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Papers of and concerning George Crabbe., 1779-1831.

Identifier: MSS.42066-42125

Scope and Contents

Poet and clergyman George Crabbe (1754-1832) had already had success with his poetry when John Murray became his publisher in in 1818. Murray paid Crabbe the sum of £3000 for all of his copyrights and the rights to his new work, 'Tales of the Hall', which was published in 1819.

The papers in this series include correspondence, largely of Crabbe to John Murray. Crabbe writes of his own works, the publishing process and other contemporary poets. There are also a number of personal notebooks compiled by Crabbe. These notebooks contain poetry, sermons and observations of the natural world. Also included are a number of manuscripts of sermons, which were written and delivered by George Crabbe over a period of over 45 years. The papers also contain a manuscript copy by Crabbe of some lines from 'Paradise Lost' by John Milton, and some miscellaneous material relating to Crabbe.


  • Creation: 1779-1831.

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The correspondence has been placed at the beginning of the sequence, with the notebooks following. The sermons are then arranged, before the 'Paradise Lost' manuscript, and the miscellaneous material ends the sequence.

Related Materials

There is a manuscript biography of George Crabbe by his son, also George Crabbe (1785-1857), in the John Murray Archive, available at Ms.42126.

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository

Archives and Manuscript Division
National Library of Scotland
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Edinburgh EH1 1EJ
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