Ralph Alexander Leigh: Papers concerning Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Scope and Content

Material collected by Leigh concerning Jean-Jacques Rousseau.

[1-12] Miscellaneous letters and papers, including observations on Rousseau's death, 1749-1778.

[13] 'Romilly's cahier', copies of letters from Rousseau to the Marquis de Mirabeau, 1763-1773, made by Sir Samuel Romilly from originals lent by the Count de Mirabeau, with some additional letters.

[14] An album of letters to Alphonse de Fontvanne, 1826-1831, including newscuttings on Rousseau from L'toile, L'Opinion and La Pandore, 1826.

[15-17] Correspondence between Denis Diderot and Charles Burney, 1771.

[18-22] Miscellaneous letters, a Revolutionary card and an eighteenth-century playing card.

[23] Leigh's file of correspondence and papers on buying and selling Rousseau letters, 1964-1972.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ralph Alexander Leigh (1915-1987), Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, 1952-1987. Leigh was Professor of French at the University from 1973, and edited Correspondance complte de Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1965-1990.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Purchased 1990.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Summary Catalogue.

Related Material

Cambridge University Library also holds Leigh's Sandars Lectures on 'Unsolved Problems in the Bibliography of J.J. Rousseau', MS.Add.8719.


Some of the letters, indicated in the catalogue, have been published in Ralph Alexander Leigh, Correspondance complte, and Georges Roth and Jean Varloot Denis, Diderot. Correspondance (1955-).