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Richard Doddridge Blackmore Letters

An inventory of his collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: AM
Date: 1 May 2009

Biographical History

Richard Doddridge Blackmore (1825-1900) was an English poet, novelist and translator. Though he initially trained as a lawyer, Blackmore retired due to poor health and worked instead as an educator, a gardener and a writer. His best known works include Lorna Doone: a romance of Exmoor and The Maid of Sker. A large portion of his work was written under the pseudonym "Melanter."

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard Doddridge Blackmore Letters consists of a two-page holograph letter signed by Blackmore, and a typewritten letter from the publisher Burrows Brothers Company to H. P. McIntosh regarding a signed copy of Blackmore's Fringilla: some tales in verse. Included with this letter is a handwritten enclosure of Blackmore's suggestions for the Fringilla title page.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Access Restrictions:

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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.

Subject Headings


Blackmore, R. D. (Richard Doddridge), 1825-1900.
McIntosh, H. P.
Melanter, 1825-1900.

Corporate Bodies

Burrows Brothers Company.


Poets, English -- 19th century -- Correspondence.


Toddington (Bedfordshire, England).

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Richard Doddridge Blackmore Letters,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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