The letters are to T. Doubleday, to J. M. Ludlow written from Edinburgh, and to D. E. Milne written from Prior Bank. One to Doubleday is about Tait's Edinburgh magazine, another accompanies a returned article (not in collection) on Afghanistan which 'seems a very good one but too late for me', and the other along with a subscription to the Liverpool Financial Association and the note that Prior Bank is where he chiefly resides 'although I retain my Edinburgh house and reside there a good deal during the winter'.
Letters of William Tait (1793-1864)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-854
- Dates of Creation1832-1853
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description3 letters. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationDc.4.101-103 Tait; Gen. 2041/150-151
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
William Tait was born in Edinburgh on 11 May 1793. He attended Edinburgh University briefly with the intention of following a law career and was articled to a Writer to the Signet. However he abandoned that path and became a bookseller with his brother, and began publishing. His principal works published were Brown's Philosophy of the human mind, Carlyle's German romance, and Tytler's History of Scotland. He is most well known for the literary and radical political Tait's Edinburgh magazine which first appeared in April 1832 and ran until December 1864. Contributors to the publication included John Stuart Mill, Cobden and Bright. Tait's shop was a meeting place for Edinburgh notables. William Tait retired from business in 1848 and he died at his Melrose estate of Prior Bank on 4 October 1864.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 19. Stow-Tytler. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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