Bernard Barton: Letters and Related Papers

Scope and Content

Letters of Bernard Barton with related papers. There is an accompanying newspaper obituary of Barton.

(1) Bernard Barton to [Mrs] Elizabeth [Cowell], 3 November 1834.

(2) Bernard Barton to [Mrs] Elizabeth [Cowell], 30 October 1835, with a note from S.F. Candler to [ ], undated, and further notes of S.F. Candler.

(3-34) Bernard Barton to [Mrs] Elizabeth [Cowell], 14 November 1835 - 13 July 1844. No. 6 includes a postscript and 'Stanzas suggested by a Madonna&Child', printed in Bernard Barton, Household verses (London, 1845), p. 83.

(35) Bernard Barton to Maria Charlesworth, 10 September 1844.

(36) Bernard Barton to [Mrs] E.S. [Cowell], 14 September 1844.

(37-40) Bernard Barton to [Mrs] E.S. [Cowell], 27 October 1844 - 18 June 1845. No. 37 includes a note from Lucy Barton to Mrs E.S. Cowell.

(41) Bernard Barton to Edward [Cowell], 20 August 1845.

(42-44) Bernard Barton to Mrs E.B. Cowell, 30 September 1845 - 10 October 1846.

(45) Lucy Barton to Mrs E.B. Cowell, 8 October 1848.

(46) Bernard Barton to Edward Cowell, 16 November 1848.

(47, 48) Bernard Barton to Mrs E.S. Cowell, undated.

(49) Louisa Nazer to Mrs E.S. Cowell, undated.

Administrative / Biographical History

Bernard Barton (1784-1849), poet, was born in Carlisle on 31 January 1784, the son of quakers. After attending the quaker school at Ipswich, he was apprenticed to a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex. In 1807 he entered into partnership as a coal and corn merchant at Woodbridge, but abandoned business in 1808, and became a tutor in Liverpool. He returned to Woodbridge in 1809, and was employed thereafter as a banking clerk. Barton published poems, including the collections The convict's appeal (1818) and Household verses (1845), and was intimate with many of the leading literary figures of his day. He died on 19 February 1849.

Barton's principal correspondent in the letters is Elizabeth Cowell, daughter of the Revd John Charlesworth, and wife of the scholar Edward Byles Cowell.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Presented by the family of Professor E.B. Cowell, 1903.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Bernard Barton in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 1260-1262.

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