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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 79

Robert Goulbourne Parker collection


Correspondence of Giuseppe Baretti, George Holme, and Thomas Monkhouse, concerning translations of Italian works and other topics.


  • Creation: 1707-1777
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1707-1764

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.1 linear feet (1 box)

Each of the three series relates at least tangentially to the village of Headley, in Hampshire, England, south of Farnham. Other than this local angle, a recurring thread is translation of Italian literary works.

Biographical / Historical

George Holme (ca. 1676-1765) attended Queen's College, Oxford, receiving his B.A. in 1699 and M.A. in 1702. He served as chaplain to the English merchants at Algiers circa 1707 to 1709, before receiving his D.D. in 1718. From 1718 until his death in 1765, he served as the rector of Headley in Hampshire. Rev. Holme was succeeded briefly at Headley by Thomas Monkhouse (1726?-1793), another graduate of Queen's College. Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti (1719-1789) collaborated with William Huggins (1696-1761) of Headley on a 1755 translation of Lodovico Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, using Temple Henry Croker as an intermediary.

Biographical data on Holme and Monkhouse can be found in John Richard Magrath's The Queen's College (Oxford: Clarenden Press, 1921), 116.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence of Giuseppe Baretti
  2. II. Correspondence of George Holme
  3. III. Correspondence of Thomas Monkhouse

Physical Location

b (shelved with MS Hyde 80)


This collection was formerly the property of Col. Robert Goulbourne Parker (1900-1979), the son of Col. John William Robinson Parker (1857-1938). His family had occupied Browsholme Hall in Lancashire, England continuously since the sixteenth century. No family connection has been established between Parker and the principals in this collection.

Robert Goulbourne Parker sold the collection to Donald and Mary Hyde in 1952.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

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

Separated Materials

Originally with this collection were 14 letters to William Huggins, now forming a large part of the William Huggins Papers (MS Hyde 4); and two letters from Samuel Johnson to Huggins, now in the Samuel Johnson Letters (MS Hyde 1), item (52).

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Parker, Robert Goulbourne, 1900-1979. Robert Goulbourne Parker collection: Guide.
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