Henry Francis Cary: Letters to Taylor and Hessey

Scope and Content

Thirteen letters from Henry Francis Cary to Taylor and Hessey, and one letter from them to Cary.

Administrative / Biographical History

Henry Francis Cary (1772-1844), translator, was born in Gibraltar on 6 December 1772. He attended grammar schools in Rugby, Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham, and entered Christ Church, Oxford, in 1790 (B.A., 1794; M.A., 1796). He became Vicar of Abbot's Bromley, Staffordshire, in 1796, and of Kingsbury, Warwickshire, in 1800. He left his parish in 1807 and, after settling in London, contributed pieces to magazines, including the London magazine, owned by John Taylor and James Augustus Hessey. Cary worked at the British Museum, 1826-1837. His translations include Dante's Divina commedia (1805-1812), Aristophanes' The birds (1824) and the Odes of Pindar (1832). He died at his home in Charlotte Street, Bloomsbury, on 14 August 1844.

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

Received from the library of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, 1982.


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives. The biographical history was compiled with reference to the entry on Henry Cary in Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds, Dictionary of national biography, vol. III (London, 1908), pp. 1151-1153.

Other Finding Aids



The collection is no 1529 in Sir Geoffrey Keynes, Bibliotheca bibliographici (London, 1964), p. 158.