William Hazlitt: Letters

Scope and Content

Five letters from William Hazlitt to various correspondents, accompanied by correspondence regarding the letters, and articles, newscuttings and other items.

1. Hazlitt to Francis Jeffrey [1817], 3 pages and address.

2. Letter in the third person to Messrs Whitmore & Fenn [January or February 1819], 1 page.

3. Hazlitt to his son [May 1822], 2 pages.

4. Hazlitt to Francis Jeffrey, Melrose, 25 April [1824], 1 page.

5. Hazlitt to Basil Montagu [September 1830], 1 page and address.

Administrative / Biographical History

William Hazlitt (1778-1830), essayist, was born at Maidstone, Kent, on 10 April 1778. He was educated at the Unitarian college at Hackney, but abandoned his plans to join the ministry around 1797. He gave lectures, some of which were published, wrote for the Edinburgh review, London magazine and other publications, and published works on the stage, poetry, literature and history. He died at Frith Street, London, on 18 September 1830.

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 Hazlitt in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. IX (London, 1908), pp. 317-323.

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Related Material

The collection is no. 2603 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 264.