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Transactions of the Philobiblon Society

On the spine is stamped ‘Philobiblon Society’ and, at the foot, ‘1876.’ The contents are minutes of meetings, etc. (as in Crewe MS 17).

In the list below, only the first page of each item is indicated. The addresses are in London unless indicated otherwise. The member associated with each address is identified only on its first occurrence.

Loose inside front cover: Five printed copies of the rules of the Society, in various versions and states.

Loose inside front cover: Printed circular letter from Richard Monckton Milnes to the original members of the Philobiblon Society, 14 July 1853, with draft rules appended.

p. vii: Printed section title: ‘Meetings.’

p. 3: Minutes of a meeting on 8 July 1876 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park (residence of John Murray).

p. 7: Minutes of a meeting on 12 May 1877 at 24 Arlington Street (residence of Lord Houghton).

p. 12: Abortive minutes of a meeting on 23 June 1877 at St Dunstan’s, Regent’s Park (residence of Henry H. Gibbs).
(Struck through in pencil and marked ‘See p. 20’.)

p. 20: Minutes of a meeting on 23 June 1877 (as above).

p. 25: Minutes of a meeting on 2 Mar. 1877 at 6 Clifford Street (residence of Lord Houghton).

p. 27: Minutes of a meeting on 30 Mar. 1878 at 62 Rutland Gate (residence of Henry Reeve).

p. 30: Minutes of a meeting on 13 Apr. 1878 at 27 Queen’s Gate (residence of F. W. Cosens).

p. 33: Minutes of a meeting on 18 May 1878 at [1 Park Square, Regent’s Park?].
(The place of meeting is identified simply as ‘the Chambers of R. S. Turner’.)

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Leaf from the Cornhill Magazine, containing part of an article by Henry H. Wood entitled ‘Jottings from the Note-Book of an Undeveloped Collector’

Includes references to the Milton manuscript in the Library of Trinity College, Cambridge, the contract between Milton and Simmons for the printing of Paradise Lost (see ff. 26–7 above), and the conveyance from Milton to Cyriack Skinner owned by Monckton Milnes. The last was bought by Monckton Milnes at Samuel Weller Singer’s sale at Sotheby’s on 3 August 1858 (lot 75), and was sold by his descendants in at Christie’s on 23 November 2011 (lot 22).

Letter from Caroline Duff Gordon to Lord Houghton

34 Hertford Street, W.—Praises his article on Miss Berry in the Quarterly Review.

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34 Hertford St: W.
Wednesday 24 Janry 1866

My dear Lord Houghton.

I can’t resist writing to you, to tell you how much pleasure yr. article on Miss Berry in the Quarty. Revw. has given me—It is so true in all that regards Her Character—& the cause of the great agreeability (and Comfortable agreeability) of Her House! one never knew exactly, why, One was happier in her Salon than elsewhere—for often the People were common place enough—though at other times brilliant—but she and poor Agnes (whom Lord Dover called the wrong side of the Tapestry) had the talent of relivening one’s individual self—and one felt that one was pleasant oneself if nobody else was! This feeling died with 8 Curzon St.!!

I will not plague you with any more prose but with my Love to Annabel and thanks for her Letter

Yours sincerely
Caroline Duff Gordon

When all was over & the Scene dropped in Curzon St. I very much wished to persuade Many of her oldest friends who knew Her early Life—and all who had known Her latterly—to write their feelings & estimate of Her character—and of the society in which she delighted to dwell—& then for some one (I wished Lady Morley) to form these sketches to make a Book—no one, would listen to me—I only wrote my own knowlege† (from 1812 to the time of their Death with the exception of the Years 3½ that I spent in Spain from the end of 1813 to 1817—so this (besides my real love for them) gives me a double feeling in all that is now written about Her.

CDS

A true Woman’s PS—longer than the real Letter—scusi

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† Sic.

Letter from Herman Merivale to Lord Houghton

India Office.—Queries the identification of a character in Cyril Thornton with General O’Hara.

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India Office.
Jan. 24. 66

Dear Lord Houghton

I have been studying your “suggestive” article on the Miss Berrys {1}, if yours it is, and am much puzzled with one passage in it. You say the “bachelor” described in Cyril Thornton {2} is General O’Hara: but described as “of the age of sixty seven.” If so, the General must have been 67 at least—say about 70—when he died. But he died in 1802. Could he have been described by Horace Walpole in 1791, at sixty, as “with his face as ruddy and black and his teeth as white as ever!”? and could he have been between sixty and seventy when he made a fool of himself at Toulon against Napoleon? and when he made love to Miss Berry, which would have been making more of a fool of himself still? I cannot help thinking ther is some mistake of date, but I have not Cyril Thornton at hand.

Very truly yours
H. Merivale

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{1} Houghton’s unsigned review of Extracts in the Quarterly Review, Jan. 1866 (vol. cxix, pp. 154–81).

