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Campbell, Thomas: letter, 14 Aug 1838


Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL127

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Campbell, Thomas: letter, 14 Aug 1838

Date(s): 1838

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 2 leaves

Name of creator(s): Campbell | Thomas | 1777-1844 | poet


Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Campbell was born in 1777, the son of a Glasgow merchant who lost his fortune whilst Thomas was young. He was educated at Glasgow Grammar School, and became a classics scholar at Glasgow University, 1791-1796, where he participated in debates and undertook poetical translations from Greek. Following a short period as a tutor in Mull, 1795, and Argyllshire, 1796, he settled in Edinburgh as a law clerk and tutor. His first publication was Pleasures of Hope (Mundell and Son, Edinburgh, 1799). Pensioned by the Crown in 1805, he continued to write. He became Lord Rector of Glasgow University, 1826-1829. Campbell died at Bologne in 1844 and was buried in Westminster Abbey.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Thomas Campbell of 61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, [London] to [Mr Fonblanque], 14 Aug 1838. Apologising for breaking a dinner engagement without warning: he was called suddenly to Edinburgh to the bedside of his eldest sister. Complaining of feeling 'wretchedly feeble' himself. Autograph, with signature.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found in a book from D S MacColl's collection.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

On negative microfilm - reference: MIC 242/2

Related material:

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Aug 2008

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