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The Papers of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) from the British Library, London

Detailed Listing

This listing is based upon the British Library Catalogue of Additional Manuscripts. Please note that some volumes have now been moved to the Department of Printed Books and have been given a new shelfmark. This is indicated at the end of an entry where this is relevant. Scholars may also wish to refer to the detailed account of Coleridge manuscripts provided in the Index of English Literary Manuscripts, Volume IV: 1800-1900, Part 1, edited by Barbara Rosenbaum (London: Mansell 1982.)

The ‘Ottery Collection’ is found on reels 5 to 12 inclusive.


Add Ms - 27901

Gutch Memorandum Book. This belonged to John Matthew Gutch (1776-1861) who was at Christ’s Hospital with Coleridge and Lamb, and removed to Bristol in 1803 where he edited Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal until 1844. The Memorandum Book includes notes, fragments of poems, and a list of proposed works. Circa 1795-1800. Some idea of the poetic language, style of note-taking and range of topics included can be gleaned from the four pages reproduced on pages 17 and 18 of this guide.

"Truth is compared in scripture to a streaming fountain; if her waters flow not in perpetual progression, they stagnate into a muddy pool….”

"It surely is not impossible that to some infinitely superior being the whole universe may be one plain - the distance between planet and planet only the pores that exist in any grain of sand - and the distances between system & system no greater than the distance between one grain and the grain adjacent.”

Add Ms - 27902

Poetical Pieces, including ‘My Lesbia, let us love,’ ‘The Stripling’s War-song,’ ‘The Dark Ladie,’ and ‘The Death of the Starling.’

Add Ms 28096

Corrections and notes in Southey’s Joan of Arc. This is the first edition [1796]. Includes also the autograph preface to Southey’s ‘Letters written during a short residence in Spain and Portugal.’


Add Ms - 34046

Correspondence with the Stuarts, 118 letters in total. Daniel Stuart (1766-1846) was owner and editor of the Morning Post (from 1795) and the Courier (from 1796). He cultivated a wide range of contributors to his journals including Coleridge, Lamb, Mackintosh, Southey and Wordsworth. Eighty-seven letters are from Coleridge, circa 1800– 14 October 1828 (ff 2-110). Eighteen are from William Wordsworth, 21 December 1801- 17 May 1838 (ff 114-131). Thirteen, including three autograph poems are from Robert Southey, 3 January 1799- 3 May 1838 (ff 132-148). The remaining letters include one from Thomas Clarkson, anti-slavery agitator, to Daniel Stuart (f 52), 4 February 1809, and one from Stuart to the Stamp Commissioners concerning a weekly paper to be published by Coleridge, The Friend, 19 December 1808, with note of reply (f 44). (ff153)

Add Ms - 34047

Aids to Reflection in the Formation of Manly Character [1825]. Copy with autograph notes and additions by Coleridge, and dedication by him to Daniel Stuart. The new reference in Printed Books for this volume is C 134.c.10.

Add Ms - 34225

Autograph poems, prose pieces, letters, etc, of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, including:-
1. Dura Navis: a poem written as a school exercise in his fifteenth year, with remarks upon it added when he was 51. f 1. Printed from this MS by J Dykes Campbell, Poetical Works of S T Coleridge, 1893, p 1.

2. Two incomplete drafts of The Destiny of Nations (cf Campbell, p 70).f 5.

3. Hymn before Sunrise in the Vale of Chamouny (ib pp 165, 521). Coleridge intreats Mrs. Brabant to “excuse the slovenly state into which this copy has degenerated from candles and carelessness … It is however a correct copy, and the only correct copy in existence.” f 7.

4. Two drafts of Lines to a Comic Author, on an abusive Review (cf Campbell, p 451). ff 9, 10.

5. A Character (cf Campbell, p 195). f 10.

6. Faith, Hope, Charity. From the Italian of Guarini. f 14.

7. Question, Answer, and Soliloquy (printed from this manuscript by Campbell, p 642). Dated 2 Sept. 1826. f 18.

8. The Triumph of Loyalty: an historic Drama in five acts. First performed with
universal applause at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on Saturday February 7th, 1801. Imperfect at the end. f 25 It was certainly not performed on the above date; and it does not appear to have ever been performed, if it was ever completed. An extract, ‘The Night-Scene,’ was published in Sibylline Leaves, 1817 (see Campbell, pp 183, 637, and ff 32-34 of the present MS.)

9. Fragmentary drafts of a play entitled Diadesté, an entertainment in one act. ff36-46.

10. Notes on Shakespeare (see Notes and Lectures on Shakespeare, etc,1849, vol. I, pp 66, 89, 105). ff 47-53.

11. Desultory Remarks on the present state of the Higher Drama, as connected with the Stage (see Notes and Lectures, vol i pp 34-7). ff 54-56b.

12. Notes on some of Shakespeare's contemporaries, and on the humour of Sterne (cf Nos vii and ix of a Course of Lectures delivered in 1818, Notes and Lectures, vol ii pp 37, 83). ff 57, 68.

13. Fragment of the Gests of Maxilian; not included in the ‘sundry select chapters’ published in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Jan 1822. f 81.

14. ‘Weather-bound Traveller. Rough sketch of the introductory circumstances.’ f 84. See Allsop, Letters, Conversations, and Recollections of S T Coleridge, 3rd ed, 1864, p 29.

15. Confessions of an inquiring Spirit: probably an early draft, with many slight variations from the printed edition. f 85.

16. Part of a draft of Church and State, agreeing more or loss closely with the edition of 1830, pp 56-78. f 115.

17. Notes on various philosophical and other subjects, such as:

(a) ‘On the distinguishing characters of Man and Mankind.’ f 128;

(b) On Motion, discussing Kant's view. f 144;

(c) ‘Zoomagnetism.’ f 146 ;

(d) Genesis. f 149.

(e) The origin of the Pelagasi. f 155;

(f) “Subordination of the Super-temporal, of Co-eternals.” f 158;

(g) On the Absolute. f 160;

(h) ‘Of the dependence of Genius on the Taste of the Public.’ f 165.

18. List in Coleridge's handwriting of the diplomas and testimonials of Dr Gioachino de' Prati, with a testimonial added by himself. f 168.

19. Five leaves (pp 637-646) of the Eclectic Review, vol ix (1813), with marginal notes by Coleridge (on a review of Morton's Essay on the Trinity). f 170.

20. Autograph drafts of letters:-

(a) “To a man who offered to review W Scott’s poems to his injury,” defending Scott against the charge of plagiarizing from Christabel; [Dec 1811] f 175;

(b) to a Jewish friend (most probably Hyman Hurwitz) on the Jewish and Christian creeds; 4 Jan. 1820. f 182;

(c) the editor of Blackwood's Monthly Magazine, on the theory of Comets; [1820?] f 187;

(d) to the editor of the Quarterly Review, proposing to review Napier’s Peninsular War vol I [1828 or later]. f 188.

