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Letters, assignments and receipts concerning the sale of papers and copyrights relating to Lord Byron., Undated.

Identifier: MS.43541

Scope and Contents

The papers in this manuscript have been arranged alphabetically by the main correspondent surname or company name.

Barry, Matilda and Richard. Letters of Matilda Barry and Richard Barry to Hugh Ferguson and John Murray [III], with one of Ferguson to Murray, regarding the sale of Lord Byron letters, 1849: folios 1-6;

Blayney, Mabella. Letter of Lady Mabella Blayney to John Murray [II], 1824: folio 7;

Breese, John. Letters of John Breese to John Murray III, regarding the sale of Lord Byron’s manuscript of Vision of Judgement, 1848: folios 8-14;

Byron, George Gordon, Lord Byron. Copy of a letter dated 1815, of Lord Byron to John Murray [II], undated: folios 15-16.

Draft and unsigned proposed assignment of copyright for ‘English Bards and Scotch Reviewers’ by Lord Byron, 1816: folios 17-18;

Draft assignment of copyright between Lord Byron and John Murray [II], for ‘Mazeppa’, 1819: folios 19-20;

List of published Lord Byron poems and their respective copyright holders, 1824: folios 21-22;

Three annotated copies of a printed list of Lord Byron copyrights for sale, undated: folios 23-25;

Carleton, Hon. Charlotte. Letter and receipt of Hon. Charlotte Carleton, Lady Dorchester, to John Murray [III] detailing payment of 500 guineas for the copyright of unpublished poetry of Lord Byron, 1886: folios 26-28;

Crockford, John. Agreement between John Crockford and John Murray [III], for ceasing and compensating the unauthorised use of poetry of Lord Byron, George Crabbe and Henry Hart Millman in ‘Beautiful Poetry’ where the copyright was held by John Murray [III], 1854: folios 29-30;

Dallas, Robert Charles. Receipt with two transcriptions of John Murray [II] to Robert Charles Dallas, for a payment of 500 guineas for the copyright of ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ by Lord Byron, 1812 and undated: folios 31-34;

Falcieri, Giovanni Battista. Two signature clippings of, and annotated envelope regarding Giovanni Battista Falcieri, servant of Lord Byron known as ‘Tita’: folios 35-37;

Finden, Edward and William. Memorandum of agreement between Edward and William Finder and John Murray [II] for the publication of an illustrated edition of ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ by Lord Byron, 1830: folios 38-39;

Two copies with different signatures of an agreement between Edward and William Finder and John Murray [II] for the publication of an illustrated edition of ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ by Lord Byron, 1840: folios; 40-43;

Receipts of Frank Finden on behalf of William and Edward Finden showing payment made by John Murray [II] of £2100 for 62 engravings for ‘Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage’ by Lord Byron, 1841: folios 44-46.

Gamba, Pietro. Receipt of Pietro Gamba to John Murray [II] for £105 for the copyright of ‘Narrative of Lord Byron’s Last Journey’, 1825: folio 47;

George and Robert King, publishers. Agreement between George and Robert King, publishers, and John Murray, for ceasing and compensating for the unauthorised use of poetry in Murray copyright of Lord Byron, Henry Hart Millman and George in their Beauties of British Poetry, 20 Apr 1854: folios 48-49;

Hanson, Newton Byron. Letters and receipts of Newton Byron Hanson to John Murray [III], regarding sales by the Hanson family of Lord Byron manuscripts and letters, 1849-1850: folios 50-63;

Hobhouse, John Cam. Two copyright assignment forms between John Cam Hobhouse and John Murray [III] for the works of Lord Byron, 1845: folios 64-65;

Hodgson, Edmund. Account and receipts of Edmund Hodgson for the sale of copyrights of Lord Byron to John Cam Hobhouse and John Hanson, executors of Lord Byron, 1830: folios 66-67;

Hoppner, Richard Belgrave. List of Lord Byron’s letters belonging to Richard Belgrave Hoppner, 1829: folios 68-69;

John Murray, publishers. List of copyright payments made to Lord Byron by John Murray [II], Nov 1825: folio 70;

List of Lord Byron papers in the possession of John Murray [II], 1829: folios 71-75;

Printed list of Lord Byron’s poems annotated to show those with John Murray copyright, 1905: folios 76-80;

Account showing the sale by John Murray [IV] of the manuscript of ‘Doge of Venice’ by Lord Byron for £900 through Sotheby, Wilkinson and Hodge, 1910: folio 81;

John Winter Jones. Copy letter of John Winter Jones to Charlotte Carleton, Lady Dorchester, 1875: folios 82-83;

Kennedy, Hannah Sarah. Memorandum and copy memorandum between John Murray II and Hannah Sarah Kennedy, for 300 guineas advance on profits of ‘Conversations on Religion, with Lord Byron’ by James Kennedy, 1830: folios 84-87;

Kinnaird, Douglas James William. Letter of Douglas Kinnaird to John Murray II, 1821: folio 88;

Leigh, Augusta. Agreement and receipts for loans for Augusta Leigh from John Murray [III] with lists of the papers Lord Byron used as collateral, 1850: folios 89-95;

List of the books of Lord Byron brought from Messolonghi and purchased by Augusta Leigh, 1824: folios 96-97;

Summary account and valuation of the effects of Lord Byron brought from Greece, with receipt for £262 4s 6d in payment for these from John Cam Hobhouse and John Hanson, executors of Lord Byron, to Augusta Leigh, 1825: folios 98-100;

Noel, Robert Ralph. Letter of Robert Ralph Noel to John Murray [III], 1871: folios 101-102;

Pelham, Henry. Letter of Henry Pelham, 3rd Earl of Chichester, to John Murray [III], 1876: folios 103-106;

Turner, Sharon. Letters of Sharon Turner to John Murray [II] regarding the sale of the library of Lord Byron, 1816: folios 107-109;

Wright, John. Agreement between John Murray [II] and John Wright, for editing poetry volumes of ‘Life of Lord Byron’ by Thomas Moore for £50 per volume, 1832: folios 110-111.


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