Autographs and Letters collected by Emma Sewell

Scope and Content

Three volumes of autographs and letters, mainly addressed to James Edwards Sewell, William Sewell or Elizabeth Missing Sewell, 1838-94, collected by their sister Emma. The collection was continued to 1913 by their nephew Robert Sewell of the Madras Civil Service.

Administrative / Biographical History

Emma Sewell (d 1897) was the sister of James Edwards Sewell (1810-1903), William Sewell (1804-1874) and Elizabeth Missing Sewell (1815-1906) - details for the latter three are given in the Dictionary of National Biography.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

Acquisition Information

The collection was bought from Mrs Violet S.C. Pearse, ne Sewell, in 1963.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

M. Clapinson and T.D. Rogers, Summary Catalogue of Post-Medieval Western Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library Oxford. Acquisitions 1916-1975. (Oxford, 1991), vol. I, nos. 37833-5.