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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 81

Samuel Richardson papers

Letters by author and printer Samuel Richardson discussing his novels and fellow authors; with three annuity receipts.


  • 1715-1759
  • Majority of material found within 1748-1759

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (1 box)

This collection includes nine letters and three annuity receipts. The letters were all written after the publication of Clarissa, and most of them relate to Richardson's literary and publishing careers. Richardson discusses Clarissa in items (3) and (4). Other letters discuss fellow authors Christopher Smart and Mary Leapor, item (1); Edward Young, item (5); and Thomas Edwards, item (6).

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Richardson (1689-1761) was raised in Derbyshire and became a printer in London. He published three novels: Pamela (1740), Clarissa (1747), and Sir Charles Grandison (1753).


Arranged alphabetically.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2003JM-58 (part). 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 four letters from Samuel Johnson to Richardson in MS Hyde 1, item (98); one letter from Thomas Edwards to Richardson in MS Hyde 75; three letters addressed to Richardson in MS Hyde 76; and four letters by Richardson in MS Hyde 77.

T.C. Duncan Eaves and Ben D. Kimpel, Samuel Richardson: A Biography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971)

Processing Information

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Link to catalog
Richardson, Samuel, 1689-1761. Samuel Richardson papers, 1715-1759: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

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