William Hayley: Letters

Scope and Content

Four letters from William Hayley to various correspondents. Nos 2-4 include references to William Blake.

1. Hayley to William Blake, 17 April 1800, 3 pages and address.

2. Hayley to Daniel Parker Coke, 13 May 1801, 1 page and address.

3. Hayley to John Flaxman, unsigned draft, 7 August 1803, 4 pages.

4. Hayley to John Flaxman, copy, 18 June 1804, 3 pages.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Hayley (1745-1820), poet, was born at Chichester, West Sussex, on 29 October 1745. He joined Eton in 1757, and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, in 1763, and was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1766. He published volumes of verse and biographies of John Milton (1794), William Cowper (1803) and George Romney (1809). Hayley died at Felpham, West Sussex, on 12 November 1820. His memoirs were published in 1823, edited by John Johnson.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on William Hayley in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 295-296.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no. 2600 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 264.