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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.

Manuscripts Held in Trust

Series is comprised of a collection of manuscripts held in trust, given to the archive by Doris Davis, widow of Bertram R. Davis. The items include letters, poetry, an indenture and other miscellaneous notes by romantic poets and their relatives including Robert Southey, William Wordsworth, and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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.

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.

Southey, Robert, 1774-1843: ALS, 1836 March 22, Keswick, to unknown correspondent.

Autograph letter. March 22, 1836. Hopes that the recipient obtains "the object of your petition." No Englishman had before him completed the expedition from Peru over the Andes and down the greatest river in South America. All merchants who trade with that part of the world have gained valuable information from his journal of the expedition.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert 1774-1843: Note, sentence in Robert Southey's hand on the verso of a frank of John Rickman.

Autograph sentence on the back of a frank of John Rickman, Clerk of the House of Commons. "If anything can be more detestable...it is the manner in which there have been attempts to gloss over actions which public opinion..." The small paper fragment has been set into a larger sheet of paper showing an explanation of the item.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert 1774-1843: Pages from one of Southey's notebooks.

Autograph pages from one of Southey's notebooks. Includes lists of Mexican, Greek, Oriental, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish names for possible use in his poetry. Includes ideas for subjects for poems. One or two of the names may have a genuine connection with the poetry of Coleridge. One leaf in Spanish, headed "Papel publico em Madrid..." Nine leaves. Also included is the original auction advertisement for the group.

Davis, Bertram R.

Southey, Robert 1774-1843: Southey's Commonplace Book, Second Series.

Autograph notes published in Southey's Common-Place book, Second Series. Ed. John Wood Warter, London, Longmans, 1849. (Titles and a few footnotes supplied in pencil by Warter). Notes are listed below and keyed to the pages in which they appear in the Common-Place book. The first number is the page; the second gives the note's place on the page; a partial note at the top of a page is counted as no. 1. 403-2,5 404-2,3,4 405-2,3 406-2,3,4,5 407-2 516-6 517-1,2,3 518-2 519-1,2 521-4 635-3,4,5,6,7,8 636-5,6 637-4,5,6,7 638-2,3,4,5,6 639-2,5,6 640-2,3,4,8 641-3,4,6 642-2,4,5 643-1,3 644-2,5,6,7 645-1,2,4 646-2,3,4,5,6,7 647-1,7,8 648-2,6 650-4 651-2,3,5,6 652-3,6, 653-2,4,5,6, 654-2,3,5 655-3,4,6,7 656-2,6,7 657-2,5,6 658-1,2,3,5 659-2 660-2 661-3,4,5 662-4 663-4,6 664-2,3,5 665-3 666-2,5,9 667-2,3,4,5,7
*668-1,2,3 and "the Old Tradesman's oath at Lucca"

Davis, Bertram R.

Unknown list.

Autograph glossary of dialect terms (Scottish?; Lake District?) one sheet (2 pages) in an unknown hand.

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.

Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, 1772-1834: Note.

Untitled note in Coleridge's hand. Original envelope states "Autograph of Coleridge with Southey's attestation." (Nothing in Southey's hand) 2 pages on one sheet. "Now placed in vol. II of S.T. Coleridges Poet & Dramatic Works - page 86. Side by side with the poem it gives in ms. E. Dowden July 30, 1883." Dowden was a distinguished early scholar in the Romantic movement.

Davis, Bertram R.

Chattertonian Manuscript

File consists of one manuscript titled "Chattertonian ms." The manuscript itself is a transcribed typed copy of the original, which was compiled and written by George Catcott. Catcott was the first person to be approached by Chatterton regarding the Thomas Rowley poems. The manuscript includes passages from works by Thomas Chatterton, letters to and from Catcott and Chatterton, as well as notes by Catcott on Chatterton and the Thomas Rowley affair. Inlaid in the front of the book is a signature of Thomas Chatterton's as well as a letter addressing the authenticity of the signature. Also included is a print of George Catcott. The bookplate reads "Conrad P. Fry oneth me is me jure tenet, and this booke confesse to be quieunque me invenit."

Davis, Bertram R.

Catcott, George : Chattertonian Manuscript.

File consists of a typed transcription of the Chattertonian Manuscript, possibly by George Catcott. The manuscript is comprised of works by Chatterton, a history of the Rowley affair, letters from Chatterton to Catcott, with notes by Catcott throughout. This typed copy has been bound together with an index and table of contents. In the front of the book is laid in a signature of Thomas Chatterton and its accompanying auction notice, as well as a letter regarding the authenticity of the signature. Also included is a print showing George Catcott.

Davis, Bertram R.