{2} Thomas Hamilton’s novel The Youth and Manhood of Cyril Thornton, first published in 1827.

Transactions of the Philobiblon Society

On the spine is stamped ‘Philobiblon Society’ and, at the foot, ‘1863 | 1876.’ The contents are minutes of meetings, etc. (as in Crewe MS 17).

In the list below, only the first page of each item is indicated. The addresses are in London unless indicated otherwise. The member associated with each address is identified only on its first occurrence.

p. v: Printed title: ‘Transactions of the Philobiblon Society 1854 [sic]’.

p. vii: Printed section title: ‘Meetings.’

p. 1: Minutes of a meeting on 28 Feb. 1863 at the Deanery, St Paul’s (residence of H. H. Milman).

p. 3: Minutes of a meeting on 28 Mar. 1863 at 1 Park Square, Regent’s Park (residence of R. S. Turner).

p. 5: Minutes of a meeting on 25 Apr. 1863 at 128 Park Street, Grosvenor Square (residence of William Stirling).

p. 7: Minutes of a meeting on 6 June 1863 at 16 Upper Brook Street (residence of Richard Monckton Milnes).

p. 15: Minutes of a meeting on 27 June 1863 at Orleans House, Twickenham (residence of the Duke of Aumale).

p. 20: Minutes of a meeting on 11 [July] 1863 at Dufferin Lodge, Highgate (residence of Lord Dufferin).
(Dated Saturday, 11 June, by mistake.)

p. 22: Minutes of a meeting on 20 Feb. 1864 at 66 Russell Square (residence of J. B. Heath).

p. 27: Minutes of a meeting on 12 Mar. 1864 at 50 Albemarle Street (residence of John Murray).

p. 29: Minutes of a meeting on 28 May 1864 at 24 Arlington Street (residence of Robert Curzon).

p. 33: Minutes of a meeting on 16 July 1864 at 16 Upper Brook Street.

p. 37: Note of a meeting on 24 July 1864 at 27 Belgrave Square (residence of Lord Taunton).

p. 38: Minutes of a meeting on 1 Apr. 1865 at 30 Prince’s Gate (residence of Henry Huth).

p. 40: Minutes of a meeting on 29 Apr. 1865 at 1 Park Square West, Regent’s Park.

p. 42: Minutes of a meeting on 27 May 1865 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 44: Minutes of a meeting on 17 June 1865 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

p. 50: Minutes of a meeting on 1 July 1865 at Farnborough Hill, Hampshire (residence of Thomas Longman).

Bound in after p. 50: Letter from Sydney Smith to Mrs Longman, [c. 11 Nov. 1833].
Submits a humorous plan of a dinner of insects and bugs, which he thinks will be agreeable to ‘Kirby & Spence’ [the authors of An Introduction to Entomology, 4 vols., 1815–26, which was published by Longmans].
(Postmarked at Maddox Street and with the date 11 Nov. 1833. Directed to Mrs N. Longman, Garden Mount, Hampstead.)

p. 53: Minutes of a meeting on 24 Feb. 1866 at the Deanery of Westminster (residence of Arthur P. Stanley).

p. 56: Minutes of a meeting on 24 Mar. 1866 at 30 Prince’s Gate.

p. 58: Minutes of a meeting on 28 Apr. 1866 at 128 Park Street, Grosvenor Square.

p. 60: Minutes of a meeting on 2 June 1866 at 36 Eaton Place (residence of Sir Erskine Perry).

p. 62: Minutes of a meeting on 23 June 1866 at St Dunstan’s, Regent’s Park (residence of Henry H. Gibbs).

p. 66: Minutes of a meeting on 23 Feb. 1867 at the Deanery of Westminster.

p. 68: Minutes of a meeting on 18 Mar. 1867 at 14 Bruton Street (residence of Lord Delamere).

p. 70: Minutes of a meeting on 1 June 1867 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 72: Minutes of a meeting on 29 June 1867 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

p. 76: Minutes of a meeting on 27 July 1867 at 1 Park Square.

p. 79: Minutes of a meeting on 16 May 1868 at 66 Russell Square.

p. 83: Minutes of a meeting on 13 June 1868 at 30 Curzon Street (residence of Lord Dartrey).

p. 85: Minutes of a meeting on 27 June 1868 at 21 Arlington Street (residence of Sylvain Van de Weyer).

p. 88: Minutes of a meeting on 11 July 1868 at St Dunstan’s, Regent’s Park.

p. 92: Minutes of a meeting on 27 Feb. 1869 at the Deanery of Westminster.

p. 96: Minutes of a meeting on 20 Mar. 1869 at 4 Audley Square (residence of Edward Cheney).

p. 111: Minutes of a meeting on 24 Apr. 1869 at 72 Eaton Place (residence of Sir John Simeon).

