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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. XI (ff. 184).

1. ff. 1-30v. Letters from Vincent McNabb to G. K. Chesterton, Frances Chesterton and Dorothy Collins; 1915-1939. Mostly published in F. Valentine, op. cit., pp. 264-275 passim.

2. ff. 31-184. Correspondence of John O'Connor with G. K. Chesterton, Frances Chesterton and Dorothy Collins, with letters to O'Connor from others; 1903-1950. O'Connor, the priest upon whom Chesterton's fictional detective Father Brown was based, was a close confidant of the Chestertons, especially in guiding them towards the Roman Catholic Church. Most of the correspondence is between O'Connor and Frances Chesterton. Many of the letters published in J. O'Connor, op. cit., pp. 98-102, 123-129; parts of four letters of 1936 from Frances Chesterton to O'Connor are published in Return to Chesterton, p. 270. Includes three letters to O'Connor from Josephine Ward, 1914-1915 (ff. 105-106, 109), mentioning the possibility of Chesterton's becoming a Roman Catholic (published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 330-331). For other letters to O'Connor concerning Chesterton's reception into the Roman Catholic Church see Add. 73187.

includes:

  • ff. 1-8v, 17, 20-26v Vincent McNabb, OP: Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Letters to Frances Alice Chesterton from Vincent McNabb: 1915-1937.
  • ff. 9-16v, 18-19v Vincent McNabb, OP: Letters to G. K. Chesterton from Vincent McNabb: 1918-1935.
  • ff. 27-30v Vincent McNabb, OP: Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Letters to Dorothy Edith Collins from Vincent McNabb: 1938-1939.
  • ff. 31-34v, 39-40, 63, 78-80, 121-123 John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Correspondence with G. K. Chesterton: 1903-[1922].
  • ff. 35-174, passim John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Correspondence of John O'Connor with Frances Alice Chesterton: 1903-1937.
  • ff. 105, 106, 109 Josephine Mary Ward, wife of W P Ward: John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Letters to John O'Connor from Josephine Mary Ward: [1914]-1915.
  • ff. 138-184, passim John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Correspondence of John O'Connor with Dorothy Edith Collins: 1929-1950.
  • f. 148 John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Godfrey Anstruther, OP: Letter to John O'Connor from Godfrey Anstruther: 1932.
  • f. 151 John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: E. W. Hudson, of Hampstead: Letter to John O'Connor from E. W. Hudson: 1933.
  • f. 158 William Ignatius Rice, OSB: Letters to John O'Connor from William Ignatius Rice: 1922-1936.
  • f. 160 John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Henry E. G. Rope, RC priest, of Cleobury Mortimer: Letter to John O'Connor from Henry E. G. Rope: 1936.
  • ff. 169, 170 Edward J. Macdonald, journalist: John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Letters to John O'Connor from Edward J. Macdonald: 1936.
  • f. 177 Frederick Muller, publisher: John O'Connor, RC priest, of Bradford: Letter to John O'Connor from Frederick Muller: 1937: Signed.

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