Richard Mackenzie Bacon: Correspondence and Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

MS.Add.6239: Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield, letters to R.M. Bacon and others, 1818-1824.

MS.Add.6240: Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield, letters to R.M. Bacon and others, 1825-1835.

MS.Add.6241: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, 1824-1835, including letters from Edward Harbord, 3rd Baron Suffield; George Keppel, later 6th Earl of Albemarle; W.E.L. Bulwer; and E.L. Bulwer.

MS.Add.6242: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, 1823-1841, including letters from Frances, Lady Stafford; Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester; G.E. Anson; Edward Ellice; B. Smith; and W.E.L. Bulwer.

MS.Add.6243: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, 1818-1839, including letters from Richard Clark; Sir James Macdonald; Henry Bathurst, Bishop of Norwich; and Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester.

MS.Add.6244: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, in English and French, 1784-1872, including letters from Sir Henry Bedingfield; Sir John P. Boileau; John Braham; F.C. Husenbreth; Thomas William Coke, 1st Earl of Leicester; and Frances, Lady Stafford.

MS.Add.6245: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, in English, Italian, French and German, 1798-1874, including letters from and autographs of E.L. Bulwer, T. Latour, Amelia Opie and Tyrone Power.

MS.Add.6246: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, in English, French and Italian, 1752-1840, including letters from and autographs of Sir G.B. Airy, Charles Babbage, Felix Mendelssohn, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Sir Walter Scott, George Thackeray and Dawson Turner.

MS.Add.6247: R.M. Bacon, correspondence and papers, in English, French, Italian and German, 1802-1844, including letters from and autographs of Sir Egerton Brydges; C.W. Cope; Isaac D'Israeli; Charles Dickens; and Thomas Turton, Bishop of Ely.

MS.Add.6248: Envelopes franked by peers and members of parliament, 1818-1840.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Mackenzie Bacon (1775-1844), musician, journalist and writer, was born at Norwich, where he attended the free school. In 1793 he established a connection with the Norwich Mercury, of which he later became editor (1816) and principal proprietor. In 1813 Bacon and Bryan Donkin obtained a patent for a new printing machine, which was described in Bacon's publication. As well as the Mercury, Bacon was also proprietor and editor of the Quarterly musical magazine and review, which was first published in London in 1818. He also helped to establish the Norwich Musical Festival. Bacon died at Cossey, near Norwich, on 27 November 1844.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Acquisition Information

Received with the Sedley Taylor Collection, 1920.

Note

Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entries on Bacon in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, Vol. I (London, 1908), pp. 844-845.

Other Finding Aids

Additional Manuscripts Catalogue.

Bibliography

Some of the papers were published in R.M. Bacon, ed., Memoir of Edward third Baron Suffield (Norwich, 1838).