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Bertram R. Davis "Robert Southey" Collection.

The collection centres on Robert Southey and Bristol and gives an overview of the social, political, and literary upheaval which gave birth to the Romantic movement and shaped the rest of the nineteenth century. The collection also contains material on Spain, Portugal and Brazil, Russia and Napoleon, France and the Revolution, as well as numerous works on travel in the British Isles and elsewhere. Also present is a selection of twentieth-century works which elucidate Bertram Davis' interests, friendships, and scholarly connections.

Almost all of Robert Southey's published works are represented, and almost all of these are in the first edition. Several works were formerly owned by Robert Southey.

The University of Waterloo has published a catalogue of the collection: Catalogue of the Bertram R. Davis "Robert Southey" Collection compiled by Jane Britton (PR4467 .U55x 1990).

Bertram R. Davis collection.

Collection consists of materials created and accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on the history of Bristol and the romantics. Includes correspondence between 164 correspondents, 45 manuscript groups, research notes, photographs, clippings, articles, offprints, excerpts, and other ephemera. Also included is a file of correspondence from Bertram donated by Kenneth Curry and a file of correspondence relating to portraits of Southey donated by Dr. Warren U. Ober.

Arranged in six series as follows:
1. Manuscripts Held in Trust
2. Chattertonian Manuscript;
3. Correspondence;
4. Articles, Offprints, etc.;
5. Bertram R. Davis Research Files;
6. Visual Materials.

Davis, Bertram R.

Print of James Sharples' pastel of Robert Southey, by Edward Everard.

File consists of one print of a pastel drawing of Robert Southey, by Edward Everard. The original pastel was done by James Sharples. The print was framed and the mat reads "Robert Southey by Edward Everard after pastel by James Sharples Bristol Art Union Extra Prize, 1907." Also includes the original frame and portion of a clipping that was found with it.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert 1774-1843: ALS, 1809 March 14-15, Keswick, to Thomas Southey, Plymouth.

Autograph letter to Thomas Southey (Robert's brother and an officer in the Royal Navy.) March 14-15, 1809. Discusses progress on poem "Curse of Kehama." Reports that the Quarterly Review has been published, mentions his and Walter Scott's contributions, editorial deletions, his payment. Discusses development in the war, "Thalaba" has been finished. His Brazil reviewed by Sharon Turner, to be reviewed by Bedford and, possibly, S.T. Coleridge.
Published in Kenneth Curry's New Letters v.1 p. 502.

Davis, Bertram R.

Wordsworth, William 1770-1850: "Inscription for a Seat by a Road Side, Halfway Up a Steep Hill, Facing the South": clipping.

Clipping of poem "Inscription for a Seat by a Road Side, Half Way up a Steep Hill, Facing the South" Morning Post (?) no. 10, 021 (Oct. 21, 1800?) ("thou, who in youthful vigour rich, and light") initialed W.W. in Wordsworth's autograph. Possibly actually T.S. Coleridge's poem.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert, 1774-1843: ALS, 1835 Dec. 21, Keswick, to the Rev. John Horseman, Heydon.

Autograph letter to the Rev. John Horseman. December 21, 1835. "Renewing the acquaintance of his correspondent and giving him an account of himself and his family, referring to the tragic state (insanity) of his wife" (Southey at his best as a letter-writer).
Published in Kenneth Curry's New Letters, v. 2 p. 433.

Davis, Bertram R.

Wordsworth, William : research and ephemera.

File consists of research information and ephemera created or accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on William Wordsworth. Includes a brochure advertising Alfoxton Park as a rental home, a holiday homes guide that features Alfoxton Park, a programme for the 1971 Rydal Mount Summer School, a diary of events for the 1950 Wordsworth Centenary Celebration, a brochure on the Dove Cottage Trust centenary celebration, lists of centenary lectures, a portrait of Wordsworth scholar William Knight, pages taken from Notes and Queries that discuss Wordsworth, an auction notice for works of Wordsworth, and an article titled "Men and Women of Today" by John Galsworthy which mentions Dove Cottage.

Davis, Bertram R.

