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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 1156

Sir Egerton Brydges letters and other papers


Letters from British editor and genealogist Egerton Brydges, mostly to his solicitors, with a few additional papers.


  • 1782-1837

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.


.5 linear feet (1 box)
Chiefly letters by Brydges to his solicitors Brooks, Grane & Company concerning his financial needs and business matters, but also peppered with philosophical and political discussions and news of Brydges' health problems. Some letters indicate a troubled relationship, including arguments regarding financial settlements, as well as the nature of Brydges' relationship with the firm. Includes a few letters from Brydges to other recipients, a sonnet and a manuscript fragment by Brydges, a few letters to Brydges from various correspondents, and 2 engraved portraits of Brydges. The letter from Brydges, dated 5 Oct. 1820, includes genealogical charts with heraldic devices.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Egerton Brydges was a British editor of early English literature and a genealogist.


Arrangement is primarily chronological.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

60M-214. Obtained from Seven Gables Bookshop; received: 1961.
Brydges, Egerton, Sir, 1762-1837. Sir Egerton Brydges letters and other papers, 1782-1837: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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