At the end are included the following original letters:-

(i.) Hartley Coleridge to James Gillman, junior; 26 June, 1819. f 190;

(ii.) William Wordsworth to H N Coleridge, on hearing of the death of S T Coleridge; 29 July, 1834. f 192;

(iii.) John Sterling to James Gillman on the epitaph to Coleridge; 9 Oct. 1834. f 194.

Paper; ff 195.


Add Ms - 35343-35344: Literary Mss and Poole Correspondence.

Thomas Poole (1765-1837) of Nether Stowey, Somerset, first met Coleridge in about 1794, and provided Coleridge with a financial assistance and a house where he lived between 1796 and July 1800, a period in which he wrote most of his finest poems. The Poole Correspondence covers three volumes; material relating to Coleridge, including autograph drafts, is found in the first two (Add Ms 35343-35344) reproduced here. Volume three (Add Ms 35345) mostly concerns the correspondence with Josiah Wedgwood and his relations and is not produced here.

Add Ms - 35343 -

Vol. I. (ff 389).

1. Poems, etc, mostly holograph, of S T Coleridge, viz:

(a) Two drafts (the first incomplete) of Lewti or the Circassian's Love-chant. In the first draft the title was originally The wild Indian's Love-chaunt and the name ’Cora’ was used instead of ‘Lewti.’ f 1;

(b) Osorio (the original form of Remorse), Act I. f 4;

(c) “The original of a discourse written for whom I neither know nor care as a College Commemoration sermon, Oct. 6th, 1799." f 31;

(d) Fragment of Religious Musings; beg. “And lo! the Great, the Rich, the Mighty Men” ends“Spring up on freshen'd pinion. The Good Man.” f 65;

(e) “Lines to Lavinia Poole” [published as Lines to a Young Lady, with the name ‘Louisa’ substituted], dated 31 March,1798. Copy by J Draper, in a letter to T Poole, 22 Oct 1836. f 68;

(f) Lines to T Poole, inviting him to dinner, Jan 1797. Written on the back of a prospectus of lectures by Coleridge on the English Rebellion and the French Revolution, in June, 1795; begins “Plucking flowers from the Galaxy.” Printed (except a postscript of four lines) in Thomas Poole and his Friends (vid infra), i p 211. f.70;

(g) Lines to T Poole on his “georgoepiscopal meanderings,” Sept 1807. Printed ibid ii, p 196. f 72;

(h) Notes of a conversation on Miracles between T Poole and S T Coleridge, Aug 1807. In Coleridge's hand, with a note by Poole. f 74.

2. Catalogues:

(a) of Coleridge's letters to Poole, sent to J H Green, Coleridge’s executor, 4 Jun 1835. In Poole's hand, with notes of contents, circumstances, etc. f 76;

(b) of letters of T Poole to Coleridge, sent to Mrs Sandford. f 81.

3. Correspondence of S T Coleridge and T Poole, 1795-1830.

Most of Coleridge's letters (86 in all) have been printed, either completely, or in extracts, in the Supplement to Biographia Literaria (ed H N Coleridge, 1847); in Thomas Poole, and his Friends (1888), by Mrs H Sandford, daughter-in-law of Mrs J Sandford, Poole's niece, to whom these letters descended by inheritance or in Letters of S T Coleridge (edited by E H Coleridge, 1895); and the whole material was used by Mrs Sandford for the purposes of her book. ff 82-389.

Add Ms - 35344 -

Vol II. (ff 267).

1. Letters from S T Coleridge:

(a) to Josiah Wedgwood; 21 Apr 1800. f 1;

(b) to G Ward; Apr. 1808, 10 June, 1810. ff 4, 6. 2. Letters to T Poole from:

(a) Sara, wife of S T Coleridge; 1799-1834. Some written by an amanuensis. ff 8-94;

(b) Hartley Coleridge; 1817-1819. The last includes a note from Thomas Ward, Apr 1819. Thomas Ward, Apr. 1819. ff 95-102;

(c) Sara [wife of H N] Coleridge; 5 Sept 1834. f 104;

(d) Henry Nelson Coleridge; 1833-1836. With two (ff 118 131) from T Poole to him. ff 106-132;

(f) Francis George Coleridge; [Aug. 1835]. f 133;

(g) William Wordsworth;1798-1815. With a letter (f 139) from Dorothy Wordsworth, 4 July1799,and copies of letters (ff 142, 143) from W Wordsworth to C J Fox and William Wilberforce, enclosed in a note from S T Coleridge to T Poole, Jan 1801. ff 135-161;

(h) Charles Lamb; 14 Feb - 5 May, 1804. ff 166-169;

(i) Robert Southey; 1799-1800. ff 170, 172;

(k) Lieut Thomas Southey; Nov 1806. f 176;

(l) John Kenyon; 10 May, 1834. With verses. f 178;

(m) William Godwin; 28 Jan 1804. f 182;

(n) Thomas Clarkson; 1805-1807. ff 188-195;

(o) Joseph Henry Green; 1834-1835. With a copy of a letter (f 200) from Poole to Green. ff 198-203;

(p) Joseph Cottle; 1807, 1835-6. With a draft of a letter (f 214) from Poole to Cottle. ff 204-218;

(q) various writers; 1794-1836. ff 219-262.

3. Copy of an agreement between John Bartholomew and W Wordsworth for the latter’s tenancy of Alfoxden, 14 July, 1797; with draft of a letter from T Poole to Mrs St Aubyn on the subject, 16 Sept 1797. ff 162, 164.

4. Letter from Robert Southey to Rev John Sandford; 27 Aug 1830. f 174.

5. Letters to S T Coleridge from:

(a) William Godwin; 6 Jan [1802]. f 181;

(b) John Thelwall; 10 May, [1796]. f 183;

(c) Sir James Mackintosh; 30 Jan 1802. f 186.

6. Letter from D[aniel] Stuart to Mrs S T Coleridge; 9 Feb 1799. f 196.

7. Letter from [Sir Alexander Ball, Governor of Malta] to Leckie; Naples, 24 Aug 1804. f 263.

8. “Some account of the death of Sir Alexander Gibson Carmichael, Bart.” [May, 1850]. f 265.


