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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.

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.

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Moore, R.W.

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

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.

Nowell, Charles.

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

Davis, Bertram R.

Flack, G. Ellis

File consists of three items of correspondence from G. Ellis Flack, librarian at The University, Notingham.

Davis, Bertram R.

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