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William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection, 1815-1850
1 half archival box, 7 scrapbooks (2.25 linear ft.)
Collection number: MA.00247

Abstract:
Manuscript poems, outgoing correspondence, and scrapbooks about English Romantic poet William Wordsworth (1770-1850).

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Amherst College Archives and Special Collections

Biographical/Historical note

William Wordsworth (1770-1850) was an English Romantic poet.

Cornelius H. Patton (1860-1939), Amherst class of 1883 and Trustee of the College from 1905-1939, was a clergyman, author, and collector of Wordsworthiana. Patton published The Rediscovery of Wordsworth in 1935 and The Amherst Wordsworth Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography in 1936.

Scope and Contents note

The Wordsworth Manuscript Collection is a small assortment of original letters, manuscript poems, images, and scrapbooks. The collection can be navigated using the printed bibliography The Amherst Wordsworth Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography by Cornelius Patton.

The papers are organized into 4 series:


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

There is no restriction on access to the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection for research use. Particularly fragile items may be restricted for preservation purposes.

Restrictions on use:

Requests for permission to publish material from the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection should be directed to the Archives and Special Collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights.

Preferred Citation note

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

[Identification of item], in the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection [Box #, folder #], Amherst College Archives and Special Collections, Amherst College Library.

History of the Collection

This collection contains the manuscripts of 14 sonnets, which were donated by Mrs. Marie H. Clemens as a memorial to her husband, Dr. James Brentano Clemens.

Cornelius Howard Patton, class of 1883, presented additional Wordsworth manuscripts and a large collection of books by and about Wordsworth to Amherst College in 1930.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Amherst College Archives and Special Collections
Robert Frost Library
PO Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000

Phone: (413) 542-2299
Fax: (413) 542-2692

Email Reference Form: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/askus
URL: http://www.amherst.edu/library/archives
Language
English
Related Archival Materials note

In addition to the Cornelius Patton (AC 1883) William Wordsworth Manuscript Collection, Amherst College holds a major collection of books by and about William Wordsworth, published between 1793 and circa 1935. This collection of books was presented to the Amherst College Library by Cornelius H. Patton, Class of 1883. Patton donated this collection in incremental parts from 1929 until his death in 1939. These books can be navigated through the printed bibliography:

Patton, Cornelius Howard. The Amherst Wordsworth Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography. Hartford: Lockwood and Brainard Company, 1936.


Contents List
1. Correspondence
1817-1847


Series 1: Correspondence consists of outgoing correspondence from Wordsworth. It is especially of use to those interested in the publishing history of Wordsworth’s works.

Wordsworth to R.P. Gilles
1817 [Sep] 19

Box 1: folder 1
Wordsworth to Helen Maria Williams
[1820 Oct]

Box 1: folder 2
Wordsworth to Edward Moxon
[1836] May 26

Box 1: folder 3
Wordsworth to Thomas Noon Talfourd
1838 May 3

Box 1: folder 4
Wordsworth to Joshua Watson
1840 Feb 11

Box 1: folder 5
Wordsworth to unknown correspondent
1841 Feb 16

Box 1: folder 6
Wordsworth to Thomas Powell
1842 Apr 2

Box 1: folder 7
Wordsworth to [T. Atwood Welmsley]
1847 Apr 29

Box 1: folder 8
2. Manuscript Poems



Series 2: Manuscript Poems consists of poems written in Wordsworth’s hand or, in the case of “Cranmer,” “Old Abbeys,” “A Parsonage in Oxfordshire,” and “New Church-Yard,” in Dorothy’s hand [presumably Wordsworth’s sister, Dorothy]. Of particular note, are an unpublished sonnet (folder 13), an early draft of “Fall of the Aar” (folder 15), and a few lines of “Immortality Ode,” written close to his death and in which Wordsworth misquotes himself (folder 18). Items in folders 9-16 are classified by Patton as “Ecclesiastical Sketches.”

"Persecution;" "Fall of the Aar"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 9
"Cranmer;" "Old Abbeys"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 10
"Illustration;" "Decay of Piety"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 11
"A Parsonage in Oxfordshire;" "New Church-Yard"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 12
"Inside of King's College Chapel;" Unpublished Sonnet
n.d.

Box 1: folder 13
"The Monument Commonly Called Long Meg and Her Daughters"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 14
"Recovery;" "Fall of the Aar"—first draft
n.d.

Box 1: folder 15
"General View of the Troubles of the Reformation;" "Imaginative Regrets"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 16
Wordsworth to "Lady Bell"
1839 May 8

Box 1: folder 17
Last two lines of "Immortality Ode"
1850 Feb 2

Box 1: folder 18
3. Patton Addenda
1815-1846, n.d.


Series 3: Patton Addenda contains items added to the collection after the publishing of Patton’s The Amherst Wordsworth Collection: A Descriptive Bibliography. It contains eight letters and one poem fragment (six lines from Descriptive Sketches).

Wordsworth to Rev. Wm. Jackson
[1827] Jan 26

Box 1: folder 19
Wordsworth to Rev. Wm. Jackson
[1828/29] Mar 10

Box 1: folder 20
Wordsworth to Rev. Wm. Jackson
[1846] Apr 28

Box 1: folder 21
Wordsworth to son (fragment)
[1826]

Box 1: folder 22
Wordsworth to Messrs. Longman (fragment)
1826 Nov 22

Box 1: folder 23
Wordsworth to Messrs. Longman
[?] May 10

Box 1: folder 24
Wordsworth to unknown correspondent
1846 Mar 23

Box 1: folder 25
Wordsworth to [Southey]
[1815 Mar]

Box 1: folder 26
6 lines from "Descriptive Sketches"
n.d.

Box 1: folder 27
4. Images



Series 4: Images consists of loose photos and scrapbooks compiled or collected by Patton relating to the Wordsworth family and the English Lake District. These scrapbooks are not stored with the rest of the collection, and their call numbers are provided.

Images of Wordsworth


Box 1: folder 28
Banks, William. Views of the English lakes. Windermere, England: J. Garnet, 1873.



Catalog Number: xxWK B226v

Scrapbook compiled by George Bosworth Churchill



Catalog Number: xxWK C475l v.1

Scrapbook compiled by George Bosworth Churchill



Catalog Number: xxWK C475l v.2

Scrapbook compiled by Andrew Jackson George



Catalog Number: xxWK G293w v.1

Scrapbook compiled by Andrew Jackson George



Catalog Number: xxWK G293w v. 2

Scrapbook compiled by Andrew Jackson George



Catalog Number: xxWK G293w v.3

Scrapbook compiled by Cornelius and Pauline Patton



Catalog Number: xxWK P27w


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850

Contributors
  • Patton, Cornelius H. (Cornelius Howard), 1860-1939, (AC 1883)

Genre terms
  • Wordsworth, William, 1770-1850--Manuscripts


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