Three Bears

File consists of Bertram R. Davis' working files for his research on the story of the Three Bears. Includes notes, correspondence, six clippings, articles, and ephemera.
Correspondents include: Crook, Arthur Curry, Kenneth Davis, Bertram R. Early, Benjamin W. Early, Margaret Sue Flack, Ellis Kaderley, Nat Lewis Merritt, Theodore E. Mure, G.R.G. Ober, Warren U. Osborne, Edgar Rawnsley, E.F. Times Literary Supplement, The Times, The
*University of Toronto Quarterly

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert : research and ephemera.

File consists of research information and ephemera created or accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on Robert Southey. Includes photocopies of articles and letters, a list of works of Robert Southey, copies of Southey poems, biographical information on Southey, notes on Southey, notes on the Quarterly Review, a catalogue of a Southey exhibit at Great Hall, an account of Southey's funeral, and programmes for memoriam sermons preached in honour of Southey by Canon Maurice Fitzgerald.

Davis, Bertram R.

Personal research.

File consists of miscellaneous personal research material created or accumulated by Bertram R. Davis. Includes correspondence from Rev. R.F. Cartwright and Margaret Hine, copies, articles, forty one clippings, one unidentified photograph, and other ephemera.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert : diary.

File consists of a ts. transcription of Robert Southey's diary from his trip through mainland Europe, including France, Italy and Switzerland. Ts. has ms. corrections and additions. Continued in 233b.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert : letters.

File consists of copies of Robert Southey's letters, as well as one from Caroline Southey, Davis' notes on the letters, a list of letters published, a list of omissions from published letters, and a list of ms. letters of Robert Southey and Hannah More at Bristol Public Libraries.

Davis, Bertram R.

Chatterton, Thomas : research and ephemera.

File consists of research information and ephemera created or accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on Thomas Chatterton. Includes articles and photocopies, two photographs of Chatterton House (which has since been torn down), a programme for the dedication of Chatterton House, a report on the Chatterton memorial and proposition for a new one, a copy of "A New Catalogue of Chatterton MS Material", Chatterton: A Monologue, notes by Davis, a chronology of Rowley, a poem attributed to Rowley, and information on a potential Chatterton portrait by Gainsborough.

Davis, Bertram R.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor : research and ephemera.

File consists of research materials created and accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Includes copies of letters from Coleridge and his daughter Sara, notes by Davis, copies of Coleridge poems, and a letter from Davis to an unknown correspondent on Coleridge.

Davis, Bertram R.

Lamb, Charles : research and ephemera.

File consists of research information and ephemera created or accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on Charles Lamb and the Charles Lamb Society. Includes a list of meetings etc. for the Charles Lamb Society, a chronology of Charles Lamb's life, six clippings, a photocopy of an article on Lamb, the winter programme of the Charles Lamb Society for 1948-1949, and the Charles Lamb Society Birthday Celebration programmes for 1967 and 1968.

Davis, Bertram R.

Chatterton, Thomas : clippings.

File consists of forty clippings on the life and works of Thomas Chatterton, including a nine-teen part serial from the Western Daily Press Saturday Supplement.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert. Mary, the Maid of the Inn. London:

File consists of one illustrated short-story titled "Mary, the Maid of the Inn; An Affecting Narrative: Detailing, her Unfortunate and Ill-Requited Attachment; Her Singular Courage, and the Miraculous Manner in Which She Becomes an Instrument in the Discovery of a Murder, and Brining One of the Perpetrators to Condign Punishment. Describing, Also, the Wandering of the Unfortunate Mary, who Becomes a Wretched Maniac. From the Celebrated Poem, by Robert Southey, Which is Also Added Hereto." The book formerly belonged to Doris Davis.

Davis, Bertram R.

Raymond D. Havens, reviews of The Early Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth, ed. by Ernest de Selincourt and Wordsworth's Anticlimax, by Willard L. Sperry and "Wordsworth's Aesthetic Development, 1795-1802", by O.J. Campbell and P. Mueschke in Essays and Studies in English and Comparative Literature, Modern Languages Notes (1936): 389-93.

File consists of Raymond D. Havens' reviews of Ernest de Silencourt's "The Early Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth", William L. Sperry's "Wordsworth's Anticlimax", and O.J. Campbell and P. Mueschke's "Wordsworth's Aesthetic Development, 1795-1802" in "Essay and Studies in English and Comparative Literature." A presentation copy, the recto inscription reads "B.R. Davis and Mrs. Davis and Paul with happy memories. R.D. Havens."

Davis, Bertram R.