p. 115: Minutes of a meeting on 8 May 1869 at 16 Upper Brook Street.

p. 118: Minutes of a meeting on 12 June 1869 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 127: Minutes of a meeting on 24 July 1869 at 1 Carlton Terrace (residence of George Tomline).

p. 129: Brief notes of meetings on 5 Mar. 1870 at [5] Onslow Gardens (residence of J. A. Froude); 30 May 1870 at [21] Arlington Street; 16 June 1870 at Arklow House (residence of Alexander Beresford Hope); 30 June 1870 at Orleans House; 9 July 1870 at Dorchester House (residence of R. S. Holford); 16 July 1870 at Strawberry Hill (residence of Chichester Fortescue); and 28 July 1870 at [16] Upper Brook Street.
The notes begin: ‘This Book having been mislaid, there is no record of the Proceedings of the Society during 1870 beyond the following official record.’ The start of this period coincides with the appointment of Sir John Simeon as honorary secretary.

p. 133: Minutes of a meeting on 4 Mar. 1871 at 67 Brook Street (residence of Kirkman Hodgson).

p. 135: Minutes of a meeting on 25 Mar. 1871 at 14 Grosvenor Square (residence of E. J. Stan-ley).

p. 138: Printed menu-card for a dinner on 29 Apr. 1871.

p. 139: Minutes of a meeting on 29 Apr. 1871 at 10 Upper Grosvenor Street, W. (residence of Sir William Stirling Maxwell).

p. 143: Minutes of a meeting on 25 May 1871 at 45 Berkeley Square (residence of the Earl of Powis).

p. 146: Minutes of a meeting on 1 July 1871 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 148: Minutes of a meeting on 11 May 1872 at 6 Clifford Street (residence of Lord Houghton).

p. 152: Minutes of a meeting on 1 June 1872 at St Katherine’s Lodge, Regent’s Park (residence of C. Brinsley Marlay).

p. 157: Minutes of a meeting on 15 June 1872 at 55 Portland Place (residence of Walter Sneyd).

p. 164: Minutes of a meeting on 26 June 1872 [St Dunstan’s, Regent’s Park].
(The place of meeting is identified simply as ‘the house of Mr Gibbs’.)

p. 166: Minutes of a meeting on 3 July 1872 at 1 Park Square, Regent’s Park.

p. 168: Minutes of a meeting on 15 Mar. 1873 at 6 Clifford Street.

p. 171: Minutes of a meeting on 17 May 1873 at 10 Upper Grosvenor Street.

p. 174: Minutes of a meeting on 31 May 1873 at 30 Curzon Street.

p. 176: Minutes of a meeting on 28 June 1873 at [21] St James’s Square (residence of the Bishop of Winchester, Samuel Wilberforce).

p. 178: Minutes of a meeting on 12 July 1873 at Hatfield House, [Herts.].

p. 181: Minutes of a meeting on 30 July 1873 at 14 Grosvenor Square.

p. 183: Minutes of a meeting on 9 May 1874 at 10 Upper Grosvenor Street.

p. 187: Minutes of a meeting on 20 June 1874 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 190: Minutes of a meeting on 18 May 1875 at 66 Russell Square.

p. 197: Minutes of a meeting on 29 May 1875 at St Dunstan’s, Regent’s Park.

p. 201: Minutes of a meeting on 12 June 1875 at St Katherine’s Lodge, Regent’s Park.

p. 205: Minutes of a meeting on 26 June 1875 at 1 Sussex Square, W. (residence of Lord Cole-ridge).

p. 207: Minutes of a meeting on 1 Apr. 1876 at 6 Clifford Street.

p. 209: Minutes of a meeting on 13 May 1876 at 27 Queen’s Gate, Kensington (residence of F. W. Cosens).

p. 211: Minutes of a meeting on 27 May 1876 at 55 Portland Place.

p. 215: Minutes of a meeting on 10 June 1876 at 61 Prince’s Gate.

p. 217: Minutes of a meeting on 24 June 1876 at Dorchester House.

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Transactions of the Philobiblon Society

On the spine is stamped ‘Philobiblon Society’ and, at the foot, ‘1854 | 1859.’ The contents are mainly minutes of meetings of the Society. These meetings were usually held at the residence of one or other of the members, and the minutes were usually written up by the host. Each set of minutes typically records the date and place of the meeting, followed by a description of books and other articles exhibited. Additions were sometimes made by one of the secretaries.

In the list below, only the first page of each item is indicated. The addresses are in London unless indicated otherwise. The member associated with each address is identified only on its first occurrence.

