(William) Sidney Walker: Correspondence, miscellaneous verses and other papers

Scope and Content

The letters which form the bulk of the material catalogued here, were written by Sidney Walker over a quarter of a century to several female relations: principally, his mother (who after her husband's death lived at various addresses in London and its suburbs); his mother's sister Maria, who had married William Walker, a solicitor at Thirsk in the North Riding (and probably a brother or cousin of Sidney's father); and his unmarried cousin Margaret, a daughter of Maria Walker. The letters, which are written in lively style, contain remarks on the works of Byron, Galt, Scott, Southey and other contemporary authors; comments on Walker's own publications and activities; examples of his English verse; and news of and enquiries about family members.

Access Information

Unless restrictions apply, the collection is open for consultation by researchers using the Manuscripts Reading Room at Cambridge University Library. For further details on conditions governing access please contact mss@lib.cam.ac.uk. Information about opening hours and obtaining a Cambridge University Library reader's ticket is available from the Library's website (www.lib.cam.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

This collection was acquired by the University Library from J.J. Green Esq. of Tunbridge Wells in 1903.

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