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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1247.1

Sir John Bowring letters from various correspondents and other papers


Letters to British linguist John Bowring pertaining to diplomatic, commercial, and political matters. Also includes poems in Icelandic, Swedish, and Latin.


  • 1798-1865

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English, Swedish, Icelandic, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

Contains letters to Bowring from British correspondents, including government figures and foreign correspondents. Letters pertain to diplomatic, commercial, and political matters, and to his travels and writings. Also includes manuscripts of poems in Icelandic, Swedish, and Latin; and translations of Icelandic poems.

Biographical / Historical

Bowring was a British linguist, diplomat, and author.


Organized into the following series:

  1. I. Letters to Sir John Bowring
  2. II. Other letters and manuscripts

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

66M-102. Purchased with assistance from Mr. Robert H. Taylor; received: 1967 February 7.

Bowring, John, Sir, 1792-1872, recipient. Sir John Bowring letters from various correspondents and other papers, 1798-1865: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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