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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. XLVI A (ff. 207).

1. f. 1. Letter from Reginald Brimley Johnson to Chesterton asking him to submit poems and stories, which formed The Wild Knight and Greybeards at Play; 1899.

2. ff. 2-3v. Letter from John Lane to Chesterton concerning the cover design for The Napoleon of Notting Hill; 1903.

3. ff. 4-4v. Letter from Frances Chesterton to Algernon Methuen, asking for a delay in publication of Charles Dickens, since his daughter, Kate Perugini had sought an alteration to one paragraph; [1905]. Copy.

4. ff. 5-7. Contract for performance of dramatisation of The Man who was Thursday; 1925. Signed.

5. ff. 8-8v. Letter from John Lane on publication of Orthodoxy and George Bernard Shaw; [1908].

6. ff. 9-12v. Correspondence between Dorothy Collins and Susan Welty concerning the dramatisation of Manalive, including suggestions by Dorothy Collins for amendments and typewritten pages incorporating some of the amendments; 1948.

7. ff. 13-13v. Letter from Sir John Squire to Chesterton proposing an anthology of Chesterton's poetry; 1913.

8. ff. 14-33v. Correspondence and other papers concerning the play Magic; 1913-1914. Includes correspondence from F. G. Slater, O. Heggie, Kenelm Foss, Franklin Dyall and Frances M. D. Harrod to G. K. and Frances Chesterton and from George Moore to W. B. Forster Bovill (published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, p. 315) on the production of the play, typewritten copy of the contract for performance of the play, with an autograph note by G. B. Shaw, typewritten copy of a reply by Chesterton's secretary (Freda E. Spencer) to Hugh Robinson.

9. ff. 34-59. Correspondence concerning the dramatisation of The Flying Inn; 1924-1933. Correspondence, partly copies, between Chesterton and Hubert James Foss and Christopher Victor Hely-Hutchinson on the possibility of a musical setting. Foss had set the song 'Castlepatrick', published 1925, and Hely-Hutchinson had set 'Castlepatrick', 'The rolling English road' and 'Who goes home', published 1930 (for scores, see Add. 73452). A letter from W. P. Watt to Dorothy Collins is in Add. 73222, ff. 72-77, enclosing the typed text of the additional songs and a recommendation that they should not be published.

10. ff. 60-62v. Letters from George Arthur, of the War Office, thanking Chesterton for his pamphlet Lord Kitchener, and later asking permission to reprint it; 1917, 1924.

11. ff. 63-64. Typewritten copy of letter and contract from The Macmillan Co., New York, for the American edition of The Catholic Church and Conversion; 1926.

12. f. 65. Letter from Arthur Hird of Hodder and Stoughton proposing a new anthology; 1927. Signed.

13. ff. 66-67. Letter from Sir John Squire to Chesterton proposing a book on roads; 1927.

14. ff. 68-89. Letter from W. G. Prosser to Messrs Methuen and Co. concerning the omission of 'The word' from later editions of Collected Poems, correspondence between Dorothy Collins and William Ignatius Rice of Douai School, and J. Alan White of Messrs Methuen, concerning a possible revised edition of Collected Poems; 1936-1958. Some letters include lists of the poems proposed for the new edition and typewritten copies of some of the poems. For further letters, see the correspondence with Messrs A. P. Watt and Son in Add. 73222-73224.

15. f. 90. Letter from Messrs Dodd, Mead and Co., to Chesterton asking for a blurb for the American edition of The Poet and the Lunatics; 1929. Signed.

16. ff. 91-92. Letter from Evan Charteris, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery, asking Chesterton to write text for two postcards on Thomas Carlyle and Robert Browning, to be published by the Gallery; [1929].

17. ff. 93-94v. Two letters from Arthur Hird of Messrs Hodder and Stoughton to Chesterton proposing a book on Dr Johnson, with a typewritten copy of Dorothy Collins's reply; 1930-1931.

18. ff. 95-101. Correspondence between Dorothy Collins and Frank Sheed, of Messrs. Sheed and Ward, concerning the contents of The Well and the Shallows; 1935.

19. ff. 102-103. Two letters from R. Percy Hodder-Williams, of Hodder and Stoughton, to Dorothy Collins asking for Chesterton's text for The Way of the Cross: an interpretation by Frank Brangwyn; 1935.

20. ff. 104-107. Letter from the British Council to Chesterton concerning the preparation of the pamphlet G. K. Chesterton Explains the English, a letter from the British Council to Dorothy Collins drawing her attention to that work, and her reply; 1935, 1951. She had in 1949 written to the British Council asking permission to reprint the pamphlet and had sent them a copy, see Add. 73231 B.

21. ff. 108-117. Notes by Dorothy Collins on printing and distribution of The Coloured Lands, with typewritten notes probably prepared for a new edition; [1938-1949?].

22. ff. 118-120. Contents list for a projected compilation of essays entitled 'The English spirit'; circa 1948. Typewritten. The first leaf is inscribed "Cancelled list" in the hand of Dorothy Collins. The surviving typescripts and cuttings, foliated in red ink, which would have formed this compilation are kept with contributions to periodicals or other works, or, if used as copy for subsequent compilations, with those compilations.

