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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Hyde 6

David Garrick papers


Sixteen autograph letters by Garrick and ten letters received by him, mostly concerning theatrical and literary matters; and drafts of three poems.


  • 1749-1778

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.5 linear feet (1 box)

Series I, Correspondence, includes sixteen autograph letters by Garrick, and ten letters received by him. Prominent correspondents include Oliver Goldsmith, John Hawkesworth, Samuel Johnson, Hannah More, Arthur Murphy, and Thomas Percy. Many of the letters concern Garrick's theatrical career, and the literary efforts of other authors.

Series II, Manuscripts, consists of drafts of epitaphs which Garrick composed for Charles Holland and William Hogarth, as well as a transcript of his poem Upon Dr. Cadogan's Blaspheming Shakespear.

Biographical / Historical

David Garrick (1717-1779) was raised in Lichfield, England, where he briefly studied under Samuel Johnson. Johnson and Garrick relocated in London together in 1737. Garrick soon became a leading actor, playwright and theatrical producer. From 1747 to 1776, he was a partner in the Drury Lane Theatre. He married Eva Marie Veigel in 1749.


Arranged into the following series:

  1. I. Correspondence
  2. II. Manuscripts

The correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Letters to and from Garrick are interfiled chronologically where both sides of the correspondence are represented.

Physical Location

b (shelved with bMS Hyde 7)

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 two letters from Samuel Johnson to Garrick in MS Hyde 1, item (36); a letter from James Boswell to Garrick in MS Hyde 2, item (16); a letter from Elizabeth Robinson Montagu to Garrick in MS Hyde 7, item (4); Garrick's manuscript Why Goldsmith Wrote Retaliation, MS Hyde 18; a presentation manuscript of Garrick's satire Lethe, MS Hyde 19; and a letter from Giuseppe Baretti to Garrick in MS Hyde 66, item (5).


  • Boaden, James, ed. The Private Correspondence of David Garrick (London: Colburn & Bentley, 1831)
  • Garrick, David. Poetical Works of David Garrick (London: George Kearsley, 1785)
  • Knapp, Mary E. Checklist of Verse by David Garrick (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 1955).
  • Little, David M.; and George M. Kahrl, eds. The Letters of David Garrick (Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1963)

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Garrick, David, 1717-1779. David Garrick papers, 1749-1778: Guide.
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