Calendars of nearly 17,000 letters have been added to the database.  Those from private collections include:

  • 4,649 letters from the autograph collection of Mary Anne Nichols which was formed largely from the literary manuscripts accumulated by John Nichols and John Bowyer Nichols
  • 1,183 letters in Nichols ‘Family Records’ volumes 6 (1800-1803), 8 (1808-1810), 10 (1813-1815), 11 (1816-1817), 12 (1818-1820) and 13 (1821-1823)
  • 451 letters to or from Joseph Cradock (1742-1826), man of letters of Gumley, Leicestershire.  Most of these are from a single volume of his correspondence with John Nichols, 1792-1826, in Private Collection 2.

Other significant parts of the database include:

  • 3,997 letters to or from John Nichols, 1750-1826
  • 3,951 letters to or from John Bowyer Nichols, 1777-1863
  • 3,162 letters to or from John Gough Nichols, 1816-1873
  • 166 letters to or from Richard Gough (1735-1809), antiquary
  • 108 letters referring to Dr Samuel Johnson
  • 3,249 letters that contain references to items submitted to the Gentleman’s Magazine
  • 1,300 letters relating to Leicestershire
  • 1,603 letters that were used by John Nichols and his son in preparing the Literary Anecdotes or Literary Illustrations
  • 96 letters relating to John Nichols’ Progresses of Queen Elizabeth and Progresses of King James I
  • 74 letters to or from William Bray (1736-1832), antiquary of Surrey
  • 54 letters to or from George Lipscomb, historian of Buckinghamshire
  • 95 references to Andrew Coltee Ducarel (1713-1785), antiquary and librarian at Lambeth Palace
  • 360 Nichols letters in the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York
  • 88 letters to or from the publishers, Cadell and Davies
  • 283 letters relating to John Nichols’ research for the life and works of William Hogarth
  • 499 Nichols letters held by the British Library
  • 177 Nichols letters held by the Society of Antiquaries of London
  • 1,840 Nichols letters held by the Bodleian Library, Oxford
  • 1,015 Nichols letters held by Yale University Library
  • 3,249 Nichols letters held by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C.
  • 90 letters relating to John Gough Nichols’ pioneering work on medieval tiles held by Bucks County Historical Society at Doylestown, Pennsylvania
  • 309 letters relating to Robert Surtees (1779-1834), historian of Durham and the Surtees Society.

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