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Letters and papers of William Edmondstoune Aytoun, which, on his death, came into the hands of John Blackwood as his executor., 1825-1869.

Identifier: MSS.4895-4934

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The papers consist mainly of letters written by authors to Blackwood as their publisher, and by others in search of publication, but they also include some manuscripts and proofs of works considered for publication, together with some papers of William Edmondstoune Aytoun and John Wilson ('Christopher North'). Broadly, this is the incoming correspondence of the firm during the nineteenth century. The outgoing correspondence, so far as it is represented by copies in letter-books, etc., remained with Messrs Blackwood, as did the material relating solely to commercial and financial matters.


  • Creation: 1825-1869.

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41 Volumes

Language of Materials

From the Fonds: Undetermined


The papers were used extensively by Sir Theodore Martin for his ‘Memoir of William Edmondstoune Aytoun’ (London, 1867).

Repository Details

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

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