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James Marshall Osborn collection of Lady Sydney Morgan

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1126

Scope and Contents

Comprised chiefly of letters to Morgan from various friends and admirers, including Anne Jane Gore Hamilton, Joseph Atkinson, Charles Babbage, John Bowring, Richard Burgess, Henry Fothergill Chorley, Richard Ford, Catherine Grace Frances Moody Gore, Richard James Lane, Thomas Charles Morgan, Roderick Impey Murchison, Richard Phillips, Cyrus Redding, Marmion W. Savage, Horace Smith, Joseph Cooper Walker, and Thomas Wallace. There are also a few letters from Morgan to various people; letters to Thomas Charles Morgan from friends and colleagues, including many from Cyrus Redding, Horace Smith, and Thomas Wallace; and several third party letters. In addition, there are three boxes of letters sorted by name of sender, and one manuscript copy in an unidentfifed hand of Lady Sydney Morgan's "The Tabinet Nightcap."

Dates

  • 1803-1859

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of James Marshall and Marie-Louise Osborn, 1950-1951.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically.

Extent

2.5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.morgan

Overview

Comprised chiefly of letters to Morgan from friends and admirers, including Anne Jane Gore Hamilton, Joseph Atkinson, Charles Babbage, John Bowring, Richard Burgess, Henry Fothergill Chorley, Richard Ford, Catherine Grace Frances Moody Gore, Richard James Lane, Thomas Charles Morgan, Roderick Impey Murchison, Richard Phillips, Cyrus Redding, Marmion W. Savage, Horace Smith, Joseph Cooper Walker, and Thomas Wallace. There are also a few letters from Morgan to other correspondents; letters to Thomas Charles Morgan from friends and colleagues, including many from Cyrus Redding, Horace Smith, and Thomas Wallace; and several third party letters. In addition, there are three boxes of letters sorted by name of sender, and one manuscript copy in an unidentified hand of Lady Sydney Morgan's "The Tabinet Nightcap."

Biographical/Historical note

Lady Sydney Morgan (born Sydney Owenson circa 1778 in Dublin, Ireland) was the daughter of the actor Robert Owenson. She was educated at home and at private schools. After serving as a governess she began a writing career, during which she authored numerous works of fiction, including The Wild Irish Girl (1806). The marchioness of Abercorn made Owenson her lady companion, and through Abercorn met and married Sir Thomas Morgan in 1812. She continued writing novels, verse, and works on politics and society. In 1839 she moved to London, where she enjoyed a rich social life. She died in London in 1859.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, competing priorities, and whether or not further accruals are expected. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit. This collection received a basic level of processing, including rehousing, in 2014.

This finding aid was produced from a previously existing card set in the Manuscripts Catalog, or from another inventory. All pertinent bibliographical information has been retained. If the collection also contains unlisted or unsorted material, this has been noted in the Collection Contents.

Former call number: MS Vault Morgan.
Title
Guide to the James Marshall Osborn Collection of Lady Sydney Morgan
Status
Under Revision
Author
by Beinecke staff
Date
June 1997
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository

Contact:
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Location

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Access Information

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