University of Texas, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Robert Stephen Hawker:

A Preliminary Inventory of His Collection in the Manuscript Collection at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center



Creator: Hawker, Robert Stephen, 1803-1875
Title: Robert Stephen Hawker Collection
Dates: 1855-1975
Abstract: This collection of Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875), English poet, antiquary, and Vicar of Morwenstow, consists of correspondence, reviews, newspaper clippings, material relating to Hawker's family history, including wills and birth, marriage, and death certificates, photographic images, and other miscellaneous items.
Extent: 5 boxes (2.10 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

Scope and Contents

This collection of Robert Stephen Hawker (1803-1875), English poet, antiquary, and Vicar of Morwenstow, consists of correspondence, reviews, newspaper clippings, material relating to Hawker's family history, including wills and birth, marriage, and death certificates, photographic images, and other miscellaneous items. The collection is arranged in two series: I. Correspondence, 1855-1875, and II. Hawker Materials Collected by F. S. Goard, 1876-1975.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters written by Hawker to Mrs. Harriet Watson, an admirer of Hawker's poetry who donated the money necessary to restore the roof of Morwenstow Church. Hawker's letters to Mrs. Watson chronicle his thoughts on theological and political matters and his experiences during their fifteen-year correspondence, including the illness and death of his first wife Charlotte. Mrs. Watson was also likely the recipient of the undated and incomplete letters contained in the collection. A smaller portion of the correspondence consists of letters from Hawker to Dr. Bewdsley, the doctor who looked after Mrs. Watson before her death in 1875. Letters to Hawker from various correspondents are present as well. Most notable among the letters to Hawker is a copy, in Hawker's hand, of a letter from Alfred Tennyson.

The Hawker materials collected by F. S. Goard provide insight into Hawker's family history as well as his life as a poet and vicar. Present in the collected materials are published reviews of Hawker biographies, including biographies by Sabine Baring-Gould (1876), F. G. Lee (1876), Charles Edward Byles (1905), Margaret Florence Burrows (1926), and Piers Brendon (1975). Material relating to Hawker's family history included in the collection consists of Hawker's will as well as the wills of Pauline Hawker, Hawker's second wife; Mary Stevens, Pauline Hawker's mother; and Mrs. Watson. Birth, marriage, and death certificates for a number of members of Hawker's family are also present. Newspaper clippings collected by Goard provide information about the centenary celebrations for Hawker at Morenstow in August 1975 and the controversy surrounding Hawker's deathbed conversion to Catholicism. Some of Hawker's contributions to Notes and Queries are included in the collection as well as published articles critiquing Hawker's works.


Restrictions

Access:

Open for research


Separated Material

A copy of Hawker's Cornish Ballads and Other Poems (1869) has been transferred to the library.


Administrative Information

Acquisition:

Purchases, 1963-1976 (Reg. nos. 1610, 7137)

Processed by:

Jennifer Hughes, 2005


Container List

 

Series I. Correspondence, 1855-1875

Subseries A. Outgoing Correspondence
Hawker to Mrs. Harriet Watson
Box Folder
1 1 May 5, 1855-June 17, 1856
2 July 2, 1856-May 7, 1857
3 May 20, 1857-December 31, 1857
4 January 31, 1858-June 27, 1858
5 July 1, 1858-December 26, 1858
6 January 30, 1859-December 25, 1859
7 January 1, 1860-June 24, 1860
Box Folder
2 1 July 2, 1860-December 23, 1860
2 January 13, 1861-June 23, 1861
3 July 7, 1861-December 29, 1861
4 January 12, 1862-June 29, 1862
5 July 6, 1862-December 21, 1862
6 January 1, 1863-June 14, 1863
7 July 12, 1863-October 25, 1863
Box Folder
3 1 November 1, 1863-April 24, 1864
2 May 8, 1864-October 23, 1864
3 November 13, 1864-April 2, 1865
4 April 9, 1865-August 27, 1865
5 September 24, 1865-December 31, 1865
6 January 28, 1866-December 30, 1866
Box Folder
4 1 January 20, 1867-December 29, 1867
2 February 23, 1868-October 11, 1868
3 January 10, 1869-April 12, 1870
4 Undated correspondence
5-6 Incomplete correspondence
Hawker to Dr. Bewdsley
7 October 9, 1872-July 15, 1875
8 Unidentified correspondents and notes
Subseries B. Incoming Correspondence
9 B-P
10 P-W, unidentified
Subseries C. Third Party Correspondence
11 A-Z



 

Series II. Hawker Materials Collected by F. S. Goard, 1876-1975

Box Folder
5 1 Bibliographies
2 Centenary
3 Family information
4 Photocopies of Hawker correspondence
5 Photographic images related to Hawker
Publications
6 About Hawker
7 About works
8 Notes and Queries
Reviews of biographies
9 S. Baring Gould (1876) and Rev. F. G. Lee (1876)
10 C. E. Byles (1905) and M. F. Burrows (1926)
11 Piers Brendon (1975)