Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Bernard Barton, with related materials

Scope and Content

(Envelope 1) 25 letters to Barton from literary figures, 1818-1836; 3 poems, by Lucy Barton, E. Charlesworth, and J. E. Roscoe; silhouette portrait (unknown); printed sheet featuring portraits of literary figures;(Envelope 2) 7 letters from Barton, 1820-1848; 3 poems by Barton; drawing of Barton's house at Woodbridge; silhouette portrait; (Envelope 3) 3 letters from Barton, 1833-1845; 4 poems by Barton (1840s); typed transcript of letter from Barton (manuscripts included)

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernard Barton was born in Carlisle in 1784 and attended a Quaker school in Ipswich, before being apprenticed to a shopkeeper at Halstead in Essex in 1798. In 1806 he moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk and went into business with his brother. Apart from a short time spent in Liverpool following the death of his wife, Barton remained in Woodbridge until his death in 1849. He was a minor poet, the friend of Lamb and Southey, and author of ten volumes of verse and also of a number of hymns

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Purchased mainly from Sotheby's, 1962-1985, chiefly in 1974


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