Add Ms - 36532

Letters and remains of S T Coleridge, etc:

(1) Letter to Mr Williams [resident at Mr J Gillmau's, Highgate, and a disciple of Coleridge], 24 Sept 1816, from Mudiford, Christchurch, Hants. f 1 ;

(2) Letter to the same, 12 Dec 1817, from Highgate, giving an abstract of a lecture on Metaphysics. f 3;

(3) Fragment of a letter, including signature. n d. f 5 ;

Part of a note-book (pp 1-24, 31, 32)containing memoranda on various topics, principally various topics, principally philosophical, but including a copy of a letter to Williams, and the lines beginning “The rose that blushes like the morn.” [Poetical Works, edited by J D Campbell, p 451]. In severa1cases Coleridge’s name or initials are appended to the entries. f 6 ;

(5) Philosophical fragment, imperfect. f 20;

(6) Notes on ossification, including extracts from published books. f 21;

(7) Verses, beginning “When a Poet’s in love, he will sing with sublimity.” Endorsed ‘Coleridge,’ but they do not appear among his published works. f 26 ;

(8) Verses, beginning “The Wanton's charms, however bright"; in pencil. f 27;

(9) Verses to Eliza, begins “Let those who know not how to love.” Imperfect. f 28 ;

(l0) Charades, in verse. At the end is the name, ‘Miss Williams.’ f 29;

(11) Verses beginning“Oh Death ! how grim and doleful is thy pomp.” f 31;

(12) Diary of a visit to the Isle of Wight, 24 Aug – 29 Sept 1839. f 33. The last article certainly has nothing to do with Coleridge, and there is nothing to show that the verses in arts. 8-11 are by him. Paper; ff 58.

Add Ms - 36997

Letters from Dorothy Wordsworth, sister of William Wordsworth, to Catharine Clarkson, wife of Thomas Clarkson, the anti-slavery philanthropist, 15 July 1803 - 6 Nov 1830. Other letters include:

(a) Sara Hutchinson, sister of Mrs Wordsworth; 9 Apr 1804. f 14b;

(b) William Wordsworth; [Apr 1806],31 Dec. 1814. ff. 42 b, 132. The second letter is a comment on the reception of the Excursion and the attack in the Edinburgh Review;

(c) Mrs Wordsworth; [20 Jan 1807]. f 53 b;

(d) Dorothy Wordsworth to Mrs. Luff; 4 Mar [1824]. f 196. There are references throughout to the affairs of Coleridge, and occasional notices of Southey and De Quincey. The progress of W Wordsworth's poems is noted; and copies of the Solitary

Reaper and of Yarrow Visited are at ff 32 b, 131.

Paper; ff 207.

(Please note that this volume also appears in our project Abolition and Emancipation, Part 6 which brings together the papers of Thomas Clarkson from the British Library).

Add Ms - 43826

Marginalia in August Wilhelm Rehberg’s Über das Verhältniss der Metaphysik zu der Religion [1787]. The marginalia are faint; a typewritten transcript is found at ff ii-iii. The front flyleaf (f 1) has ‘Sara Hutchinson. S.T. Coleridge’, the back flyleaf (f 94) ‘S.T. Coleridge August 29th Syracuse 1804.’ Rehberg (1757-1836) was a philosopher and journalist. The new reference in Printed Books for this volume is C 134.b.13.

Paper; ff iii + 94. Lot 657 in the sale of Joseph Henry Green’s Library.


Add Mss 47496-47558 The Ottery Collection

The material that was accumulated at the home of the descendents of Coleridge’s brother James, at Ottery St Mary, Devon is found in Add Ms 47496-47558 and was presented to the Library by the Pilgrim Trust. Other manuscript material from the same source may be found in the Bodleian Library, MSS Eng lett c 142-3, d 126-137. The collection mainly consists of a series of 55 notebooks which were described by T C Skeat in the British Museum Quarterly of 1952 (Vol XVI, no 4):

“Covering as they do the whole of his adult life, they preserve an almost continuous record of the workings of an extraordinary intellect, with its rare union of critical and creative powers. For here is not only the work of the scholar and the critic, the significant passage copied, or the judgement passed, but the inspiration of the poet, jotted down in all its immediacy lest it suffer the fate of 'Kubla Khan'. These notebooks are, in fact, the written counterpart of the celebrated Table Talk, and hold for the reader the same fascination as Coleridge's brilliant conversation exercised over his hearers.”

Add Ms 47496-47550 comprise Coleridge’s notebooks from 1794-1834. Interspersed are notes by Mrs Anne Gillman and Ernest Hartley Coleridge. Other Coleridge notebooks are Add Ms 27901, (above, reel 1), and in Victoria College Library, Univeristy of Toronto, Coleridege Collection MSS 2 (1804), 3 (1812), 4 (1809-18), 10 (1814), 11 (1810-15), 24 (18111-20), 25 (1809-18), 26 (1809), and in the Berg Collection, New York Public Library (no ‘29’, 1814-25).

Add Ms - 47496Vol. INo ‘1’ - 1794-1812

Add Ms - 47497Vol. IINo ‘2’ 30 July-Sept 1802

Add Ms - 47498Vol. IIINo ‘3’ 1798-1799

Add Ms - 47499Vol. IVNo ‘3 1/2’ 26 Sept 1798-1823

Add Ms - 47500Vol. VNo ‘4’ - 27 Nov 1799-1803

Add Ms - 47501Vol. VINo ‘5’ Sept-Nov 1799

Add Ms - 47502Vol. VIINo ‘5 1/2’ April-Oct 1800

Add Ms - 47503Vol. VIII - No ‘6’ April 1801-Aug 1803

Add Ms - 47504Vol. IXNo ‘7’ 21 Aug 1803-5 June 1812

Add Ms - 47505Vol. XNo ‘8’ 28 Jan 1802– June 1803


Add Ms - 47506Vol. XINo ‘9’ 26 Jan –16 Apr 1804

Add Ms - 47507Vol. XIINo ‘10’ 2 Feb 1800 - circ. 23 May 1804

Add Ms - 47508Vol. XIII - No ‘11’ 6 Sept 1806 - 25 Nov 1810

Add Ms - 47509Vol. XIV - No ‘12’ 1807

Add Ms 47510Vol. XVNo ‘13’ July 1808– Mar 1812

Add Ms - 47511Vol. XVI - No ‘14’ Feb 1808-23 Mar 1812

Add Ms - 47512 Vol. XVII - No ‘15’ 19 Apr 1804– May 1808

Add Ms - 47513 Vol. XVIII - No ‘16’ 15 Aug 1803– Sept 1824


Add Ms - 47514 Vol. XIX - No ‘17’ 4 Feb 1805– 1827

Add Ms - 47515 Vol. XXNo ‘18’ 1805-1819

Add Ms - 47516Vol. XXI - No ‘19’ 1807-1817

Add Ms - 47517 Vol. XXII - No ‘20’ 16 May 1808- [1824?]

