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Summary

Identifier
MS.3925

Dates

  • 1793-1874. (Creation)

Extents

  • 348 Leaves (Whole)

Subjects

Notes

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1940-1952.

  • Custodial History

    The letters were bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

    This manuscript has been formed from several separate accessions:

    folios 1-2, bought, 1952, Doig Wilson and Whealley, Edinburgh; folios 3-12, bought, Sotheby’s, 23 June 1952, lot 196; folios 13-14, bought, 1951, Ifan Fletcher, London; folios 15-16, 93-99, bought, Edmiston's, Glasgow, 17 June 1952, lots 194, 206; folios 17-89, bought, 1952, Joan Eyles, London; folios 90-92, bought, Sotheby’s, 13 February 1951, lot 309; folios 100-188, bought, Sotheby’s, 4 February 1952, lots 132-135; folios 189-192, bought, Sotheby’s, 26 June 1950, lot 224; folio 193, bought, Sotheby’s, 19 July 1949, lot 349; folios 194-196, bought, 1949, Gabriel Wells; folios 197-198, bought, Sotheby's, 25 June 1940, lot 503; folios 199-200, 212-288, 315-342, bought, 1952, Ifan Fletcher, London; folios 201-211, bought, 1950; folios 289-300, 303-307, 313-314, bought, 1952, Henry Sotheran, London; folios 301-302, presented, 1952, by Burndy Library, Connecticut, United States of America; folios 308-312, bought, Sotheby’s, 6 November 1951, lot 339; folios 343-348, bought, 1951, Myers and Company, London.

  • Arrangement

    348 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    Included are: letters of Scottish botanists to James Sowerby, 1793-1814; letters to William Blackwood, Publisher (died 1834), and his sons, 1816-1874; correspondence relating to John Murray, of Bowling Bay, and the Anti-Slavery Movement, 1824-1850; letters to the 7th, 8th, and 9th Lords Napier, 1810-1865; and letters to David Milne-Home, of Milne Graden, from men of science, 1837-1873.

    Among the writers of the other letters are James Graham, 1st Marquess of Montrose, Mrs Elizabeth Montagu, James Beattie, Robert Southey, James Hogg, Sir Walter Scott, Thomas Carlyle, James Nasmyth, and Lord Kelvin.

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