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Autograph letters signed and initialled from John Payne Collier to various recipients

Identifier: C65547
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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the call numbers Y.c.1055 (1-224).

216 mostly autograph letters signed and initialed; also, newspaper clippings. Letters contain numerous references to Collier's associations with the Camden Society, the Percy Society, and the Shakespeare Society. (216-223) are newspaper clippings, 1859-1860, discussing the authenticity of emendations in the Perkins Folio; with them is Collier's unpublished draft of his reply, March 25, 1860, to Sir Frederic Madden's letter in the Times. (37-119) are letters to Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth, Collier's "Dear young friend" of his old age, mostly consist of discussion of health issues and praise for Ebsworth's work. Collier's correspondence with W. Wardlaw Reid (156-169) is notable for several excisions and discussion of controversies.

Recipients: James W. Bailey, Robert Balmanno, E.J. Baverstock, Messrs. Bell and Daldy, W.C. Bennett, Philip Bliss, Henry Brown, Messrs. Chapman and Hall, William Chappell, Robert Cole, [George Cruikshank?], William Hepworth Dixon, Joseph Woodfall Ebsworth, Frederick Startridge Ellis, F.W. Fairholt, Edward Fordham Flower, Selina Flower, Fraser's Magazine, Horace Howard Furness, James Wyllie Guild, William Hone, Richard Hooper, Hugh Hopkins, [William Hunt], Clement Mansfield Ingleby, John William Jarvis, Swynfen Jervis, Edward Jesse, David Laing, Edward C. Lowe, Sir Frederic Madden, James Maidment, J.B. Nichols, Cornelius Paine, Thomas Joseph Pettigrew, William Pickering, George Pycroft, W. Wardlaw Reid, Edward F. Rimbault, Thomas Rodd, Henry F. Sewall, Richard Herne Shepherd, Frederic Shoberl, Alexander Smith, Charles W. Stearns, Thomas George Stevenson, Mr. Stock, [Alfred Dixon?] Toovey, W. Tyson, W. Brownlow Waight, Henry Benjamin Wheatley, Thomas Wright, and unidentified persons.

Item level description provided for most letters.


  • Majority of material found within Bulk, 1830-1882
  • 1824-1882


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.


Collection is open for research.


224.0 items


Letters written by John Payne Collier, mostly from later in his life. Also, newspaper clippings about the forgery controversy. Items not collected together until Folger staff created this collection.


The collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient and then chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Items acquired at various times from various sources. See item level descriptions for accession information.

Related Materials

Autograph autobiography of John Payne Collier [manuscript], 1880 (Folger MS M.a.230)

John Payne Collier collection of letters and papers, removed from The history of English dramatic poetry to the time of Shakespeare, and Annals of the stage of the restoration [manuscript], 19th century (Folger MS W.b.502 (1-22)-W.b.503 (1-130))

J.P. Collier collection of letters and papers, removed from An old man's diary (Folger MS Y.d.341 (1-172))

Letters to John Payne Collier from various correspondents [manuscript], 1799-1884 (Folger MS Y.d.6 (1-231))

In addition to these Collier collections, letters to and from Collier appear in many collections throughout the Folger. These may be found under the name headings "Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883, recipient" and "Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883, correspondent."

Separated Materials

Some letters were removed from books. At least two of these books, The poet's pilgrimage, cataloged as W.a.174, and Strictures on Mr. Collier's new edition of Shakespeare, cataloged as PR3071 .D85, are held by the Folger.


PR3071 .D85:

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Administrative Information

Processed by Folger Shakespeare Library staff.

Finding aid prepared by Ashley S. Behringer, September 2011.

Guide to Autograph letters signed and initialled from John Payne Collier to various recipients, 1824-1882 (bulk 1830-1882) Folger MS Y.c.1055 (1-224)
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