Add Ms - 47518 Vol. XXIII - No ‘21’ 6 Dec 1797-29 Sept 1812


Add Ms - 47519 Vol. XXIV - No ‘21 1/2’ 1804-circ. 1822

Add Ms - 47520Vol. XXV - No ‘22’ 4 Apr 1801-circ. 1819

Add Ms - 47521 Vol. XXVI - No ‘23’ Aug 1807-5 May 1827

Add Ms - 47522 Vol. XXVII - No ‘24’ 1806-1819

Add Ms - 47523 Vol. XXVIII - No ‘25’ 1808-1822

Add Ms - 47524 Vol. XXIX - No ‘26’ 1826

Add Ms - 47525 Vol. XXX - No ‘27’ Apr 1818-1819


Add Ms - 47526 - - Vol. XXXI - No ‘28’ 1819-[1824?]

Add Ms - 47527 Vol. XXXII - No ‘30’ 1823-1824

Add Ms - 47528 Vol. XXXIII - No ‘33’ 1827

Add Ms - 47529 Vol. XXXIV - No ‘34’ 1827

Add Ms - 47530 Vol. XXXV - No ‘35’ 1827

Add Ms - 47531 Vol. XXXVI - No ‘36’ 1827

Add Ms - 47532 Vol. XXXVII - No ‘37’ 1828

Add Ms - 47533 Vol. XXXVIII - No ‘38’ 1829

Add Ms - 47534 Vol. XXXIX - No ‘39’ 1829

Add Ms - 47535 Vol. XLNo ‘40’ 1828

Add Ms - 47536 Vol. XLI - No ‘41’ 1829


Add Ms - 47537 Vol. XLII - No ‘42’ 1829

Add Ms - 47538 Vol. XLIII - No ‘43’ 1830

Add Ms - 47539 Vol. XLIV - No ‘44’ 1830

Add Ms - 47540 Vol. XLV - No ‘45’ 1830

Add Ms - 47541 Vol. XLVI - No ‘46’ 1830

Add Ms - 47542 Vol. XLVII - No ‘47’ 1830

Add Ms - 47543 Vol. XLVIII - No ‘48’ 1830


Add Ms - 47544 Vol. XLIX - No ‘49’ 1830-1832

Add Ms - 47545 - - Vol. LNo ‘50’ 1831-1832

Add Ms - 47546 - - Vol. LINo ‘51’ 1833

Add Ms - 47547 - - Vol. LIINo ‘52’ 1833

Add Ms - 47548 Vol. LIII - No ‘53’ 1833

Add Ms 47549 Vol. LIV - No ‘54’ 1833

Add Ms - 47550 Vol. LVNo ‘55’ [1833?]- 1834

Add Ms - 47551 -

Vol LVI (ff 33). Volume entitled 'Poetical Attempts’ (ff 3,4), containing twenty early poems by S T Coleridge evidently written out by him for members of his family and showing variations, mostly verbal, from the published versions; 1789-1792. Imperfect (see below). Variant readings from the manuscript, listed as ‘MS Ottery,’ were printed, with some inaccuracies, in The Poetical Works, edited by E H Coleridge, 1912. As follows:

The Progress of Vice:An Ode, begins “Deep in the gulph of Vice and Woe.” f 4;

(2)On Imitation, begins “All are not born to soar-and ah! how few.” f 5;

(3) An Anthem, begins “Seraphs! around th'Eternal's seat who throng.” ff 5b-6;

(4) An Ode on the destruction of the Bastile, begins “Heard'st thou yon universal cry.” ff 6b-8;

(5) Monody on the death of Chatterton, begins “Now prompts the Muse poetic lays.” ff 8b-llb;

(6) Monody on a Tea Kettle, begins “O Muse! who sangest late another's pain'.” ff 12-13;

(7) The Nose, a Rhapsody, begins “Ye souls! unus'd to lofty verse”'. ff 13b- 15;

O curas hominum - O quantum est in rebus inane, begins “The fervid Sun had more than halv'd the Day.” ff 15b-17b;

Happiness, a Poem, begins“On wide or narrow scale shall Man.” ff 18-21;

Ode to Sleep, begins “Tis hard on Bagshot heath to try,” 17 Aug 1791. ff 21b;

(11) Begins “Th'indignant bard compos'd this furious ode” 23 Aug 1791. ff 22b-23;

(12) Ode on the Ottery and Tiverton Church Music, begins “Hence-soul- dissolving Harmony.” ff 23b-24;

(13) Sonnet 1. To my Muse, begins“Though no bold flights to thee belong.” f 25;

(14) Sonnet 2, begins “As late I journey'd o'er th'extensive plain” Sept 1789. f 26;

(15) Sonnet 3, begins “Maid of my Love! Sweet Genevieve!” f 27;

(16) Sonnet 5. On receiving an account, that my Sister's Death was inevitable, begins “The tear, which mourn'd a brother's fate, scarce dry.” For a later copy see Add Ms 47554, f 42b, f 28;

(17) Sonnet 7. Sent to Mrs. - with an Amelia, begins “Virtues and Woes alike too great for Man.” f 29;

(18) Sonnet 8, begins “O meek attendant of . . .” Imperfect. f 30;

(19) Sonnet 9. On quitting Christ's Hospital, begins “Farewell! Parental scenes! a sad farewell.” f 31;

(20) Begins [“Once could the Moon's first beams, the healthful breeze.”] Imperfect. f 32.

Also included (f. 29b) is an unfinished poem by John Taylor Coleridge (knt 1835), the poet's nephew, on the death of his brother, Bernard Frederick, in 1805, begins “Cease thou, lorn mother, cease those bitter tears.” According to an early pagination, in which the numbers 17 and 18 are mistakenly repeated, two leaves are missing between ff 27-28 and 28-29. Two leaves (ff 30, 32) are torn in half. Among miscellaneous notes, Latin verses, sketches, etc., are notes by James Duke Coleridge (f 33), the signature of his brother John Taylor (f 2) while at Eton, and the name ‘Charlotte Baker’ (f 2).

