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Percy, Thomas, 1729-1811



Thomas Percy (1729-1811), English clergyman and poet, was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and became vicar of Easton-Maudit, Northamptonshire, in 1753. While at Easton-Maudit he served in several other ecclesiastic roles, including chaplain to the King. In 1782 he was made Bishop of Dromore, in County Down, Ireland, a position he held until his death.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

George Aust papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 270
Scope and Contents: The George Aust Papers consists of professional papers, legal and financial records, professional and personal correspondence, and other documents pertaining to the life and work of British civil servant George Aust. Aust’s papers document his career of over fifty years in government service, including his position as Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs from 1790 to 1796. Correspondents include his wife Sarah Murray Aust; William Eden, first Baron Auckland; Sir James Bland Burges;...
Dates: 1746-1837, bulk 1762-1827

Boswell Collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 89

The Boswell Collection contains the correspondence, diaries, and manuscripts of author James Boswell; estate records, letters, personal and professional papers, and other materials documenting the lives and careers of ten generations of Boswells and their possession of the barony of Auchinleck; and correspondence relating to the political career of Alexander Bruce, Earl of Kincardine.

Dates: 1428-1936, bulk 1700-1795

Barbara Isted collection of Thomas Percy

Call Number: GEN MSS 465

Correspondence, writings, and other papers of and about Thomas Percy, preserved by his daughter Barbara Isted and mainly concerning Percy and Isted family matters, such as inheritances and the death of Barbara Isted's infant daughter. Includes manuscripts of "Oh Nanny wilt thou gang wi' me" and another poem written to his wife, as well as obituaries, copies of his will, genealogies, and copies of poems by other writers.

Dates: 1754-1812

Letter : Dromore House, to Dr. Robert Anderson, 1799 Jul 1

 Part of Collection — Box 22: [Barcode: 39002137224987], Folder: GROUP 387, F-2
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC

Letter : near Northampton, to Messrs. Cadell & Davies, London, 1797 Oct 5

 Part of Collection — Box 22: [Barcode: 39002137224987], Folder: GROUP 387, F-1
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

ALS regarding publication of Oliver Goldsmith's works.

Includes a draft of a reply in the third person.

Dates: 1797 Oct 5

Letter to Bishop Percy, 1790 March 13

 Item — Box 1: Series 1; Series 3; Series 4, Folder: Reynolds 28
Call Number: MSS 30 , Series I
Scope and Contents:

Written from Leicester Fields. A brief note accompanying Boswell's letter of the day before, mentioning his failing eyesight. Verso: Clipping of a short biography of Reynolds. With a stipple engraving of Reynolds by H. Meyer, after M. Haughton (from the original painted by Reynolds himself). Ingamells no. 198.

Dates: 1790 March 13

Letter to the Reverend Thomas Percy, 1777 March 5

 Item — Box 1: Series 1; Series 3; Series 4, Folder: Reynolds 5
Call Number: MSS 30 , Series I
Scope and Contents:

Requesting Thomas Percy's aid on behalf of a relative of Jane [Mrs. Edmund] Burke. Ingamells no. 60.

Dates: 1777 March 5

Letters relating to Thomas Chatterton's Rowley poems, 1782-1804

 Part of Collection — Box 22: [Barcode: 39002137224987], Folder: GROUP 387, F-3
Call Number: GEN MSS MISC
Scope and Contents:

AL, draft, to Edmond Malone, Feb 19, 1782; letter written in manuscript in an unidentified hand, "To the printer of the St. J[ames] Chronicle," printed in the Chronicle Feb 7, 1782, with brief holograph notes written by Percy; manuscript copies of letters to Richard Graves, written in an unidentified hand, Sep 27, 1802, and written by Percy, Dec 6, 1802, with typed transcripts; and postscript to a letter to Robert Anderson, holograph, Apr 7, 1804.

Dates: 1782-1804

Percy family papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 88

Correspondence, covers, and other documents chiefly from members of the Percy family to members of the Davidson family, disbound from album assembled by Thomas Davidson, Jr. Includes routine business and social letters from the first three Dukes of Northumberland to Thomas Davidson and Thomas Davidson, Jr.; letters from Elizabeth Percy to Martha Davidson; one letter by Thomas Percy; and various autographs and seals.

Dates: 1760-1822

Thomas Percy correspondence

Call Number: OSB MSS 39

Correspondence, mainly concerning Percy's duties as a Court preacher, including the scheduling of sermons with various other clergymen. Almost every letter is accompanied by a typed transcription. There is also correspondence from Henry Meen about literature; Meen's work on translations from Greek; and his correction of proofs for Percy.

Dates: 1770-1807

Joseph Ritson collection

Call Number: GEN MSS 76

The collection contains works by and about Ritson, a small quantity of correspondence, and the manuscript of the Bibliographia Scotica.

Dates: 1782-1824