Rickman-Southey Collection mssRS

Gayle Richardson
The Huntington Library
August 2020
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Business Number: (626) 405-2191

Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Rickman-Southey collection
Creator: Rickman, John, 1771-1840
Creator: Southey, Robert, 1774-1843
Identifier/Call Number: mssRS
Physical Description: 18.5 Linear Feet (16 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1798-1839
Abstract: A collection of correspondence between the English poet Robert Southey and John Rickman.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Southey-Rickman collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Provenance unknown. In Library as of 1941.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Southey (1774-1843) was an English Romantic poet and Poet Laureate from 1813 till his death in 1843. Southey was friends with John Rickman (1771-1840) who was an English government official and statistician.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 1,278 items from 1798 to 1839, it consists of the correspondence between John Rickman and Robert Southey during their 41-year friendship. Box 16 also contains a few letters by other authors including four by James Burney, English Naval officier, and two by George Dyer, English classicist, poet and editor.

Processing Information

Processed by Huntington Library Staff, circa 1945; finding aid created by Brooke M. Black in April 2014. In 2020, Gayle Richardson created the electronic finding aid.


Arranged chronologically.


Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssRS 1-1258.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Poets, English -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 18th century
Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 19th century
Burney, James, 1750-1821
Dyer, George, 1755-1841

Box 1

Robert Southey 1800-1805

Box 2

Robert Southey 1806-1810

Box 3

Robert Southey 1811-1814

Box 4

Robert Southey 1815-1817

Box 5

Robert Southey 1818-1820

Box 6

Robert Southey 1821-1827

Box 7

Robert Southey 1828-1830

Box 8

Robert Southey 1831-1834, May

Box 9

Robert Southey 1834, June-1839

Box 10

John Rickman 1798-1805

Box 11

John Rickman 1806-1811

Box 12

John Rickman 1812-1817

Box 13

John Rickman 1818-1824

Box 14

John Rickman 1825-1830

Box 15

John Rickman 1831

Box 16

John Rickman and miscellaneous 1832-1839