Collection RC0790 - Thomas and Matthew Arnold collection

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Thomas and Matthew Arnold collection

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  • 1840-1891 (Creation)

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5 letters.
1 note.

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Matthew Arnold, (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. His best-known work is the poem "Dover Beach". He died on 15 April 1888 in Liverpool.

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Thomas Arnold (1795-1841), theologian and historian, was born on 13 June 1795 on the Isle of Wight. Educated at Winchester College and Corpus Christi College, Oxford, he is best known as the headmaster of Rugby School which he turned into one of the best schools in Britain. He was appointed Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford in 1841. He died at Rugby on 12 June 1842.

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There have been two accruals. The first accrual consists of four letters from Matthew Arnold to different correspondents: S. Wordlaw McAll, Rev. Charles Anderson, Blanchard Jerrold, R.C. Trench, Archbishop of Dublin, 1870-1884.The letter to McAll, 18 June 1870, is published in The Letters of Matthew Arnold, edited by Cecil Y. Lang (Charlottesville: U. of Virginia, 1996-2001): Vol. 3, p. 424. Also included in this accrual are: a letter from Thomas Arnold to [Thomas?] Burbridge, 2 December 1840 and a poem ("Persistency of Poetry"), 4 lines, signed by Matthew Arnold and dated 30 December 1884. This accrual also contains a note written 11 February 1891 at Park Hill, Lyndhurst. It appears to be signed "R"; Park Hill was at that time a school established by W. Rawnsley. The second accrual consists of a letter written by Thomas Arnold at Rugby on 20 April 1842, addressed to “Dear Sir”; it concerns the manufacture of a window.

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The collection consists of two accruals. The first accrual (35-2002) was donated by Manfred Dietrich in December 2003. Mr. Dietrich assembled the collection from 1975 to 1978 from John W ilson Autographs and Maggs Brothers. The second accrual (24-2004) was purchased from John Rush Books of Hamilton, Ont. in July 2004.


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Manfred Dietrich's book collection which accompanied the first accrual will be catalogued for Archives and Research Collections.

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