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Dennistoun correspondence

Call Number: OSB MSS 56
Scope and Contents

The Dennistoun Correspondence consists chiefly of letters addressed to James and Isabella Dennistoun. The letters span the dates 1785-1854, with a majority dating from between 1841 and 1854. The Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent; a small group of Other Papers is housed at the end of the collection.

The Correspondence contains primarily social notes, detailing plans for concert attendance, country outings, travel arrangements, and visits to and news of family members and friends. Letters by Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks and George Grove concern exhibition of some of Dennistoun's collection at the Adelphi Institute; letters by Alexander Christie discuss an auction of paintings. Art collecting and Italian painting are also the subjects of letters by William Carnegie, 8th Earl of Northesk and William Sterling Maxwell. Sir George Lewis's letters concern copy of Dennistoun's articles for the Edinburgh Review. In addition, there is a letter of introduction for Dennistoun's first Italian tour by Sir George Canning and a lecture pass signed by John Ruskin.

Other Papers includes occasional poems by James Dennistoun and James Murray of Elibank; one folder of invitations and musical programs; and miscellaneous bibliographical information.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dennistoun Correspondence is 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

Gift of James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn.

0.84 Linear Feet (4 boxes)
Related Names
Dennistoun, James, 1803-1855
Language of Materials