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Miscellaneous papers, ca. 1868-1896 (1934).

Author: William MorrisJane Burden MorrisEiríkr MagnússonReginald Theodore Blomfield, SirJohn H DearleAll authors
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Miscellaneous letters, notes, and other papers of William Morris, his family, associates and biographer. Most items are of an incidental nature but the collection includes a draft letter of Morris giving his reasons for resigning from a socialist organization (Series I), detailed notes by Morris on dyeing (Series II), and papers relating to the Kelmscott Press (Series I and III).
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Genre/Form: Sketches
Portraits
Poems
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: William Morris; Jane Burden Morris; Eiríkr Magnússon; Reginald Theodore Blomfield, Sir; John H Dearle; W J Linton; Edward Coley Burne-Jones; Georgiana Burne-Jones, Lady; May Morris; J W Mackail; Margaret Burne-Jones Mackail; Richard Watson Dixon; William Allingham; Sydney Carlyle Cockerell, Sir
OCLC Number: 81665764
Notes: Mss.; photographs; drawings.
Description: 39 items.

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Miscellaneous letters, notes, and other papers of William Morris, his family, associates and biographer. Most items are of an incidental nature but the collection includes a draft letter of Morris giving his reasons for resigning from a socialist organization (Series I), detailed notes by Morris on dyeing (Series II), and papers relating to the Kelmscott Press (Series I and III).

Seven letters of Morris to the Reverend Richard W. Dixon, Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, the Irish poet William Allingham, and Sydney Cockerell, secretary and historian of the Kelmscott Press; a draft letter of resignation; a receipt of Morris and Company; and a letter received from William James Linton. Three of the letters relate to the Kelmscott Press and another mentions Edward Burne-Jones and Neworth Castle. Morris' letter of resignation (1884?) is to the council of a socialist organization (presumably the Democratic Federation) and gives his reasons for resigning. Arranged chronologically.

Series I. Correspondence of William Morris, ca. 1868-1896.

Series II. Notes relating to dyeing experiments with fabric, n.d.

2 sheets of the notes by Morris are on paper headed "Kelmscott House, Upper Mall, Hammersmith." 1 sheet of the notes relate to monitoring fading, aging and discoloration of dyes on windowed swatches of fabric. The 4th sheet consists of Morris' conclusions, drawn from the experiments, regarding the best methods and techniques for dyeing fabrics.

Series III. Family & biographical papers, and miscellaneous correspondence, ca. 1877-1934 (14 items)

The correspondence and papers of Morris' wife Jane Burden and his daughter May consist of seven items dating from ca. 1877-1907. Included are an 1899 letter from Jane to Dixon with references to J.W. Mackail's biography of her husband and to a manuscript of one of Morris' poems; and 2 p. of notes by May (n.d.), furnishing commentary on published works about her father. Also included in this series are two letters from Mackail and one from Margaret Mackail to Cockerell (1906, 1912), the latter apparently referring to a portrait of Morris; a letter of Eirikr Magnusson, Morris' Icelandic tutor and occasional co-author; a 1934 letter from Cockerell to Sir Reginald Blomfield concerning Morris and Burne-Jones; and an undated fragment of a letter of Georgiana Burne-Jones. Also a signed portrait photograph of Morris, ca. 1885.

Series IV. John H. Dearle: Sketches and notes, 1897-1930 (9 items).

Ten humorous pen and ink and pencil sketches, with occasional notes and annotations, apparently by Dearle, who was one of Morris' embroidery, textile, and wall-paper designers and one-time manager of the Merton Abbey workshops. Only two of the items are dated and others may pre-date 1897.

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