Correspondence

Series consists of approximately 5,900 items of correspondence between 165 correspondents. Includes correspondence to and from Bertram R. Davis, correspondence to and from unknown correspondents, and correspondence between others. Also includes two files of correspondence on a specific topic. One file is on portraits of Southey and the other is on the Portugues author Jose Maria de Eca de Queiroz.
Correspondents include: All American Cables Baldwyn, L. Bathietwell, William Beddoe, Dorothy Bell, Whitefield Jr. Bennett, Rhoda Bentley, G.E. Jr. Bernard Quariten Ltd. Blunden, Edmund Boots Cash Chemists Boult, Nellie A. Boyce, R.R. Brace, Keith Bremer, Heather Bremner, Robert British Council, The British Museum, The Bronson, Bertrand Browning, Daphne DuMaurier Buchan, Alexander M. Cabral, Adolfo De Oliveira Cabral, Maria de Gloria Ramos de Oliveira Calme, John Carnall, Geoffrey Cartwright, Revd. Canon R.F. Cascas, Artur Simoes Charles Lamb Society Bulletin Cheyne, A.D. Gordon Christ’s Hosptial Coburn, Kathleen Collis, Ivan Crook, Arthur Crowsley, Ernest G. Curry, Kenneth Darbshire, Helen Davis, Annabel Davis, Doris Davis, Watson de Eca de Queiroz, Antonio de Eca de Quieroz de Castro, Maria De Sousa-Lead, J. do Ceu Costa, Maria Early, Benjamin W. Early, Margaret Sue Edward, P. Welson Espstein, Jason Faliscue-Brickdale, Matthew Filler, Louis Fisher, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Maurice Flack, Ellis Flack, G. Ellis Fox, Levi Gandy, Norman Gardner, WH. Garlick, Kenneth Gayford, J.C. Gibbs, Donald T. Goodland, Alice Green-Armytage, R.N. Griggs, Earl Leslie Haller, William Harris, Roy Haugh, W.S. Havens, Raymond D. Heaton, P. Highman, Norman His Excellency the Portuguese Ambassador Hoover, Ben Hope, Warren T. Hough, Henry B. Howe, H.W. Hynes, Mary Kaderley, Nat Lewis Kaderly, Nat Lewis Kaufman, Paul Keens, R. Lyall Kew, S.F. Kopaitic, Boris (Commander) Kuhn, A.J. Kurahashi, J. Lamoine, Georges Laverick, D.M. Lee, Chi-Pui Lindsay, Philip C. Looker, Samuel J. Lowes, John Livingston Mabbott, Thomas Ollive Manogue, Ralph Anthony Mansfield, John Mason, A.S. Massey-Stewart, John McElderry, Bruce Robert Merritt, Theodore E. Metford, J.C.J. Meyerstein, E.H.W. Middendorf, John H. Middleton, Arthur Pierce Miller, C.A. Mooman, Mary Moore, R.W. Morgan, P.F. Morley, E.J. Morris, Christopher Munday, Katherine Mure, G.R.G. New House Museum Nowell, Charles Nunes de Silva, Henrique Ober, Warrun U. Ormond, R.L. Osborne, Edgar Peck, Walter Edwin Penney, Clara L. Pinney, Hester Pinto, Abranches Pleasance, Antony C. Polhemus, George W. Prabhakar, T. Pugsley, N.S.E. Purchase, J.L. Raepe, Elizabeth Ramos, Charles Rawnsley, E.F. Rawnsley, H.D. Reeves, Florence S. Rich, Norman Rodgers, Betsy Ross, Archibald Ross, James Russell, P.E. Shaffer, Elinor Shaver, Chester L. Simmons, Jack Smith, Elsie Smith, H.G. Sproule, Hugh Sypher, Gale Sypher, Lucy Sypher, Wylie Taylor, Donald Taylor, L. Acland Taylor, Rachel Thompson, J.E. Thone, Frank Times Literary Supplement, The Times, The Times, The Turnbull, J.M. University of Toronto Quarterly Usher, H.W.F. Wakefield, [?] Waller, Robert Wallis, F.S. Wasserman, Earl R. Watson, Rowland Wells, Charles West, S. George Whalley, George Whiting, F. Wilkinson, Norman B. Williams, M.G. Williams, Rev. H. Fulford Wilson, R.A.
*Woof, Robert

Davis, Bertram R.

Keens, R. Lyall.

File consists of one item of correspondence from R. Lyall Keens of The Bristol Incorporated Chamber of Commerce and Shipping.

Davis, Bertram R.

Kew. S.F.

File consists of one item of correspondence from S.F. Kew of Bristol Literary Dinners.

Davis, Bertram R.

Kuhn, A.J.

File consists of two items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and A.J. Kuhn.

Davis, Bertram R.

Moore, R.W.

File consists of one item of correspondence from R.W. Moore of The Grammar School, Bristol.

Davis, Bertram R.

Nowell, Charles.

File consists of one item of correspondence from Charles Nowell, Chief Librarian of Manchester Public Libraries.

Davis, Bertram R.

Purchase, J.L.

File consists of four items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and J.L. Purchase of The Council House, Bristol.

Davis, Bertram R.

Reeves, Florence S.

File consists of nine items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and Florence S. Reeves of The Charles Lame Society.

Davis, Bertram R.

Rich, Norman.

File consists of one item of correspondence from Norman Rich of The Western Daily Press & Bristol Mirror.

Davis, Bertram R.

Ross, James.

File consists of three items of correspondence from James Ross of City and Council of Bristol Public Libraries.

Davis, Bertram R.

Smith, H.G.

File consists of fourteen items of correspondence between Bertram R. Davis and H.G. Smith.

Davis, Bertram R.

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