Felicia Dorothea Hemans papers

Scope and Content

A group of manuscript papers of Felicia Dorothea Hemans (née Browne), including eight holograph letters written (where indicated) from Bronwylfa, near St. Asaph, and from Milburn Tower, near Edinburgh, the correspondents including M[atthew] Nicholson, Liverpool (1812) and the Reverend H. H. Milman (1823); English translations of three Italian sonnets, together with copies of the originals, 1811; holograph poems:- 'Imelda', 'The Messenger Bird', 'Gertrude', 'The Tombs of Plataea', 'The View of Castri' (incomplete) and 'The Vespers of Palermo' (fragment); two copies of an engraved portrait of Mrs. Hemans, published in 1839; a short biographical note; and a cutting of an appreciation of her poetry published on the centenary of her death.
Amongst the references made are those to Lord Byron's Childe Harolde, Sir Robert Liston and Dr James Gregory.

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Title based on contents.

Preferred citation: NLW MS 10959C.

Other Finding Aids

The description is also available in Handlist of Manuscripts in the National Library of Wales, Part XIX, 276-7.

Archivist's Note

November 2008.

Description compiled by Bethan Ifans for the retrospective conversion project of NLW MSS.

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Related Material

See also NLW MS 4516B, which contains typescript copies of letters from Felicia Dorothea Browne (afterwards Hemans) to Matthew Nicholson, Liverpool, 1807-1812.
For printed copies of letters from Mrs Hemans to Matthew Nicholson, 1811-1812, with some biographical information, footnotes, etc., see Felicia Hemans: Selected Poems, Letters, Reception Materials, ed. by Susan J. Wolfson (Oxford, 2000), pp. 476-9.

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