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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Custodial History
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Scope and Contents
  • General
  • Existence and Location of Copies
  • Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
    Title: Elizabeth Robinson Montagu papers
    Creator: Montagu, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1720-1800
    Identifier/Call Number: mssMO
    Physical Description: 140.4 Linear Feet (117 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1688-1800
    Abstract: Papers of Elizabeth Montagu, chiefly letters, with some manuscripts.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for use by qualified researchers and by appointment. Please contact Reader Services at the Huntington Library for more information.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elizabeth Robinson Montagu papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Purchased from A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1925.

    Custodial History

    The collection was formed by Matthew Montagu, 4th Baron of Rokeby, nephew of Elizabeth Montagu and executor of her estate. In 1899, the papers passed into the hands of his granddaughter Emily J. Climenson, and upon her death in 1921 to Mr. Reginald Blunt.

    Biographical / Historical

    Elizabeth (Robinson) Montagu, socially prominent "bluestocking," author, and indefatigable correspondent. Her husband Edward Montagu (d. 1775) was a member of the Parliament, prominent Whig and owner of coal mines in Northumberland and estates in Berkshire and Yorkshire. Elizabeth Montagu's home in London was a famous literary salon that attracted Hannah More, Elizabeth Carter, Lord Lyttleton, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others. After the death of her husband, she managed the family estates and collieries.

    Scope and Contents

    Papers of Elizabeth Montagu, chiefly letters, with some manuscripts. The papers deal with literary affairs, personalities, and gossip, including references to current books and plays; social and everyday life of Elizabeth Montagu at her homes at Sandleford Priory, London, Bath, and Turnbridge Wells; her travels to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sandleford, Spa (1763), Paris (1776), and Scotland (1766 and 1770); current political events, including the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the Seven Years War, the coronation of George III, the John Wilkes affair, and the trial of Warren Hastings; coal mines and mining in Northumberland.
    Correspondents include Dorothea Gregory Alison, Margaret Cavendish (Harley) Bentinck, Duchess of Portland; Frances Evelyn Boscawen (Glanville); Anne Donnellan; Elizabeth Charlton Montagu; Matthew Montagu, Edward Montagu; William Pultney, Earl of Bath, Matthew Robinson-Morris, 2nd Baron of Rokeby; Sarah Robinson Scott; Elizabeth Vesey, Gilbert West, and others.


    Individual call numbers included in the collection: mssMO 1-6923.

    Existence and Location of Copies

    This collection has been digitized in its entirety and the digital reproductions are available in the Huntington Digital Library. 


    The collection is arranged chronologically.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Grand tours (Education)
    Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746 -- Sources
    Literary patrons -- Great Britain
    Salons -- England -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 -- Sources
    Women authors, English -- 18th century -- Archives
    Women intellectuals -- Great Britain
    Bath (England) -- Description and travel
    England -- Intellectual life -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century -- Sources
    London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
    London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
    Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -- Description and travel
    Sandleford Priory (Berkshire, England) -- History -- Sources
    Spa (Belgium) -- Description and travel
    Turnbridge Wells (Kent, England) -- History -- Sources
    Family papers -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Personal papers -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Alison, Dorothea Gregory -- Correspondence
    Bath, William Pulteney, Earl of, 1684-1764 -- Correspondence
    Boscawen, Frances Evelyn Glanville -- Corresponence
    Donnellan, Anne -- Correspondence
    George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 -- Coronation
    Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818
    Montagu, Elizabeth Charton -- Correspondence
    Montagu, Matthew, Baron Rokeby, 1762-1831
    Montagu, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1720-1800 -- Archives
    Montagu, Edward, 1692-1775 -- Correspondence
    Portland, Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck, Duchess of, 1715-1785 -- Correspondence
    Rokeby, Matthew Robinson-Morris, Baron, 1713-1800 -- Correspondence
    Scott, Sarah, 1723-1795 -- Correspondence
    Vesey, Elizabeth Vesey, 1715?-1791 -- Correspondence
    Voltaire, 1694-1778 -- Correspondence
    West, Gilbert, 1703-1756 -- Correspondence
    Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833
    Wilkes, John, 1725-1797