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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 526

Richard Brinsley Sheridan letters to Hester Jane Ogle Sheridan


Autograph manuscript letters from English dramatist and member of Parliament, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, sent to his second wife, Hester Jane Ogle Sheridan.


  • 1797-1804 and undated

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

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.2 linear feet (1 box)
Includes eight autograph manuscript letters from Richard Sheridan to his wife, Hester Sheridan. Some letters include typescript transcripts; the origin of the transcripts is not known.

Biographical / Historical

Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816) was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in London. He became the manager and part-owner of the Drury Lane Theatre in 1776. He wrote several plays, including the comedies The Rivals (1775) and The School for Scandal (1780). He also served as a Minister of Parliament from 1780 to 1812.

Sheridan's second wife was Hester Jane Ogle (born ca. 1775 - died 1817) whom he called "Hecca," the daughter of the dean of Winchester. They married on 1795 April 27.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

55M-130. Purchased with the Frank E. Chase fund from Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 11 Grafton Street, London W.1, England; received: 1956 January 31.

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Link to catalog
Sheridan, Richard Brinsley, 1751-1816. Richard Brinsley Sheridan letters to Hester Jane Ogle Sheridan, circa 1797-1804: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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