Add Ms - 47552 -

Vol LVII (ff iii+94). The Poetical Works of Mr. William Collins [1781] The edition edited by J Langhorne. On the flyleaf are two autograph signed poems to Fanny Nesbit, 1793. Both were printed with a number of variations, mostly verbal, in Poems on Various Subjects , 1796, pp. 78-81, and in later editions. Variant readings from the present version were printed in The Poetical Works, edited by E H Coleridge, 1912, pp 45-47. See also W Braekman, ‘The Influence of William Collins on poems written by Coleridge in 1793,’ Revue des Langues Vivantes, xxxi, 1965, pp 228-239, where the present text of the first poem is printed in full. As follows: (1) Cupid turn'd chymist (later entitled 'Kisses'), begins ‘Cupid (if ancient legends tell aright)’; July 1793. ff ib-iib; (2) ‘On presenting a Moss Rose to Miss F. Nesbitt’ (later entitled 'The Rose'), begins “As late each flow’r that sweetest blows.” f iii. Owned, 1838, by Sir John Taylor Coleridge. -

Add Ms - 47553

Vol. LVIII (ff ii + 233). Letters to Sir John Taylor Coleridge , Justice of the Queen’s Bench, and other papers, 1794-1849. The writers are:

(1) Robert Southey; 1815-1836. Printed by W Braekman in Studia Germanica Gandensia, vi, 1964, pp 103-230. ff 1-47b. Among enclosures, which were in general merely noted by Braekman, are:

(a) Drafts of two articles printed, with omissions, in the Quarterly Review, 1825, vols xxxii, pp 355-397, xxxiii, pp 134-176. ff 70-86b, 94-lllb;

(b) Transcripts of correspondence in the hand of Southey's daughter, Edith May. ff 13-18, 119-121b.

(2) William Wordsworth; 1838-1849, n.d. Some letters were printed in Letters of the Wordsworth Family from 1787 to 1855, ed. W. A. Knight, 1907, vol iii (reprinted in The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: the Later Years, edited by E. de Selincourt, 1939, vols ii, iii). For the remainder and for the correction of errors and omissions in the foregoing see W Braekman, Studia Germanica Gandensia, xi, 1969, pp. 155-166.

Also included (ff 168-176) are drafts and two variant versions (copy, f 168, and printed, f 173) of the memorial inscription by Wordsworth to Southey in Crosthwaite Church printed in The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, edited by E de Selincourt and H. Darbishire, iv, 1947, p 278, and also a prose memorial (f 177), 1843. ff 148-182b.

(3) Samuel Taylor Coleridge; 1822-1825. ff 188-221b. Preceded and followed by other Coleridge material, as follows:

(a) Two letters to his brother James, 1794, 1802. ff 183-186b;

(b) Letter on Chapman's Homer to Sara Hutchinson; 12 Feb. 1808. Extract in Sara Hutchinson's hand, with annotations by Henry Nelson Coleridge. f 187;

(c) Notes on Sir Thomas Browne's Religio Medici. Imperfect. Copy. Printed by H N Coleridge in The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, i, 1836, pp 247-248. f 222;

(d) Two letters to James Gillman the younger, 24, 22 Oct 1826. Imperfect. Copies, the originals being in New York Public Library. ff 223-230;

(e) Letter to his godson, A S Kennard; 13 July 1834. Copy. f 231.

All the letters were printed in The Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 6 vols, 1956-1971, by E L Griggs, who has recorded instances of earlier publication.

At the end of the volume (f 223) is an anonymous account (originally placed in Add Ms 47556) of a tour from Keswick to the Scottish Highlands, in which reference is made to Mrs Frances Duke Patteson, sister of Sir J T Coleridge, aft 17 May 1830.

Armorial bookplate of Bernard, Lord Coleridge (f i).


Add Ms - 47554

Vol. LIX (ff ii + 44). Poems, mostly by nephews of S T Coleridge, many of them written at Eton or Oxford; 1791-1823, nd. Copies, in the hand of Sir John Taylor Coleridge nd of Sir John Taylor Coleridge (d 1876). The writers are:

(1) Sir J T Coleridge; 1807-1814. ff 1-20b, 42b (?), 43b-44b.

(2) Henry Nelson Coleridge; 1820, 1821, nd. Most were printed in The Etonian, 1820-1821, vols. i, pp. 57, 67, 68, 210, 273, ii, pp 58, 144, 340-348, 352. ff 21-30b.

(3) The Rev Edward Coleridge; 1817-1823, n.d. ff 20b, 31-42.

(4) S T Coleridge; two poems. Viz:

(a) ‘An Imitation of one of the Minnesinger of the Thirteenth Century . ..’ first printed

with variations in The New Times, 31 Jan 1818 (see T M Raysor, Coleridge’s Shakespearian Criticism, 1930, ii, p 307) and later published, with further variations, as the latter part of 'The Blossoming of the Solitary Date-Tree' in The Poetical Works, 1828, ii, pp 97-101. f 42;

(b) ‘On receiving an account that the death of his only sister Ann was inevitable,’ 1791, showing some verbal variations from the text first printed by H N Coleridge in The Poetical Works, 1834, i, pp 33-34, but agreeing fairly closely with the version in Add Ms 47551, f 28. f 42b. The poem, ‘Lines sent with a collection of MSS. to John May, Esqre,’ 31 May 1812 (f 42b), was also attributed to S T Coleridge by W. Braekman who printed it in Notes and Queries. ccviii, 1963, pp 181-82, but the initials at the foot appear to be those of Sir J T Coleridge.

(5) Sara Coleridge, cousin and later wife of H N Coleridge: ‘To Zoe King,’ Clifton, 1823. f 43.

A watercolour drawing (by the Rev Edward Coleridge?) of the Chanter’s House, Ottery St Mary, Devon, before reconstruction in 1849, has been laid down inside the front cover (f i). Contemporary blue morocco binding, blind-and gold-tooled. Armorial bookplate of Bernard, Lord Coleridge (f ii).

Add Ms - 47555

Vol LX - (ff 40). Autobiography of Rev Edward Coleridge (1800-1883), successively Assistant (1823) and Lower (1850) Master and Fellow (1857) of Eton College, compiled 14 January 1876 - 4 September 1877, accompanied by extensive memoranda (ff 1b-16b), and followed (ff 19b-38) by a list of his pupils, 29 Apr 1825—14 Jan 1857, with notes on their personal qualities, etc. A poem addressed to Charles Yonge, his tutor at Eton, dated Nov 1874, is at ff 39b, 40.

Add Ms - 47556

Vol LXI (ff iii + 77). Coleridge family correspondence, 1667-1836, chiefly relating to S T Coleridge’s brothers Captain John Coleridge, and Lieutenant Francis Syndercombe Coleridge, who served in India. Annotated copies by Bernard, Lord Coleridge, who printed extracts in The Story of a Devonshire House, 1905. The letter from F S Coleridge to his sister Ann, 25 Oct 1784 (ff 36-37), was printed in part by H N Coleridge in his edition of S T Coleridge’s Biographia Literaria, 1847, ii, pp 317-318.

Armorial bookplate of Bernard, Lord Coleridge (f ii).

Add Ms - 47557

Vol LXII (ff iii + 197). Coleridge family correspondence, 1813-1842, between Henry Nelson Coleridge and Sara his wife with his brother Sir John Taylor Coleridge and Mary his wife, 1813-42. Used by Lord Coleridge, op cit.

