Item 54A - Lists of letters from William Bodham Donne to Joseph Williams Blakesley

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Add. MS a/243/54A


Lists of letters from William Bodham Donne to Joseph Williams Blakesley


  • [1903?]-[20th cent] (Creation)

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1 MS sheet; 1 typed sheet with MS additions

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First list on headed notepaper of Morice, Toller & Blakesley, solicitors. Headed 'Letters of W. B. Donne to J. W. Blakesley'. In ink, with pencil annotations in another hand [that of Anthony Chenevix Trench?]. Note in original hand at end 'All but those marked + were arranged in dated packets by J. W. B. Those undated in letter were accordingly dated by me in red ink (M. B. [Margaret Blakesley]) and all sent (except that of Apr. 1 1877) to Mrs H. Barham Johnson [grandchild of William Bodham Donne], June 8th 1903'

Second list typed, with MS annotations. Heading 'Letters of William Bodham Donne to J. W. B.'. By Anthony Chenevix Trench [?]. Notes the loan of 79 letters to Catherine Barham Johnson by Margaret Blakesley in June 1803, and that Mrs Johnson 'published 21 of these letters, but none fully, in her William Bodham Donne and his Friends, returning the packet in 1905. 'E. H. B. [Elizabeth Holmes Blakesley?] "Weeded" 14 letters, including 2 which had been published in part by Mrs Johnson. I found 10 other Donne letters in other places, so that there are now 75 in the oacket, arranged chronologically so far as possible'. Notes on 15 of the letters.

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