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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 85

John Wilson Croker correspondence


Correspondence of politician and writer John Wilson Croker, mostly concerning his interest in Samuel Johnson and his revised edition of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.


  • 1809-1847
  • Majority of material found within 1829-1847

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes eight letters by Croker, and sixteen letters received by him. Almost all of the letters relate to Croker's interest in Samuel Johnson, including several relating to his edition of The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. Only two letters, of modest consequence, relate to Croker's service as Admiralty Secretary: items (1) and (2). Correspondents of note include Jane Langton, daughter of Bennet Langton, items (3) and (8); John Russell, Earl Russell, item (14); and Richard Wellesley, Marquess Wellesley, item (17).

Biographical / Historical

John Wilson Croker (1780-1857) was a native of Galway, Ireland. He moved to London as a young man, served as Secretary to the Admiralty from 1809 to 1830, and wrote on a wide variety of topics. In 1831, he published a new annotated edition of James Boswell's The Life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D.


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location

b (shelved with MS Hyde 86)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003JM-58 (part) and 2003JM-64 (part). All items are 2003JM-58 unless noted. Bequest of Mary Hyde Eccles, Four Oaks Farm, Somerville, New Jersey; received: 2004.

Related Materials

Several related items are also part of the Hyde Collection, including a letter from Croker to John Murray in MS Hyde 2, item (2); a note by Croker in MS Hyde 25, item (9); a letter possibly from Jane Langton to Croker in MS Hyde 47, item (4); a note by Croker in MS Hyde 50, item (23); one item in MS Hyde 76; and two items in MS Hyde 77.

Processing Information

Processed by: Rick Stattler

Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857. John Wilson Croker correspondence, 1809-1847: Guide.
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