Armorial bookplate of Bernard, Lord Coleridge (f i).

Add Ms - 47558

Vol LXIII (ff i + 150). Coleridge family correspondence, 1811-1840. Letters from Henry Nelson Coleridge to his brothers, Rev James Duke Coleridge, and Francis George Coleridge, 1811-1840. Included are a few other letters, etc, mostly exchanged between friends and relations at the time of H N Coleridge’s death on 26 Jan 1843. At f 113 is a copy of a poem by H N Coleridge on the death of his aunt, Mrs Dorothy Ayer Brown, Jan 1831. Used by Lord Coleridge, op cit.

Armorial bookplate of Bernard, Lord Coleridge (f i).


Add Ms - 50824

Letters and Verses of Literary Men, etc, 1807-1868, nd. Followed (ff 14-23) by copies of ff 1-10. On f i occurs the note “Florence M[ary] Eaton. Mr Burcham left me these autograp[h]s.” Miss Eaton (1878-1961) was the daughter of George Clayton Eaton of Eaton Hall, Norwich: Robert Partridge Burcham (1812-1894) was a partner of Sir William Jenner and an amateur artist. Presented by T C Eaton, Major A C Eaton and Miss M R Eaton, nephews and niece of Miss F M Eaton. Paper; ff ii+23.

f 1. Verses of S T Coleridge, addressed “To M[ary] M[organ] and C[harlotte] B[rent],” begins “To know, t'esteem, to love - and then to part”; dated from “St James's Square [Bristol], Sunday [22] November 1807”. At the foot of the leaf is written, in another hand, “M[ary?] M[organ?] 22.” A different version is published under the title To Two Sisters, in The Poetical Works of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, edited by E H Coleridge, Oxford, 1912, i, pp 410-12. See also W Braekman, ‘A reconsideration of the genesis of S T Coleridge's poem "On taking leave of Û",’ Notes and Queries, ccix, Jan 1964, pp 21-4.

2. ff 2-10b. Letters to John J Morgan, physician, of Bristol:

i. ff 2-7. S T Coleridge; 1808-1816. Printed in The Collected Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed E L Griggs, Oxford, 1971, vi, pp 1018-20, 1029-31, 1040-2.

ii. ff 8-9b. Charles and Mary Lamb; circa 15-17 Aug 1815. Printed in The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, ed Edwin W Marrs Jr, Ithaca and London, iii, 1978, pp184-91. iii. ff. 10-10b. Charles Lamb; 9 July 1816. Imperfect. Printed in The Letters of Charles and Mary Lamb, iii, pp 222-3.

3. ff 11-12b. Letter of Sir William Jenner, physician, to Miss Brown; 6 Feb 1862. 4. f 13. Letter of William Morris to [Dante Gabriel?] Rossetti; 26 May 1868.

Add Ms - 50847

Kubla Khan, c 1797-1804. Autograph fair copy, with corrections and revisions. The text apparently predates that published by Coleridge in 1816, differing from it in substantive readings in lines 1, 6, 7, 12, 13, 17, 29, 32, 34 and 52 and in numerous other details. Changes made during copying include the correction of 'from from' in line 29 to 'from far' and the alteration of 'And from' in line 17 to 'From forth' and of 'Amora' in line 41 to 'Amara'. Prose note on f. 1b, “This fragment with a good deal more, not recoverable, composed, in a sort of Reverie brought on by two grains of Opium, taken to check a dysentery, at a Farm House between Porlock & Linton, a quarter of a mile from Culbone Church, in the fall of the year, 1797. S T Coleridge.” See T C Skeat, 'Kubla Khan', BMQ, xvi, 1963, pp77-83, and plates XXX, XXXI; and Norman Fruman, Coleridge, the damaged archangel, New York, 1971, pp 334-50. Annotated, in pencil, on f 1b, “Sent by Mr: Southey, as an / Autograph of Coleridge.”, probably by Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Smith, JP, of Bownham House, co Gloucester, in Feb 1804; see Hilton Kelliher, 'The Kubla Khan manuscript and its first collector', BLJ, xx, 1994, pp 184-98. Lot 109 in her collection, Puttick and Simpson's sale, 28 Apr. 1859. Purchased by Richard Monckton Milnes, 1st Baron Houghton, whose son, Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquess of Crewe, lent it in 1934 to the Lamb and Coleridge Centenary Exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. After Crewe's death in 1945 it passed to his widow, Margaret. Paper; f 1. 295 x 185mm. Circa 1797-bef 1816. On one and three-quarter sides of blue-tinted paper, bearing a watermark similar to one from a letter of 1799, no 213 in E Heawood, Watermarks, Hilversum, 1950.

Add Chh 66314-66315

Copy of will of S T Coleridge, 1829 and copy with codicil, 1830, and probate, 1834. Seal of Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Also, Release, on the division of his estate among his children, to Sir John Taylor Coleridge and Joseph Henry Green, 1846.

Ashley 408

Manuscripts and Proofs: Poems on Various Subjects, 1796-1797. Printed with autograph corrections and additions. (ff ii + 72)

Ashley 3506

‘Liber Aureus’, in three volumes. The collection was made by Rev James Boyer, headmaster at Christ’s Hospital, 1776-1779, consisting of those poems and essays he thought best by his pupils. The titles generally were set in Latin, the replies are all in English. There are sixty-five compositions in total.

Volume 1 contains verse compositions, 1783- July 1791, (ff i + 52). Five are by Coleridge:

Nil pejus est caelibe vita (‘What pleasure shall he ever find?); 1787. Printed in the Poetical Works, I, 4-5. ff 29b,30.

De medio fonte leporum surgit aliquid amari (‘Julia was blest with Beauty, Wit, and Grace’); 1789. Printed in the Poetical Works, I, 6-7. ff 40-41.

Oh mihi praeteritos referat si Jupiter annos (‘Oh! might my ill-past hours return again!’); 1789. Printed in the Poetical Works, I, 7-8. ff 41, 41b.

Monody on the Death of Chatterton. Printed in the Poetical Works, I, 13-15. ff 44-46b.

Nemo repente turpissimus (‘Deep in the gulp of guilt and woe’); 1790. Printed in the Poetical Works, I, 12-13. f 47

Also included is one poem by Charles Lamb, ‘Mille viae mortis’ (‘What time in bands of slumber all were laid.’); 1789. Printed in The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, ed E V Lucas, 1912, iv, p3. ff 41b-42.

Volume 2 contains verse compositions, 1791 –14 February 1799, (ff i + 29).

Volume 3 contains prose compositions, October 1786-1799 (ff i + 46). Seven are by Coleridge, apparently unpublished, viz:

Temperance; 6 June 1788. ff 4, 4b.

