Thomas Allsop Papers

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Thomas Allsop papers
Creator: Allsop, Thomas, 1795-1880
Call Number: A.A44
Dates: 1815-1880
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Arrangement
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Pictures
Collection Overview
Title: Thomas Allsop papers
Creator: Allsop, Thomas, 1795-1880
Call Number: A.A44
Dates: 1815-1880
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Thomas Allsop (1795-1880) was a stockbroker and author. He was an intimate friend of Charles Lamb and other literary personages of the period. Allsop made the acquaintance of Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1818, and became his ardent disciple. On the poet's death Allsop published the Letters, Conversations and Recollections of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (London, 1836).

Allsop was involved in many political and social reform movements. He sympathized with Felice Orsini and was charged by the government of having knowingly purchased shells to be used by Orsini in an assassination attempt upon Napoleon III. Allsop was not brought to trial, however. George Jacob Holyoake wrote of Allsop in the Dictionary of National Biography : "By reason of his friendships, his social position, and his boldness, he was one of the unseen forces of revolution in his day".

Scope and Content
Allsop's correspondents include: Annie Besant, Charles Bradlaugh, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Jacob Holyoake, Charles Lamb, Joseph Mazzinni, Robert Owen, and others.

The one Samuel Taylor Coleridge letter (January 8, 1819) was written originally for a young woman and later given to Thomas Allsop. The letter is Coleridge's advice on love and marriage. The manuscript copy differs in several respects from the version printed in Coleridge's Collected Letters (Volume IV, no. 1169). Also included is a copy of Coleridge's will.

The letters of Annie Besant (7 letters) and Charles Bradlaugh (5 letters), co-editor and editor of the National Reformer, include references to the difficulties they encountered in their efforts to publish in 1877, Charles Knowlton's Fruits of Philosophy, a pamphlet advocating birth control.

The George Jacob Holyoake letters (14 letters written between June 7, 1858 and October 14, 1876) deal with the charges brought against Allsop that he purchased the shells in the assassination attempt on Napoleon III. Other topics discussed are the work of Robert Owen, Holyoake's own activities and news of Holyoake's and Allsop's mutual friends.

Also included are two letters to Allsop from the Italian patriot Joseph Mazzinni. In the letter of July 10, 1860, Mazzinni justifies his actions and describes his difficulties within the movement to unify Italy.

Among the topics discussed in the six letters from Robert Owen written between November 11, 1833 and September 7, 1858 is his work on behalf of the working classes.

Arrangement
All letters in the collection have been indexed.

Subject(s):
Correspondence
Allsop, Thomas, 1795-1880
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Emily Driscoll, June 4, 1968 and May 25, 1971.Access
The Thomas Allsop papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Thomas Allsop papers, A.A44, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
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Content List
Series I: Correspondence
Correspondents include: Annie Besant; Marcus Beresford; Charles Bradlaugh; Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge; George William Frederick Carlisle, 7th Earl of Howard; Francis Stephen Cary; Mrs. Louisa Cary; H. Clinton; Richard Cobden; Henry Colburn; Derwent Coleridget; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Joseph Cowen; Mrs. Rose Mary (Yeats) Crawshay; Ambrose C. Cuddon; Thomas Slingsby Duncombe; Henry Drummond; T. Durrell; John Epps; John Finch; George Fisk; John Frost; Mrs. Anna Gillman; Clair James Grece; M. M. Holbrooke; George Jacob Holyoake; Charles Lamb; J. Baxter Langley; F. D. Leblanc; Charles Makins; J. Manchester; Joseph Mazzini; Lord Robert Montagu; Sir William Francis Napier; Thomas O'Eagan, lst Baron O'Hagan; Robert Owen; Philip Henry Stanhope, 5th Earl Stanhope; W. F. Cowell Stepney; Thomas Noon Talfourd; Edward Thomas; Henry Travis; Emilie (Ashurst) Hawkes Venturi

Box 1, Folder 1Correspondence, 1815-1823
Box 1, Folder 2Correspondence, 1824-1835
Box 1, Folder 3Correspondence, 1836-1855
Box 1, Folder 4Correspondence, 1856-1862
Box 1, Folder 5Correspondence, 1863-1873
Box 1, Folder 6Correspondence, 1874-1880
Box 1, Folder 7Correspondence, undated A-Z
Box 1, Folder 8Copy of last will of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, September 17, 1829
Series II: Pictures
Box 1, Folder 9Pictures


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