Guide to the Richardson Family papers, 1714-1802 MS 279
Samuel Richardson (19 August 1689 – 4 July 1761) was an 18th-century English writer and printer. He is best known for his three epistolary novels: Pamela: Or, Virtue Rewarded (1740), Clarissa: Or the History of a Young Lady (1748) and The History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753). Outside of his writing career, Richardson was an established printer and publisher for most of his life and printed almost 500 different works and various journals and magazines.
This collection contains letters and literary drafts of Samuel Richardson; letters of his daughter, Anne Richardson, to her sister (Martha Richardson Bridgen) and parents, and Sally Crowther Moodie. The collection also includes letters by Elizabeth (Leake) Richardson, Sally Crowther Moodie, and Jane Berthon regarding the Lisbon earthquake (1755); and correspondence from O.B. Kaiser to Samuel Richardson.
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Permission to publish material from the Richardson Family Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Richardson Family Papers, 1714-1802, MS 279, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
This collection was donated to Fondren by Alan Dugald McKillop in June 1975.
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