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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.

Offprints, Articles, etc.

File consists of articles, offprints, excerpts from books and other items accumulated by Bertram R. Davis in the course of his research and study on Bristol and the romantics. Some offprints are presentation copies and feature inscriptions to Davis. A number of Davis' correspondents are represented through the articles in this series.

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.

Bertram R. Davis Research Files

Series consists of research files created and accumulated by Bertram R. Davis on his various areas of interest. Includes files on Coleridge, Wordsworth, Chatterton, Southey, Lamb, and others, as well as personal research files.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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. 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.

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.

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.

Unknown list.

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

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.

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 : 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.

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 : 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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Visual Materials

Series is comprised of visual materials accumulated by Bertram Davis. Includes a print of James Sharple's pastel portrait of Robert Southey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Taylor, L. Acland.

File consists of one item of correspondence from L. Acland Taylor of City & Council of Bristol Municipal Public Libraries.

Davis, Bertram R.

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