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John Thelwall Letters
The bulk of this collection is comprised of eight letters from John Thelwall to Thomas Hardy written between 1796 and 1805. They are numbered at the top (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13), suggesting that the letters are part of a group of at least thirteen. In 1950 the English poet, critic, and literary editor, Edgell Rickword (1898-1982), purchased the letters from the Bookseller Rogers of Newcastle and later published seven of them in Literature and Society: Essays and Opinions (II), 1931-1978 (Manchester: Carcanet New Press, 1978). Rickword also published an article on these letters entitled: "Thelwall to Hardy" in The Times Literary Supplement, 17 June 1953.
In addition to the eight letters from Thelwall to Hardy, this collection also includes a short note from Thomas Hardy to a "Mr. Gardner"; the note is dated 2 April 1821.