Raymond D. Havens, reviews of The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middle Years, ed, by Ernest de Selincourt and "Coleridge's Dejection: an Ode", by Ernest de Selincourt in Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association, collected by Helen Darbshire, Modern Languages Notes (1938): 395-6.

File consists of Raymond D. Havens' review of both Ernest de Selincourt's "The Letters of William and Dorothy Wordsworth: The Middles Years" and Ernest de Selincourt's "Coleridege's Dejection: an Ode" in "Essays and Studies by Members of the English Association" collected by Helen Darbshire. A presentation copy, the recto inscription reads "There's a new Southey item in Review of English Studies for April 1938 R.D.H."

Davis, Bertram R.

Raymond D. Havens, reviews of The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Poems Written in Youth, Poems Referring to the Period of Childhood, ed. by E. de Selincourt, and Wordsworth and the Seventeenth Century, by J. Crofts, and The White Doe of Rylstone, ed. by Alice P. Comparetti, and Some Letters of the Wordsworth Family, ed. by Leslie Nathan Broughton, and The Wordsworth Collection, compiled by Leslie Nathan Broughton, and The One Wordsworth, by Mary E. Burton, and Wordsworth's Pocket Notebook, ed. by George Harris Healey, Modern Languages Notes (1943): 559-63.

File consists of Raymond D. Havens', reviews of "The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Poems Written in Youth, Poems Referring to the Period of Childhood", ed. by E. de Selincourt, and "Wordsworth and the Seventeenth Century", by J. Crofts, and "The White Doe of Rylstone", ed. by Alice P. Comparetti, and "Some Letters of the Wordsworth Family", ed. by Leslie Nathan Broughton, and "The Wordsworth Collection", compiled by Leslie Nathan Broughton, and "The One Wordsworth", by Mary E. Burton, and "Wordsworth's Pocket Notebook", ed. by George Harris Healey.

Davis, Bertram R.

Observer, March 29, 1970.

File consists of a copy of the March 29, 1970 edition of Observer magazine from The Observer newspaper. This issue includes an article on Wordsworth.

Davis, Bertram R.

A Note on Captain John Williams of the Chilean Navy.

File consists of "A Note on Captain John Williams of the Chilean Navy" by an unknown author. The information was written up for Bertram R. Davis on the bequest of H.W.F. Usher, around the time of the Chilean war ship named for John Williams coming to Bristol under command of Commander Boris Kopaitic.

Davis, Bertram R.

Davis, Bertram R. : Some Literary Associations of Bristol.

File consists of a transcription of a lecture by Bertram R. Davis titled "Some Literary Associations of Bristol" given at the British Council Centre as part of a course on English Language and Literature arranged by the British Council on August 6th, 1953. Also includes two additional copies of the portion of the talk regarding Robert Southey.

Davis, Bertram R.

Davis, Bertram R. : Thomas Chatterton 1752-1770 A Lecture at the Opening of Chatterton House, Redcliffe.

File consists of a transcription of a lecture given by Bertram R Davis on Thomas Chatterton for the opening of Chatterton House on October 20, 1958. The transcript shows edits and changed by Davis. Also includes a portion of a revised transcript. Chatterton house has since been torn down and the commemorative plaque from the occasion has been moved to the office building now on the lot.

Davis, Bertram R.

Hall, Mrs. S.C., "Pilgrimages to English Shrines : The Birthplace of Thomas Chatterton." The Art-Journal XI (1849): 21-25

File consists of Mrs. C.S. (Anna Maria) Hall's article "Pilgrimages to English Shrines: The Birthplace of Thomas Chatterton" from The Art-Journal. The pages of this article have been torn from the journal. The article was also reproduced in a book of collected Pilgrimages to English Shrines in 1850.

Davis, Bertram R.

Charles Lamb Society Bulletin.

File consists of thirteen editions of the Charles Lamb Society Bulletin: October 1970, July 1970, October 1969, April 1968, March 1964, October 1971, January 1972, January 1971, April 1970, October 1969, January 1971, July 1971.

Davis, Bertram R.

Chatterton, Thomas : Aella: A Tragical Interlude.

File consists of one copy of Thomas Chatterton's play "Aella" along with a program from when the play was performed at Colston's School for the 200th anniversary of Chatterton's death. Chatterton attended Colston's School and wrote Aella immediately after leaving. This production was the first time it was performed, and was transcribed by Basil Cottle. File also includes ten photographs of the play being performed.