23. ff. 121-207. Correspondence between Dorothy Collins, Messrs Methuen and E. C. Bentley concerning her edition of Selected Essays of G. K. Chesterton; 1948-1949. Includes Dorothy Collins's notes towards a selection, typewritten copies of four articles not eventually included in the selection and ff. 5, 8 of Bentley's introduction.

includes:

  • f. 1 Reginald Brimley Johnson, literary editor: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Reginald Brimley Johnson: 1899-1928.
  • ff. 2-3, 8 John Lane, publisher: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from John Lane: 1903, [1908].
  • f. 4 Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Algernon Methuen, publisher: Letter to Algernon Methuen from Frances Alice Chesterton: [1905]: Copy.
  • ff. 5-6 Ralph Neale, dramatist: Ada Elizabeth Chesterton, née Jones; journalist and author, wife of Cecil Chesterton: Agreement between A. Chesterton and R. Neale for dramatisation of G. K. Chesterton's novel 'The Man who was Thursday': 1925: Signed.
  • ff. 9-12 Eudora Welty, author: Correspondence with D. E. Collins regarding dramatisation of G. K. Chesterton's novel 'Manalive' of Eudora Welty: 1948: Typewritten copies.
  • ff. 13, 66 Sir John Collings Squire, Editor, 'London Mercury': Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Sir John Collings Squire: 1913, 1927.
  • f. 14 George Bernard Shaw, author: Agreement between G. K. Chesterton and H. Robinson annotated by G. B. Shaw: 1938: Autogr.
  • ff. 14-17 Hugh Robinson, impresario: Agreement between G. K. Chesterton and H. Robinson for the performance of Chesterton's play 'Magic': 1913: Typewritten copy.
  • f. 18 George Augustus Moore, novelist: W. B. Forster Bovill, Secretary, the Authors' Producing Society: Letter to W. B. Forster Bovill from George Augustus Moore: 1913: Typewritten copy.
  • ff. 19-27 Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Frederick Gurney Salter, solicitor: Letters to G. K. and Frances Chesterton concerning Chesterton's play 'Magic': 1913-1914: Partly signed.
  • f. 28 Frederica Elizabeth Spencer, afterwards Bayley; Secretary to G K Chesterton: Hugh Robinson, impresario: Letter to Hugh Robinson from Frederica Elizabeth Spencer: [1914]: Typewritten copy.
  • f. 29 Otto Peter Heggie, Australian actor: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Otto Peter Heggie: 1914.
  • f. 30 Kenelm Foss, theatrical producer: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Kenelm Foss: [1914].
  • f. 32 Frances Marie Désirée Harrod, née Forbes-Robertson; mother of Sir Roy F Harrod: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Frances Marie Désirée Harrod: [1914].
  • f. 33 Franklin Dyall, actor and producer: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Franklin Dyall: 1918-1928.
  • ff. 34-57 Hubert James Foss, writer on music: Correspondence with G. K. Chesterton of Hubert James Foss: 1924-1928: Partly signed, partly copies.
  • f. 58 Professor Christian Victor Noel Hope Hely-Hutchinson, composer: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Prof. Christian Victor Noel Hope Hely-Hutchinson: 1933: Signed.
  • ff. 60-62v Sir George Compton Archibald Arthur, 3rd Baronet: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Sir George Compton Archibald Arthur: 1917, 1924.
  • ff. 63-64 Macmillan Company; publishers, New York: Letter, etc., to G. K. Chesterton from Macmillan Company (publishers: 1926: Typewritten copy.
  • ff. 65, 93-94v Reverend Arthur Hird, of Hodder and Stoughton Ltd: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Rev. Arthur Hird: 1927-1931: Signed.
  • f. 68 Methuen and Co; publishers: William G. Prosser, of Lewes: Letter to Methuen and Co. (publishers) from William G. Prosser: 1936: Signed.
  • f. 69 William Ignatius Rice, OSB: Letter to D. E. Collins from William Ignatius Rice: 1953.
  • ff. 70-89, 121, 128, 131 J. Alan White, of Methuen and Co: Correspondence of D. E. Collins with J. A. White of Methuen and Co: 1948-1958: Partly signed, partly typewritten copies.
  • ff. 70-89, 121, 128, 131 Methuen and Co; publishers: Correspondence of D. E. Collins with J. A. White of Methuen and Co.: 1948-1958: Partly signed, partly typewritten copies.
  • f. 90 Dodd, Mead and Co; publishers and booksellers: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Dodd, Mead and Co. (publishers and booksellers): 1929: Signed.
  • f. 91 Hon Sir Evan Charteris, barrister and biographer: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from Hon. Sir Evan Charteris: [1929].
  • ff. 95-101 Francis Joseph Sheed, of Sheed and Ward, publishers: Sheed and Ward; publishers: Correspondence of D. E. Collins with F. Sheed of Sheed and Ward, publishers: 1935-1960: Partly signed, partly typewritten copies.
  • ff. 102-103 Robert Percy Hodder-Williams, publisher: Letters to D. E. Collins from Robert Percy Hodder-Williams: 1935: Signed.
  • f. 104 British Council: Charles Edward Dunscomb Bridge, Secretary-General of the British Council: Letter to G. K. Chesterton from C. E. D. Bridge of the British Council: 1935: Signed.
  • ff. 106-107v British Council: Bernard P. F. Adams, Librarian of the British Council: Correspondence of D. E. Collins with B. P. F. Adams, Librarian of the British Council: 1951: Partly signed, partly typewritten copy.
  • ff. 122-127v, 129, 130 Edmund Clerihew Bentley, author: Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Correspondence of Edmund Clerihew Bentley with Dorothy Edith Collins: 1938-1949: Partly signed, partly typewritten copies.

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