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Edward Burne-Jones letter to Cormell Price, 1853 November 8

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 6
Call Number: MSS 45

Scope and Contents

Burne-Jones tells Price that he must write a letter to "Harry" (Henry Macdonald), but, not knowing Harry's address, must send it via Price.

Burne-Jones commiserates with Price regarding "the suppression of the Press" which Burne-Jones declares an "act of high-treason against the Great Republic of Literature," "Inquisatorial in a land that acknowledges no Inquisition" and "tyranny." He quotes Tennyson, assuring Price that "the tyrant's cruel glee forces on the freer hour."

Burne-Jones goes on to describe ecclesiastical rows regarding a position at Exeter College or Oxford University, which possibly revolves around the Oxford Movement. (Burne-Jones writes that: "Hook by the by is to be Bishop of Oxford" which could be a reference to Walter Hook. Hook was educated at Oxford but never became bishop of the city.)

Burne-Jones concludes by describing a "profound & exhaustive" sermon by Edward Bouverie Pusey.


  • 1853 November 8


Physical Description

1 folded sheet (4 pages) : autograph letter signed ; 23 x37 cm, folded to 23 x 19 cm

Conditions Governing Access

From the Collection:

The materials are open for research.

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


Addressed from "Exeter Coll." Addressed to Price (on outer leaf) at "8. Sun St. West, Birmingham." With one penny stamp and wax seal.

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