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John Wilson papers

Call Number: OSB MSS 45
Scope and Contents

The John Wilson Papers contain correspondence and a few other papers mostly relating to the publication of Wilson's first book, The Isle of Palms. The papers span the dates 1810-1844 and are organized into two series.

Series I, Correspondence , is housed in folders 1-26 and arranged alphabetically by correspondent. The majority of the letters are addressed to the Glasgow booksellers John Smith & Son and concern the publication and distribution of The Isle of Palms. Correspondents include other booksellers; subscribers to the first edition; and customers of the Glasgow firm. Individual letters have been more fully described in the box and folder listing.

Folders 16-26 contain letters from Wilson himself to John Smith, Jr., who became a friend as well as a business associate. The first 28 letters date from 1810-1812 and are mostly concerned with Wilson's poetry and his keen interest in all aspects of the publication and sales of his first work. The remainder are briefer but contain personal news, requests for shipments of books and magazines, and occasional comments on Wilson's work for Blackwood's.

Series II, Other Papers , contains a holograph of Wilson's "Lines Raised to the Memory of the Rev. James Grahame;" copies of sonnets and of "The Endless Stream," all by Wilson; and a copy of the 1812 subscription list for The Isle of Palms.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The John Wilson Papers are the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased on the James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn Fund, 1974. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

0.41 Linear Feet (1 box)
Related Names
Wilson, John, 1785-1854
Smith, John, approximately 1784-1871
Language of Materials