Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Sir Francis Cowley Burnand Punch magazine correspondence, 1861-1908 MS 130



creator Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), 1836-1917
Title: Sir Francis Cowley Burnand Punch magazine correspondence
Dates: 1861-1908
Abstract: This collection contains forty-nine letters from Sir Francis Cowley Burnand, British editor of Punch magazine,to various people he worked with. The letters span the years 1861-1908
Identification: MS 130
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet(49 letters)
Language: English
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Sir Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917), was a talented and prolific comedic writer. He began writing stage pieces while at Eton College from 1851-1854. He then moved on to Trinity College, Cambridge University, for three years. He entered the seminary soon after, but decided his true vocation was as a comedic writer for the stage. Burnand authored over one hundered farces, burlesques, pantomimes, light musical pieces, and melodramas. He collaborated with both W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan. He also wrote for the comic periodical Fun . Mark Lemon, the founding editor of Punch , recruited him as a regular contributor in 1863. Burnand worked at Punch for forty-three years. He was knighted in 1902 - the first time a Punch writer had been so honored. After his forced retirement from the magazine in 1906, Burnand toured England with a lecture entitled Nearly Fifty Years of Punch . His memoirs, titled Records and Reminiscences , were published in 1903. Biographical information excerpted from Encyclopedia of British Humorists, Geoffrey Chaucer to John Cleese , volume 1, A-K., page 169. Garland Publishing, New York and London, 1996.


Scope and Contents

Sir Francis Cowley Burnand was the editor of Punch magazine . His correspondence was directed to the people he worked with and usually concerned the literary material he dealt with. Correspondents include Sir Henry Thompson, the surgeon; Sir F. Carruthers Gould, Mrs. Merivale, Gerald Christy the lecture agent, and others. The letters, which span most of his working life, dealt with Roman Catholicism, Daphne du Maurier, the Punch cartoon titled "Dropping the Pilot", Sir Francis' much protested forced retirement from Punch , his plays and their performances, his lectures, life and career.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the Sir Francis Cowley Burnand Punch magazine correspondence must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Rice University.


Index Terms

Poets, English -- 19th century
English wit and humor
Humorists, English -- 19th century
Burnand, F. C. (Francis Cowley), 1836-1917

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sir Francis Cowley Burnand Punch magazine correspondence, 1861-1908, MS 130, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased from Mr. Myers, bookdealer, and received May 9, 1958.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Francis C. Burnand Punch magazine correspondence, 1861-1908

Scope and Contents note
Some items had no indication of date or addressee. In such cases, the first few words of text or return address, if any,is given for identification.
Folder
1 Francis Cowley Burnand to Lacy November 1, 1861
Francis C. Burnand to Lacy April 7, 1867
Francis C. Burnand to Lacy April 28, 1867
Francis C. Burnand to "Dear Pal" December 17, 1869
Francis C. Burnand to L. Sleure December 22, 1877
Francis C. Burnand to P. Simpson June 9, 1878
Francis C. Burnand to "Dear Sir" October 14, 1878
Francis C. Burnand to "Dear Charles" June 30, 1879
Francis C. Burnand to Carolus march 13, 1880
Francis C. Burnand to "Dear Pal" February 20, 1882
Francis C. Burnand to "Dear Charles" May 3, 1882
Francis C. Burnand to Mrs. Skinner December 10, 1884
Francis C. Burnand to Sir Henry Thompson july 9, 1885
Francis C. Burnand to ---- June 20, 1889
Francis C. Burnand to The Lecture Agency may 13,1892
Francis C. Burnand to My Dear Seymour March 15, 1897
Francis C. Burnand to Percy Reeve June 9, 1899
Francis C. Burnand to My Dear Mr. Gould January 12, 1900
Francis C. Burnand to My Dear Mr. Gould November 3, 1900
Francis C. Burnand to J.W. Rogers November 28, 1901
Francis C. Burnand to My Dear Mrs. Merivale May 26, 1902
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Gould Februrary 16, 1906
Francis C. Burnand to G. Christy January 20, 1903
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Gould February 16, 1906
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Christy May 2,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Gerald Christy May 15,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Christy May 20,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Christy May 25,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Christy June 3,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Gerald Christy November 2,1906
Francis C. Burnand to Gerald Christy March 21,1908
Francis C. Burnand to Gerald Christy March 22,1908
Francis C. Burnand to Dear Brondly February 9----
Francis C. Burnand to "Gwendolyn (sp?)my dear" February 4----
Francis C. Burnand to O'Conan Power March 1----
Francis C. Burnand to Herman March 16----
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Gerald Christy March 29----
Francis C. Burnand to Mr.Christy May 22----'My dear Mr. Christy, thanks for your letter..."
Francis C. Burnand to Mr.Christy May 28----note marked Private, May 28, 18 Royal Crescent, Ramsgate
Francis C. Burnand to ---- May 28----,note marked 18 Royal Crescent, Ramsgate
Francis C. Burnand to ---- May 29----, note, "Kindly compare list..."
Francis C. Burnand to Dear Charles undated
Francis C. Burnand to Sir Henry (Thompson?), marked 192 Brompton Road undated
Francis C. Burnand to Mr.Lacy , "Your letter has been forwarded to me..." undated
Francis C. Burnand, note marked "Private" undated
Francis C. Burnand to Dear Lacy, marked 102 Belgrave Road undated
Francis C. Burnand to Mr. Lacy, marked 8 Sussex Place, Hyde Park undated----
Francis C. Burnand to Dear Mr. Lacy , marked 88 High Street, Eton undated
Francis C. Burnand "Excellent Letter! Excellent News! undated