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Forged letters and manuscripts of Lord Byron; with correspondence and notes relating to the forgeries and to George Gordon Du Luna Byron., 1841-2004, undated.

Identifier: MS.43542

Scope and Contents

The forged letters and manuscripts of Lord Byron, with accompanying notes, have been placed at the start of the sequence. Correspondence relating to the forgeries has then been ordered chronologically, with two copies of transcriptions of the forgeries placed at the end of the sequence.

Forged letters and manuscripts and copies of the same of Lord Byron, with accompanying notes and memos of John Murray [V] and Virginia Murray placed after their corresponding letters, undated and 1947-1976: folios 1-33;

Letter of Henry Foss to John Murray [III], with a copy of a letter, 1840, of Edward White to Henry Foss, 1841: folios 34-36;

Letters and an envelope of George Gordon De Luna Byron to John Cam Hobhouse and John Murray [III], 1843, 1846-1847: folios 37-44;

Letter of Augusta Leigh to John Murray [III] enclosing a letter of John Fitzgibbon, Earl of Clare, to Augusta Leigh, 1847: folios 45-48;

Letter of Edward Frederick Leeks of the Society of Guardians for the Protection of Trade to John Murray [III], 1848: folios 49-50;

Letters of William White to John Murray [III] relating to forgeries of Byron letters that White had sold in Murray in 1849, with a receipt and related note for that purchase, 1849-1852: folios 51-58;

Letter of Bedinger and Chase to John Murray [III] with a draft of a reply on behalf of John Murray, 1849: folios 59-60;

Letter of Sir Francis Palgrave possibly to John Murray [III] enclosing a letter of Hudson Gurney to Sir Francis Palgrave, 1852: folios 61-64;

Letter of Ralph Gordon Noel King Milbanke, 2nd Earl of Lovelace, to John Murray IV, 1898: folios 65-68;

Letter of James Anson Farrer to John Murray [IV], 1905: folio 69;

Press cutting relating to George Gordon De Luna Byron, with a copy of the death certificate, 1882, of George Gordon De Luna Byron, and a transcription of a letter, dated 1844, of George Gordon De Luna Byron to John Murray [III], 1905, 2004 and undated: folios 70-73;

MS.43542 Continued.

Correspondence between 1942 and 1946 relating to two versions of the poem ‘Ossian’s address to the Sun’ by Lord Byron consisting of: Letter of Herbert Greenberg to John Murray [V], 1942: folio 74;

Letter of John Murray [V] to Herbert Greenberg, 1942: folios 75-78;

Copies of the alleged poem of Lord Byron at Harvard University with a related note, 1942: folios 79-86;

Correspondence between Frederick Page and John Murray [V], with two copies of an article in ‘Notes and Queries’, 1946: folios 87-93;

Letter probably of Gordon Francis Cecil Hobbs to John Murray (V) with a letter of Frank Halls to Gordon Francis Cecil Hobbs, 1951: folios 94-96;

Letter of Mary Modin to John Murray [V] with a note of John Murray [V], 1952: folios 97-98;

Letter of Gertrude Thresher to John Murray [V] relating to transcriptions of forged Byron letters and manuscripts, with a copy of a reply, 1946: folio 99;

Two copies of typescript transcriptions of a large proportion of the correspondence and manuscripts in this folder, transcribed by Gertrude Thresher, 1946: folios 100-188.


  • Creation: 1841-2004, undated.


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194 Leaves

Language of Materials



vi + 188 folios.

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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