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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 4

William Huggins papers


Correspondence of translator William Huggins with Tobias Smollett and William Hogarth, and other papers.


  • 1755-1819
  • Majority of material found within 1755-1761

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 consists of eighteen letters addressed to William Huggins (mostly from painter William Hogarth and author Tobias George Smollett); five related letters, 1757-1761 and undated; a volume of estate papers from 1761 to 1775; and two related documents, 1777 and post-1819.

Biographical / Historical

William Huggins (1696-1761) of Headley Park in Hampshire, England was an early translator of Italian works into English. He published a translation of Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso in 1757, and attempted a translation of Dante.

Physical Location



In 1952 Jan., some of these papers were sold by Robert Goulbourne Parker (1900-1979) of Browsholme Hall in Lancashire to Donald and Mary Hyde. An additional seven letters from Smollett to Huggins, with two copied Huggins letters and two related Huggins documents, descended in the Huggins family to Janet Heatley Blunt (1859-1950) of Adderbury Manor, Banbury by 1936. After her death in 1950, they passed into the hands of Lady Mabel Linda, who had them auctioned by Sotheby's, where they were purchased by Donald and Mary Hyde on 1952 May 20 (Lots 326 through 332). The provenance of the estate volume is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*2003JM-58 (part), *2003JM-155. All material from *2003JM-58 unless otherwise noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Separated Materials

Originally with this collection were two letters from Samuel Johnson to William Huggins, now in the Samuel Johnson Letters, MS Hyde 1, item (52). Also acquired by the Hydes with the Parker purchase were miscellaneous letters addressed to Giuseppe Baretti, George Holme, and Thomas Monkhouse, now cataloged as the Robert Goulbourne Parker Collection (MS Hyde 79).

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler
Link to catalog
Huggins, William, 1696-1761. William Huggins papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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