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Inventory of the Richard Carlile Papers, 1819-1900
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Subject matter
  • Persons represented by five or more pieces
  • Some important or interesting items
  • Bibliography

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Richard Carlile Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1819-1900
    Creator: Carlile, Richard, 1790-1843
    Extent: Number of pieces: 620
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Carlile's papers were purchased in 1936 from Mrs. Norman F. Stevens of Pasadena. Mrs. Stevens was a great-granddaughter of Carlile and a granddaughter of Theophila (Carlile) Campbell.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Richard Carlile Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Subject matter

    A. Blasphemy and libel trials of:
    • 1. Richard Carlile, for publishing Paine's Age of Reason and Elihu Palmer's Principles of Nature in 1819 and for writing an article inciting agricultural workers to riot in 1830
    • 2. Jane Carlile (first wife of Richard Carlile), for printing a blasphemous article written by Carlile in The Republican
    • 3. Mary Ann Carlile (sister of Richard Carlile), for selling an Appendix to Paine's Theological Works
    B. Liberty of the press in Great Britain
    C. Bible and science. Carlile considered the Bible unintelligible unless regarded as a scientific tract
    D. Prison conditions in Great Britain

    Persons represented by five or more pieces

    Theophila (Carlile) Campbell
    7 pieces
    Eliza (Sharples) Carlile (second wife of Richard Carlile)
    43 pieces
    Richard Carlile
    265 pieces
    Squire Farrar
    6 pieces
    George Jacob Holyoake
    7 letteres
    Logan Mitchell
    9 pieces
    Alexander Morison
    6 pieces
    Francis Place (radical reformer)
    7 pieces
    Robert Taylor (deistical writer)
    40 pieces

    Some important or interesting items

    • Carlile, Richard. Papers relating to a suit for libel brought against the owners of the Nottingham and Newark Mercury for printing an alleged libel on Carlile's character contained in a letter written to the newspaper by Joseph Gilbert, Congregational divine, on Sep. 6, 1828. 1828-1834
    • Cobbett, William. Letter to Carlile warning him not to publish a certain letter until he has seen it again. Kensington, July 14, 1831
    • Detrosier, Rowland. Letter to Carlile. ...I have been much pained by the circumstances of this afternoon, and I cannot but think you have not done me justice. I intended good, you appear to me to have viewed it as wholly evil. I do not deserve this... [c.1830]
    • Hone, William. Manuscript of Carlile's defense. 1819
    • Place, Francis. Letter to Richard Carlile. ...I cannot see how it can ever be possible for you or any one else ever to cause or even to compel the priests of any sect to teach science generally... July 23, 1841


    Battle of the Press, a life of Richard Carlile by Theophila Carlile Campbell, his daughter, London, 1899 [Z 325 C28 C3]