Samuel Taylor Coleridge: Letter to bookseller

Scope and Content

A letter from Samuel Coleridge to Mr Hunt, bookseller, of Ramsgate, 3 pages and address, the signature of which has been removed. There is an accompanying letter from Thomas James Wise to Geoffrey Keynes, 13 March 1929, 2 pages, authenticating Coleridge's letter.

Administrative / Biographical History

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), poet and philosopher, was born at Ottery St Mary, Devon, on 21 October 1772. He was educated at Christ's Hospital, 1782-1790, and attended Jesus College, Cambridge. In 1798 he published, with William Wordsworth, the Lyrical ballads, which included the famous poem 'The rime of the ancient mariner'. He published his autobiography, Biographia literaria, in 1817, and Aids to reflection in 1825. Coleridge died on 25 July 1834.

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 Samuel Taylor Coleridge in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IV (London, 1908), pp. 758-773.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is part of no. 1615 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 166.