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Daniel, George

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 MS 972
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Daniel, George
Date(s): c1797-1900
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Daniel | George | 1789-1864 | businessman, writer and book collector; Daniel | Jesse Cato | 1825-1876 | lecturer
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Administrative/Biographical history:

George Daniel was born in 1789. Though he made his main living as a businessman, he was also a writer and book collector. In his early years, he published squibs on Royal scandals, some of which were suppressed, and satirised contemporary poetasters in The modern Dunciad, 1814. He had a circle of literary friends, including Charles Lamb and Robert Bloomfield, and was also interested in the theatre, editing British Theatre (John Cumberland, London), 1823-1831, and Davison's Actable Drama. Daniel also wrote two farces for the Drury Lane Theatre, as well as numerous humorous and religious poems. At his residence, 18 Canonbury Square, London, he brought together a magnificent collection of Elizabethan books, black-letters ballads and theatrical curiosities, which were dispersed following his death in 1864.


Scope and content/abstract:

Personal papers, correspondence, news-cuttings and pamphlets concerned mainly with various literary societies. This collection also comprises correspondence of the Daniel family, including that of George Daniel's son, Jesse Cato Daniel (1825-1876), Jesse's wife Elizabeth (1825-1900), and his grandson, George B. Daniel (1863-1897) who emigrated to Argentina. The Daniel papers include a letter from the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge to "my very dear Cottie" in 1797.

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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. Access to archive collections may be restricted under the Freedom of Information Act. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

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:

Box listed.

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Allied Materials

Related material:

The British Library, London, holds a copy of The adventures of Dick Distich, 1807-1808 (Ref: Add MS 43793), and letters to the Royal Literary Fund, 1827-1857 (Ref: Loan 96); Edinburgh University Library has letters to James Halliwell Phillipps, 1841-1860 (Ref: LOA).

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Date(s) of descriptions:
2000-04-19 Joseph Gelfer, 2000-06-23 Sarah Smith; 2006-12-02, Richard Temple

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