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Blackmore, Richard Doddridge: letters, 1876-1879


Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL274

Held at: Senate House Library, University of London

Title: Blackmore, Richard Doddridge: letters, 1876-1879

Date(s): 1876-1879

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 6 items

Name of creator(s): Blackmore | Richard Doddridge | 1825-1900 | author x Blackmore | R


Administrative/Biographical history:

Richard Doddridge Blackmore was born in Berkshire in 1825. He was educated at schools in Devon and Somerset and at Exeter College, Oxford. After graduating, he studied law and was called to the bar in 1852; he practised law for some years but also worked as a teacher and journalist during that time. After inheriting money in 1857, he became a fruit farmer in Teddington, Middlesex, where he lived for the rest of his life. He served on the fruit and vegetable committee of the Royal Horticultural Society from 1883 until 1892. Blackmore also wrote poetry and several novels, including the bestselling Lorna Doone.


Scope and content/abstract:

6 letters from Richard Doddridge Blackmore of Gomer House, Teddington, [Middlesex] to Blackmore's publishers, Messrs Smith, Elder and Co of 15 Waterloo Place, Pall Mall, London, 1876-1879. Mainly concerning the publication and sales of Blackmore's novel Erema (1877). All letters are autograph, with signatures (except the last, from which the signature appears to have been cut away).


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the items in the collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the controlled 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.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.



Archival history:

See archivist.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Found inserted in a presentation copy of Roberts's Healthy Dwellings - classmark [G.L.] B.861.


Existence and location of copies:

A photostatic copy and a microfilm copy of the text are held by the University of Viriginia.

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: July 2008

Publishers | Communication personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Publishing industry

Personal names
Blackmore | Richard Doddridge | 1825-1900 | author x Blackmore | R D

Corporate names
Smith, Elder and Company | publishers