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Charles Lamb Letter

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834.
Title: Charles Lamb Letter
Inclusive Dates: 1830?
Quantity: 1 folder (SC)
Abstract: Charles Lamb was an English author and critic. Signed holograph note to Mr. Charles Ryle, pasted to verso of the title page of Lamb's "The Essays of Elia" (1867).
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Charles Lamb (1775-1834) was an English author, essayist and critic. He is best known for his "Essays of Elia" and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, written with his sister Mary.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Charles Lamb Letter consists of a signed holograph note from Lamb to Charles Ryle, friend and co-executor of his will. Pasted to the verso of the title page of Lamb's"The Essays of Elia" (1867), the note directs Ryle to make a payment to Mrs. Reynolds, Lamb's schoolmistress, for whom he provided a pension until her death in 1832.

"Wishing Mrs. Ryle and you a merry Christmas, this is to entreat you to call upon Mrs. Reynolds & advance her L3, and tell her I shall see her in two or three weeks. C. Lamb, Christmas Eve.
P.S. Don't eat too much plum pudding tomorrow."

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Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Lamb, Charles, 1775-1834.
Ryle, Charles.


Authors, English.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Charles Lamb Letter
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of George and Lena Arents.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1993
Revision history: 8 Jun 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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SC 120 Letter 24 Dec 1830?

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