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Correspondence between Lord Byron and John Murray II; with letters of and to John Murray, publishers, relating to Lord Byron., 1811-1965, undated.

Identifier: MSS.43487-43503

Scope and Contents

The publishing house of John Murray was closely connected with the poet, Lord Byron. This relationship started when John Murray [II] published the first canto of 'Childe Harold's Pilgrimage' in 1812. The poem catapulted Lord Byron to fame and Murray continued to publish the poetry of Byron until they parted over disagreements relating to 'Don Juan'. The correspondence reflects a close personal relationship between the men, as well as including great detail about the publishing process of the works of Byron. The letters of Murray to Byron have been published in 'Letters of John Murray to Lord Byron', edited by Andrew Nicolson. In addition to correspondence between the two men, there are also letters and fragments of letters of and to John Murray II relating to Lord Byron.

The relationship between the publishing house of Murray and Lord Byron did not stop with the death of the poet. The house was long associated with works about Byron after his death, as well as being concerned with the collection and provenance of Byron manuscripts. There are letters here relating to some of these publications and manuscripts, including 'Works of Lord Byron: letters and journals', edited by Rowland Edmund Prothero and published by Murray between 1898-1901.

Correspondence here also includes letters of many people involved with biographies or catalogues relating to Byron, including Lady Anne Isabella Blunt, Charlotte Carleton (Lady Dorchester), Ernest Hartley Coleridge, Ralph Gordon Noel King Milbanke, Rowland Edmund Prothero, and Thomas James Wise. There are also letters relating to the 1872 publication of 'Unpublished letters of Lord Byron' by Henry S. Schultess-Young.

The series also contains correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning the sale and provenance of Byron manuscripts and other items.


  • Creation: 1811-1965, undated.

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The letters between Byron and Murray have been ordered at the start of the sequence. Those of Byron to Murray have been arranged before those of Murray to Byron, in chronological order. In both cases, undated letters have been grouped at the end of the sequence. Letters and fragments of letters of or to Murray relating to Byron are then placed.

Letters mainly relating to 'Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals' have then been organised, with those of the grandchildren of Lord Byron placed before those of the other various interested parties. Letters regarding other publications follow, ordered by correspondent surname. Letters relating to Thomas Wise James and H S Schultess-Young are then placed. Finally, the letters concerning the provenance of Byron letters and press cuttings relating to the same have been placed at the end of the sequence.


Byron, George Gordon Noel, 'Works of Lord Byron : letters and journals', ed. Rowland Edmund Prothero, 1898-1901, 6 vols., London, Murray. NLS reference X.148.d.

Murray, John, 'Letters of John Murray to Lord Byron', ed. by Andrew Nicolson, Liverpool University Press, 2007. NLS reference HB2.208.3.831.

Repository Details

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

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