Letters to Joseph Cradock and to J.B. Nichols

Scope and Content

Letters to Joseph Cradock (arranged alphabetically, G-M, N-S), 1760-1826; letters to Mrs Cradock, 1811-15; and the correspondence of John Bowyer Nichols, mainly as Cradock's executor, 1826-8.

Administrative / Biographical History

Joseph Cradock (1742-1826) was an author; John Bowyer Nichols (1779-1863) was a printer, he acted as an executor for Cradock.

Access Information

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk).

Acquisition Information

Bought by the Library, Sotheby's, 17 Dec. 1979, lot 90.


Collection level description created by Susan Thomas, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A description is available in the Library, where there is also a card index to unpublished catalogues.

Custodial History

Sotheby's (Gough Nichols sale), 18 Nov. 1929, lot 150.

Related Material

See also the papers of the Nichols Family, printers and publishers (MSS. Eng. b. 2071-7, c. 6165-6); and correspondence to John and John Bowyer Nichols, regarding the Gentleman's Magazine and the History of Leicestershire (MSS. Eng. lett. b. 11-17; c. 354-71).


Many of the letters to Joseph Cradock are printed in volumes 1 and 4 of his Literary and miscellaneous memoirs (London: 1828).