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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1202

William Robson correspondence


Correspondence by and about English historian and translator William Robson, including fundraising for his annuity.


  • 1855-1863

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

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


.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Includes correspondence between Robson and friends and colleagues, especially T.F. (Thomas Francis) Dillon Croker. Part of this collection concerns the raising of funds for Robson's annuity. Includes manuscript by Robson and advertisements for the appeal for his annuity funds.

Biographical / Historical

Robson (1785-1863) was an English schoolmaster, author, and translator. In later life, Robson fell into poverty. Routledge, the publisher, raised through public subscription, a fund to purchase an annuity for him. Robson died on 17 November 1863, before he could use the annuity.


Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequest of E.J. Wendell; received: 1918.
Robson, William, 1785-1863. William Robson correspondence, 1855-1863: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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