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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1313

Henry Francis Cary letters to Anna Seward


Letters to English poet Anna Seward from English biographer Henry Francis Cary.


  • 1788-1847
  • Majority of material found in 1788-1796

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 volume)

Includes letters from Cary to Seward concerning Cary’’s poetry, Seward’’s poetry, Italian poetry in general, and the nomination of Cary as a fellow at Oriel College with a list of current fellows. These letters also mention the writings of Spencer, Rousseau, Milton, Dante, among others. Most of the letters also include verses by Cary.

Biographical / Historical

Cary was an English biographer and translator, as well as an Anglican minister and a librarian. Anna Seward was an English poet and author.


Arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

*75M-26. Gift of Franklin H. Kissner; received: 1975 November 6.

Cary, Henry Francis, 1772-1844. Henry Francis Cary letters to Anna Seward: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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