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TitleThe Briggs Collection of Literary Papers and Correspondence from the Sutton family, Nottingham, 1818-1915
Date Of Creation1818-1915
Extent1 box
AbstractPrincipal document types present include; correspondence, newspaper cuttings, literary papers and photographs.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe Briggs Collection takes its name from the donor of the material who was related to the Sutton family. It contains papers relating primarily to the literary interests of three nineteenth-century figures.

Henry Septimus Sutton (1825-1901) was a Nottingham born author and poet. He was editor of the 'Alliance News' of Manchester between 1854 and 1898.

William Howitt (1792-1879) was a Nottingham chemist, poet and author. He published books on Germany and Australia having spent time in both countries. He and his family established themselves in Rome, Italy after 1870.

Mary Howitt (1799-1888), wife of William Howitt, was an author in her own right but collaborated with her husband in several publications.
Custodial HistoryThe Collection was presented to the University of Nottingham Library in 1960 by a relation of the Sutton family.
DescriptionThe Collection consists of three sections. The first contains letters to William and Eliza Oldham from William and Mary Howitt and their daughter Margaret, written between 1869 and 1889 from Rome and the Austrian Tyrol. They cover chiefly current affairs and domestic issues.

The second section consists almost entirely of correspondence of a personal nature, to Henry Septimus Sutton and his second wife, Mary, written between 1845 and 1908, from literary and artistic friends including George MacDonald, Francis Power Cobbe and Christina G. Rossetti.

The third section consists chiefly of newspaper cuttings, photographs and printed and autograph poems by a number of authors.
MgtGroupLiterary and cultural records
Family and estate collections
MgtSubGroupLiterary Correspondence
ArrangementThe Collection is split into three sections: letters from the Howitts; letters to Sutton; and miscellaneous material. Each section is arranged chronologically.
TermEnglish poetry - 19th century
English literature - 19th century
FindingAidsCopyright in all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

In the Reading Room, King's Meadow Campus: Typescript Catalogue, 41 pp

At the National Register of Archives, The National Archives, Kew: Typescript Catalogue, 41 pp

Online: Catalogue accessible from the website of Manuscripts and Special Collections, Manuscripts Online Catalogue.
Access to the old typescript catalogue was also made available online during the national Access to Archives (A2A) project in 2000-2004. This catalogue is now available through Discovery, hosted by The National Archives ( The version on our own Manuscripts Online Catalogue will be more up to date.
ReprodnNotePhotocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialPapers of Mary Howitt (1799-1888) (Ht)
A substantial collection of published works by William and Mary Howitt forms part of the reserved stock in the Department's East Midlands Collection. Individual titles can be identified through the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch (

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CodePersonNameDates of Existence
NA58Oldham; William (fl 1869-1899)fl 1869-1899
NA59Oldham; Eliza (fl 1869-1899); Mrs; née Sutton wife of William Oldhamfl 1869-1899
NA60Sutton; Henry Septimus (1825-1901); author and poet1825-1901
NA61Sutton; Mary (fl 1855-1908); Mrs; née Ewen; wife of Henry Septimus Suttonfl 1855-1908
NA62MacDonald; George (1824-1905); poet and novelist1824-1905
NA63Cobbe; Frances Power (1822-1904); Miss; philanthropist and religious writer1822-1904
NA64Rossetti; Christina G. (1830-1894); poet sister of Dante Gabriel Rossetti1830-1894
NA65Howitt; William (1792-1879); writer1792-1879
NA66Howitt; Mary (1799-1888); née Botham; writer1799-1888
NA60Sutton; Henry Septimus (1825-1901); author and poet1825-1901
NA58Oldham; William (fl 1869-1899)fl 1869-1899
NA59Oldham; Eliza (fl 1869-1899); Mrs; née Sutton wife of William Oldhamfl 1869-1899
NA61Sutton; Mary (fl 1855-1908); Mrs; née Ewen; wife of Henry Septimus Suttonfl 1855-1908
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