Scope and Contents
Also present are sixteen folders of autograph manuscript letters and documents that William Lee Antoine, an estate owner and member of Parliament from Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire, received from his colleagues and peers including the lords Ludlow, Preston, Sackville, and Southampton, and the Marquis of Tavistock. The letters discuss politics, elections, agriculture, local events, hunts and hounds, and a proposed monument to be erected in London to the memory of Charles James Fox. The letters are enclosed in paper folders annotated during a review of the contents made in the 1820s. The relationship of the material to Cannan, or to his papers, is unknown.
Many of the folders in the collection contain collations and other notes made by Cannan's nephew Edwin Rideout, as he reviewed the papers prior to their transfer to Bertram Rota.
- 1777 - 1925
- Majority of material found within 1907 - 1925
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
4.6 Linear Feet (12 boxes)
Gilbert Cannan (1884-1955)
In 1909 Cannan was cited in the divorce suit between the author James M. Barrie and his wife; Gilbert Cannan and Mary Ansell Barrie were married in April 1910. The couple lived for a period of time in Hawridge Windmill, Cholesbury, Buckinghamshire, which they had converted into a residence, and which became the center of a lively literary and cultural group that included D. H. Lawrence, Lady Ottoline Morrell, Compton Mackenzie, Katherine Mansfield, Mark Gertler, and the South African painter Gwen Wilson, among others. Cannan's affair with Wilson caused the breakup of his marriage in 1918, after which time he began a descent into mental illness. He was certified insane in 1924 and became a patient in The Priory, Roehampton, London. In 1952 Cannan was moved to the Holloway Sanatorium in Surrey, and died there on June 30, 1955.
Edwin Rideout wrote in a letter to the Beinecke Library in 2002: "When Gilbert died my mother took over his papers. I believe there was a cabin trunk full and I know she destroyed a lot of material. When mother died the papers were shipped over to me, that is, what was left of them." Regarding the William Lee Antoine papers, he described them in his inventory of the collection as "A large envelope said to contain letters written in the start of the 19th century. May be nothing to do with GC but in his papers." On the envelope itself he later wrote "Folders full of letters written about 1800 to Mr. Lee Antoine. I think he may have been a Barrister or Lawyer. I just glanced through some of them. I can't think how or why they should be with GC's papers."
- Authors -- England -- 20th Century
- Authors, English -- 20th Century -- Archives
- Bedford, Francis Russell, Duke of, 1788-1861
- Bedfordshire (England) -- Social life and customs
- Butler, Samuel, 1835-1902
- Cannan, Gilbert, 1884-1955
- English literature -- 20th Century
- Fox, Charles James, 1749-1806
- Lee Antoine, William, 1764-1815
- Photographs -- England -- 20th Century
- Sackville-Germain, Charles, 1767-1843
- Southampton, George Ferdinand Fitzroy, Lord, 1761-1810
- Guide to the Gilbert Cannan Papers
- by Sandra Markham
- Language of description
- Finding aid written in English.