Davis, Bertram R.

Chatterton, Thomas : Lines on Redcliffe Church.

File consists of Chatterton's poem "Lines on Redcliffe Church." The poem is torn from a book (possibly John Britton's "An Historical and Architectural Essay Relating to Redcliffe Church, Bristol. Also, an Essay on the Life and Character of Thomas Chatterton") and mounted on a heavy stock paper.

Davis, Bertram R.

Brief Articles and Notes. Philological Quarterly XXIX, no.4 (1950): 413-48.

File consists of the section "Brief Articles and Notes" from volume XXIX, no. 4 of Philological Quarterly. This section contains a short article by Raymond D. Havens titled "A Theft in the Annual Register" pages 416-417. A presentation copy, the inscription on the recto reads "Bertram Davis in his eager intellect in literature may find something of interest here, but hardly on pg. 416-417. R.D. Havens."

Davis, Bertram R.

Correspondence regarding Southey portraits.

File consists of thirty two items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and others regarding portraits of Southey and contemporaries. Also includes a clipping on portraits of Sara Coleridge and Edith May Southey as well as photocopy of "Breun's Manuscript Catalogue of Engraved Portraits." A glass jar of shells collected by Southey's daughter Edith May (later Warter) and presented to Bertram R. Davis by Edith's granddaughter Mrs. F.F. Boult is also included. File and shells were donated separately by Dr. Warren U. Ober in 2012.
Correspondents include: Baldwyn, L (Folio Fine Art Ltd.) British Museum, The (Prints and Portraits) Curry, Kenneth Fox, Levi (The Shakespeare Birthplace and Trust) Gandy, Norman (Keswick Museum) Garlick, Kenneth Kuhn, A.J. New House Museum, Curator Ormond, R.L. (National Portrait Gallery) Simmons, Jack
*Warter, Henry de Grey

Davis, Bertram R.

Barrett, William : History & Antiquities of the City of Bristol : excerpt.

File consists of a an excerpt from the original 1789 edition of William Barrett's "History & Antiquities of the City of Bristol." This excerpt relates to Chatterton, and includes inserted plates, some of which may be extraneous. Barrett was known to have believed Chatterton's Rowley story and to have published the information as fact, before the scandal broke.

Davis, Bertram R.

Unidentified correspondents.

File consists of nineteen items of correspondence where the correspondent can not be identified, due to a lack of name, or to illegible handwriting. Includes correspondence both to and from Bertram R. Davis.

Davis, Bertram R.

Correspondence from others to others.

File consists of sixteen items of correspondence from others to others. Includes letters to Bertram's wife Doris and daughter Annabel as well as letters to and from colleagues, researchers and friends.
Correspondents include: Bernard Quariten Ltd. British Museum Carnall, Geoffrey Davis, Annabel Davis, Doris Faliscue-Brickdale, Matthew Fisher, Dorothy Gibbs, Donald T. Griggs, Earl Leslie Haugh, W.S. Havens, Raymond D. Heaton, P. Hough, Henry B. Kaderly, Nat Lewis Kaufman, Paul Kopaitic, Boris Lamoine, Georges Laverick, D.M. Penney, Clara L. Purchase, J.L. Rawnsley, H.D. Sypher, Gale Sypher, Lucy Wakefield, [?]

Davis, Bertram R.

Correspondence regarding Jose Maria de Eca de Queiroz.

File consists of seventy seven items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and others regarding Portuguese author Jose Maria de Eca de Queiroz and his time living and working in Bristol. Also includes a copy of a period letter, and a note with a tribute to Eca de Queiroz. File was separated by Davis.
Correspondents include: Beddoe, Dorothy (Max Reinholdt Ltd.) Boyce, R.R. Bremner, Robert Cabral, Adolfo de Oliveira Cascas, Artur Simoes Castro, Maria de Eca de Queiroz do Ceu Costa, Maria de Eca de Queiroz, Antonio His Excellency the Portuguese Ambassador Massey-Stewart, John Metford, J.C.J. Nunes de Silva, Henrique Pinto, Abranches Times, The
*Times Literary Supplement

Davis, Bertram R.

Woof, Robert.

File consists of sixteen items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and Robert Woof.

Davis, Bertram R.

Wilkinson, Norman B.

File consists of four items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and Norman B. Wilkinson or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Davis, Bertram R.

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