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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Eng 850

George Potter notes and letters concerning Thomas Britton


Letters and notes concerning the library of London coal dealer Thomas Britton.


  • 1687-1927
  • Majority of material found within 1877-1927

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.5 linear feet (2 boxes)

Includes correspondence addressed to George Potter and the Arts and Crafts furniture designer Sir Ambrose Heal from Philip James, the librarian of the Victoria and Albert Museum, and Julian Marshall. Also includes notes concerning the library of Britton and one land deed for property near that of Thomas Britton.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Britton was a London coal dealer, book collector, and musician.


Arranged chiefly alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

42M-637 and 42M-638. Purchased with the Friends of the Library fund; received: 1943 April 2.

Potter, George. George Potter notes and letters concerning Thomas Britton, 1687-1927: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

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