Nil dictum faedum, visuque haec limina tangat, Intra quae puer est (‘The tender age of childhood requires the utmost care and attention…’); Nov 1788. ff 5-6.

Nec lusisse pudet, sed non incidere ludum (‘Our first deviations from the paths of rectitude the natural imbecility of human nature may excuse’); Sept 1790. ff 6-7.

Exemplaria Graeca Nocturnê versate manu, versate diurnâ (‘In our literary pursuits the Greek writers principally claim our attention…’); Oct 1790. ff7-8b.

Was the loss of so many of the antient Authors a detriment or benefit to the present state of literature?; 26 Nov 1790. ff 13b-15.

Quid fas Atque nefas, tandem incipiunt sentire, peractis Criminibus (‘Before the perpetration of those actions, in which the Vice is collected into one atrocious crime...’); 19 Jan 1791. ff15b-16b.

Nesci meus hominum - servare modum rebus sublata secundis. Virgil (‘The numerous instances, which History has preserved, prove the natural tendency of Prosperity to corrupt the human heart.’); 11 Mar 1791. f 17.


Egerton 2800

Literary, political and miscellaneous, notes for lectures, portions of projected literary works, and miscellaneous memoranda, often imperfect. Most are autograph. Includes a note on Homer, fragments of lectures on Shakespeare, Poetry and Drama, a projected history of English Poetry, portion of an essay on Taste, sketch of a proposed ‘Encyclopaeedia Biblica’, a sketch for an ideal monthly magazine, notes on Catholic Emancipation, and the University of Göttingen. (ff 203). The contents are:

1. Outline of proposed continuation of The Wanderings of Cain in prose. f 1. 2. The Priest Sæmundur; introduction to a projected romance (?). f 2.

3. Notes for a poem. f. 3.

4. Note: “Who has not heard of Homer ? Yet no one knows anything of his Life, and no one knows anything of his Death! I know nothing of his Life; but I will tell you the story of his Death.” f 4.

5. Argument of proposed first Act of Zapolya, Part II; different from that actually written. Watermark on paper, 1819. f 6.

6. Extract from Burchell's Travels, with five original lines of poetry; begins “Lured by no vain Belief.” f 7.

7. Draft of a letter, with remarks on the “Hymn before Sunrise in the Vale of Cliamouny.” f 8.

8. Fragments of lectures on Shakespeare, Poetry, and the Drama [1811-1819]. Some of these fragments are printed in the volume of Lectures on Shakespeare, etc (Bolin edition, 1833); others correspond in substance with portions of the lectures there printed, but with differences in arrangement, the same materials having been used over again in successive courses of lectures; while some are apparently unpublished. The lectures on ‘Greek Drama,’ ‘Progress of the Drama,’ ‘The Drama generally, and Public Taste’ (Bohn ed, pp 187-213), are substantially complete. f 9.

9. Portion of lecture on Allegory and the influence of classical learning, with especial reference to Italian poets. f 48.

10. Note on the metre of Italian poets. f 51.

11. Note on the relation of faults to beauties in literature; with extracts from a book-seller’s catalogue. f 52.

12. Plan of a projected History of English Poetry, biographical, bibliographical, critical and philosophical. Watermark 1796. f 53.

13. Notes on rhythm and metre. f 54.

14. Note on the Sonnet, in pencil. Watermark 1825. f 58.

15. Notes and portions of lectures on the Fine Arts. f 59.

16. Criticism on the Theory of the Beautiful in Solger'd s Erwin " [publ 1815]. f 71.

17. Fragments on Beautv. Watermarks 1810, 1825. f 73.

18. Portion of an Essay on Taste (published in Literary Remains, 1836, vol i.). f 76.

19. Fragments on Method; partly from, partly intended for, the Essay on Method in The Friend, sect ii, essays iv-ix f 78.

20. Sketch of a proposed “Encyclopæedia Biblica”; written at Calne. f 83.

21. Sketch of an ideal monthly Magazine. Watermark 1818. f 84.

22. Miscellaneous literary fragments. f 86.

23. Historical Reflections, on the origin of civilisation, etc. f 91.

24. Notes on the history of Agriculture; partly in another hand, probably (according to Mr. E. H. Coleridge) that of Hartley Coleridge when a boy. f 102.

25. Notes on vol ii of Brougham's Policy of the European Powers [publ 1803]. f 106.

26. Fragments on the subject of Catholic Emancipation. f 109.

27. Despatch from William Eaton to Sir A Ball, dated “Grand Cairo, Dec 13, 1804.” f 116.

28. Observations on Egypt [1804-5]. f 118.

29. Notes for a vindication of the Volunteers [circ. 1805?] f 127.

30. Portions of articles on Spain and the Spaniards. f 128.

31. Miscellaneous political notes and articles. f 131.

32. Draft of letter to the publisher of the Keepsake, concerning payment for materials contributed in 1828-29. f 146.

33. Draft of part of a letter to J H Green, of a personal character. f 150.

34. Note on the marriage of first cousins. Watermark 1824. f 151.

35. Notes oil signs of rain, wind, etc. f 152.

36. The position of plants and insects in the system of the creation. f 155.

37. Note on the University of Göttingen [1801-2?] f 156.

38. Fragment on the distinction between a trade and a profession. f 157.

39. Miscellaneous notes and fragments, of small size. f 158.

40. Note on Pindar. f 174.

41. Conversations on Language, Gram- mar, etc, by a Tutor and a Pupil. f 175.

42. Fragment on Language. f 186.

43. Grammatical fragments. f 187.

44. Transcripts, by E H Coleridge , of two fragments (one on Patriotism), given away as autographs. ff192,193.

45. Miscellaneous fragments in other hands. f 194.

46. Newspaper cuttings, containing reports of lectures on the poetry of Coleridge, by George Dawson, MA, of Birmingham. f 201.

Belonged (with Eg. 2801) to Ernest Hartley Coleridge, the poet's grandson.

Egerton 2801

Philosophical and religious remains, consisting of notes, portions of essays and other material. Scholars discussed include Spinoza, Giordano Bruno, Locke, William of Occam, Schelling, JH Green, Archbishop Leighton, Charles Kirkpatrick. The subjects discussed include poetics, logic, lectures on history, the infinity of mind, individuality, the connection between the visible and invisible world, the idea of God, on the suffering of Christ (apparently considered for Aids to Reflection), church history, the meaning of civility, bishops in their spiritual and temporal capacities. (ff 269). The contents are:

1. Apology for Spinoza [intended as a note to some other work]. f 1.

2. Notes on passages in Spinoza's writings. f 11.

3. Note on Giordano Bruno. Watermark 1821. f 15.

4. Note on the third book of Locke's on Occam, ending with five lines of Essay on the Human Understanding.

f 18. .