(Loose after endpaper.) Note on Society members, by Lord Houghton.

p. vii: Printed title: ‘Transactions of the Philobiblon Society 1854’.

p. ix: Printed section title: ‘Rules.’

p. 1: Printed rules.

p. 8a: Printed section title: ‘Members.’

p. 9: Signatures of members.

p. 20a: Printed section title: ‘Meetings.’

p. 21: Minutes of a meeting on 25 Mar. 1854 at 128 Park Street, Grosvenor Square (residence of William Stirling).

p. 25: Minutes of a meeting on 29 Apr. 1854 at 123 Park Street, Grosvenor Square (residence of Richard Ford).

p. 29: Minutes of a meeting on 13 May 1854 at 59 Grosvenor Street (residence of the Earl of Gosford).

p. 33: Minutes of a meeting on 27 May 1854 at Orleans House, Twickenham (residence of the Duke of Aumale).

p. 47: Minutes of a meeting on 9 June 1854 at 50 Portland Place (residence of Sylvain Van de Weyer).

p. 55: Minutes of a meeting on 24 June 1854 at the Lodge, Eton College (residence of Ed-ward Craven Hawtrey).

p. 59: Memorandum of alterations to the rules of the Society.

p. 61: Minutes of a meeting on 8 July 1854 at 16 Upper Brook Street (residence of Richard Monckton Milnes).

p. 71: Minutes of a meeting on 3 Feb. 1855 at the Deanery, St Paul’s (residence of H. H. Mil-man).

p. 73: Minutes of a meeting on 3 Mar. 1855 at 50 Albemarle Street (residence of John Mur-ray).

p. 79: Transcript of a letter from Henry Ellis to R. Monckton Milnes, 14 Mar. 1855. British Museum.—Acknowledges the receipt of the first volume of the Society’s Miscellanies, and thanks them for it.

p. 80: Transcript of a letter from Bulkeley Bandinel to R. Monckton Milnes, 26 Mar. 1855.
[Bodleian Library, Oxford.]—Acknowledges the receipt of the first volume of the Society’s Miscellanies, and thanks them for it.

p. 82: Minutes of a meeting on 31 Mar. 1855 at 36 Eaton Place (residence of Sir Erskine Perry).

p. 89: Minutes of a meeting on 28 Apr. 1855 at Bridgewater House (residence of the Earl of Ellesmere).

p. 93: Minutes of a meeting on Saturday, — May 1855, at Stoke Park, near Slough (residence of Henry Labouchere).

p. 96: Minutes of a meeting on 30 June 1855 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

p. 100: Minutes of a meeting on 21 July 1855 at [1] Addison Road, Kensington (residence of Charles Richard Fox).

p. 120: Minutes of a meeting on 10 Nov. 1855 at 16 Upper Brook Street.

p. 127: Minutes of a meeting on 23 Feb. 1856 at 128 Park Street, Grosvenor Square.

p. 135: Printed leaves containing the rules of the Society and a list of its members for 1855–6.

p. 149: Minutes of a meeting on 15 Mar. 1856 at 8 Sussex Square (residence of Thomas Longman).

p. 157: Minutes of a meeting on 26 Apr. 1856 at 50 Portland Place.

p. 161: Minutes of a meeting on 17 May 1856 at 7 Grafton Street (residence of Robert Curzon).

p. 169: Minutes of a meeting on 7 June 1856 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park (residence of John Murray).

p. 171: Minutes of a meeting on 21 June 1856 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

p. 175: Minutes of a meeting on 14 Feb. 1857 at the Deanery, St Paul’s.

p. 179: Minutes of a meeting on 25 Apr. 1857 at the Clarendon Hotel.

p. 204: Minutes of a meeting on 23 June 1857 at 50 Portland Place.

p. 209: Minutes of a meeting on [30] June 1857 at Dufferin Lodge, Highgate (residence of Lord Dufferin).
Dated Saturday, 20 June 1857, by mistake.

p. 212: Minutes of a meeting on 18 July 1857 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

p. 216: Minutes of a meeting on 27 Feb. 1858 at the Deanery, St Paul’s.

p. 219: Minutes of a meeting on 20 Mar. 1858 at 7 Fitzroy Square (residence of Sir Charles Eastlake).

p. 222: Minutes of a meeting on 8 May 1858 at Arklow House, Connaught Place (residence of Alexander Beresford Hope).

p. 224: Minutes of a meeting on 22 May 1858 at 45 Berkeley Square (residence of the Earl of Powis).

p. 231: Minutes of a meeting on 26 June 1858 at 18 Eaton Terrace (residence of Evelyn Philip Shirley).

p. 235: Minutes of a meeting on 10 July 1858 [at 16 Upper Brook Street].
The place of meeting is identified simply as ‘the house of Mr Monckton Milnes’.

p. 243: Minutes of a meeting on 19 Mar. 1859 at 50 Portland Place.

p. 245: Minutes of a meeting on 25 June 1859 at Newstead, Wimbledon Park.

p. 247: Minutes of a meeting on 23 July 1859 at Orleans House, Twickenham.

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