burke letters: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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