5. Fragments of lectures on the History of Philosophy [1818-19]. f 21

6. Sketch of a proposed History of the Art of Reasoning. Watermark 1822. f 34.

7. Note on Reason, for insertion in some work. f 37.

8. Essays on the Passions. Watermarks 1825 and 1827. ff 43, 47. f 112.

9. Note on the distinction between General Truths and Universal Laws. f 60.

10. Dialogues and portions of lectures on Metaphysics, in part addressed to James Gillman. f 62.

11. Table of the Categories. f 74.

12. Memorandum of the beginning of the metaphysical researches undertaken in co-operation with J H Green, commencing with an examination of

Schelling. f 75.

13. Scheme of “the Total Man” in the handwriting of J H Green. f 77.

14. Fragment of letter to J H Green on the sources whence arguments are derived. f 78.

15. Disquisition on Ideas. f 79.

16. Notes on Poëtics and Logic. f 84.

17. Fragments and notes on the Idea of Life, etc. f 89.

18. On Noumena and Phænomena, Subject and Object, etc.; including a note on poetry, begins “Where’er I find the Good, the True, the Fair.” f 96

19. Fragment on the infinity of Mind. . f 102.

20. Fragments on Individuality, the Will, etc. On f 106b are Latin and English epigrams addressed to Eliza [Nixon]. f 103.

21. Fragment on the connection between the visible and the invisible world.

22. Fragments on the Idea of God. f 113.

23. Portion of disquisition on the “intelligential Will” discernible in the universe; with references to the system of John Brown. f 118.

24. Notes and fragments on the doctrine of opposites, or polarity, in metaphysics, logic, theology, etc. f 121

25. Note on Experience, especially in medical science. Watermark 1820. f 136.

26. Fragment of prolegomena to Physiology. f 138.

27. Fragment on the Beat of the senses in the brain. f 141.

28. Miscellaneous metaphysical fragments. f 142.

29. Fragments published in, or apparently intended for, Aids to Reflection. f 160.

30. Apology for a projected Life of Archbishop Leighton. f 191.

31. Draft of an appendix to Essay iii.

of The Friend, sect. ii. f 192.

32. Notes on the Reformation. f 194.

33. Fragments illustrating the argument from Design, and on false grounds of belief. f 196.

34. “Outline of a plan of assistance in the organisation, especially on the formation of the Mind and Character, during the period of youth and early manhood.” Watermark 1819. f l97.

35. Fragment on the meaning of Civility. Watermark 1832. f 199. 36. Fragment on the Bible and Science. f 201.

37. Notes on the Idea of Religion. Watermark 1821. f 202.

38. Fragments on the Church. f 204.

39. Note on Bishops in their spiritual and temporal capacities. f 211.

40. “Remarks on Atheism, some original, but mostly from Cudworth, Bayle, etc,” in early handwriting. f 212.

41. Fragment on the sufferings of Christ. f 216.

42. Essay on Faith, published in Literary Remains, 1839, vol iv p 425. f 217.

43. Note on Free Will. f 222.

44. Fragments on Miracles. f 223.

45. Fragment on Toleration. f 225.

46. Notes for lecture on Christianity in the Roman Empire. f 226.

47. Notes on Church history and on the Scotch Church; one dated 9 Sept 1823 (f 236). On f 239 is a curious scoff at Wordsworth. f 227.

48. Review of Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe's Biographical Notice prefixed to the Rev James Kirkton's Secret and True History of the Church of Scotland, 1817. f 246..

49. Fragment containing assertion of personal belief in the continued ascent of Humanity. f 257.

50. Miscellanous theological fragments. f 259.

Belonged (with Eg. 2800) to Ernest Hartley Coleridge, the poet's grandson.


Egerton 2825-26

These two manuscript volumes comprise probably the largest extant portion of any of Coleridge’s proposed philosophical works in a form fit for publication. Written by an amanuensis (probably Stutfield, junior, see Letters, Conversations and Recollections of S T Coleridge, by Thomas Allsop, 1864, p 204) the work contains 16 chapters. The first two cover the history of logic, the rest are extensively concerned with the metaphysics of reasoning. The treatise is not complete, though it breaks off at the end of a chapter. The first volume is prefixed by a table of contents, headed ‘Coleridge’s Logic’, in the hand of Joseph Henry Green, Coleridge’s disciple and literary executor. A few corrections in the course of the work are probably also in Green’s hand (eg vol ii, ff 174, 197). The pencil annotations and criticisms belong to a later owner, C A Ward. A copy of a letter from Coleridge (undated and without address, but written about 1825) is inserted at the end of this treatise (vol ii, f 462) referring to three works which he then had in hand, of which this is probably the first, described as “finished and transcribed for the press.” See also Notes and Queries, 1st series, vols viii p 43, ix pp 496, 543; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, by J Dykes Campbell, 1894, p 251 note; Letters of S. T. Coleridge, edited by E H Coleridge, 1895, vol ii, p 753 note. Volume 1 (ff 90), volume 2 (ff 467).

Egerton - 3057

Philosophical Lectures. Short reports compiled by an unidentified member of the audience, of all but the first of Coleridge’s fourteen lectures on philosophy, 28 Dec 1818- 29 March 1819. (35ff)

 The present Ms also includes the text of the announcement for lecture 12, as given in The Times and the New Times, 15 Mar 1819 (f25). The reports comprise individual accounts, with comments, of each lecture, written out with insertions and corrections; there are also insertions on ff. 4b, 24, 26 in another hand. The shortest report, that of lecture 5, 18 Jan. 1819, bears at its head (f 9) the note 'absent'. Full verbatim reports of most of thelectures from the Frere ms, supplemented and corrected from the present ms, from Coleridge’s own lecture notes (especially those in his notebook 25 (now Add Ms 47523), and from other of his works (Add Mss 34225, 47515, 47518, 47519, 47525, and Egerton Mss 2801, 2826) have been printed, with introduction and notes, in The Philosophical Lectures of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, ed K H Coburn, 1949. See also K H Coburn, ‘S T Coleridge's Philosophical Lectures of 1818-19’, The Review of English Studies, x, 1934, pp 428-437, and Brit Mus Quart, vii, 1932-1933, pp 70-72. At the end of lecture 7 (f. 14b) is written in pencil the address, “Messrs Macmillans, Cambridge”, and at the end of the last lecture (f35b) in Thomas Carlyle’s hand appears the address “to A[lexander] Macmillan, Esq [the publisher], 16, Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London”, written probably between 1863 (when Alexander Macmillan transferred his main publishing business from Cambridge to the Covent Garden address) and 1870 (when Carlyle ceased using ink.)



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