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Charles Lamb Letter

A description of the item at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: [Summit record]
Date: 1993

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.

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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Subject Headings


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


Authors, English.

Genres and Forms

Letters (correspondence)



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.

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