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Elizabeth Robinson Montagu papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administration Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Elizabeth Robinson Montagu papers
    Dates: 1688-1800
    Collection Number: mssMO 1-6923
    Creator OR Collector: Montagu, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1720-1800
    Extent: 6,923 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
    The Huntington Library
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2203
    Fax: (626) 449-5720
    Email: manuscripts@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: Papers of Elizabeth Montagu, chiefly letters, with some manuscripts.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.

    Administration Information


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, please go to following web site  .

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining permission rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Elizabeth Robinson Montagu papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Acquisition Information

    Purchased from A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1925.

    Biographical Note

    Elizabeth (Robinson) Montagu, socially prominent "bluestocking," author, and indefatigable correspondent. Her husband Edward Montagu (d. 1775) was a member of the Parliament, prominent Whig and owner of coal mines in Northumberland and estates in Berkshire and Yorkshire. Elizabeth Montagu's home in London was a famous literary salon that attracted Hannah More, Elizabeth Carter, Lord Lyttleton, Horace Walpole, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and others. After the death of her husband, she managed the family estates and collieries.


    The collection is arranged chronologically. It is housed in 117 boxes.

    Scope and Content

    Papers of Elizabeth Montagu, chiefly letters, with some manuscripts. The papers deal with literary affairs, personalities, and gossip, including references to current books and plays; social and everyday life of Elizabeth Montagu at her homes at Sandleford Priory, London, Bath, and Turnbridge Wells; her travels to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sandleford, Spa (1763), Paris (1776), and Scotland (1766 and 1770); current political events, including the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745, the Seven Years War, the coronation of George III, the John Wilkes affair, and the trial of Warren Hastings; coal mines and mining in Northumberland.
    Correspondents include Dorothea Gregory Alison, Margaret Cavendish (Harley) Bentinck, Duchess of Portland; Frances Evelyn Boscawen (Glanville); Anne Donnellan; Elizabeth Charlton Montagu; Matthew Montagu, Edward Montagu; William Pultney, Earl of Bath, Matthew Robinson-Morris, 2nd Baron of Rokeby; Sarah Robinson Scott; Elizabeth Vesey, Gilbert West, and others.


    Cataloger's Notes
    The collection was formed by Matthew Montagu, 4th Baron of Rokeby, nephew of Elizabeth Montagu and executor of her estate. In 1899, the papers passed into the hands of his granddaughter Emily J. Climenson, and upon her death in 1921 to Mr. Reginald Blunt.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Alison, Dorothea Gregory -- Correspondence
    Bath, William Pulteney, Earl of, 1684-1764 -- Correspondence
    Boscawen, Frances Evelyn Glanville -- Corresponence
    Donnellan, Anne -- Correspondence
    George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820 -- Coronation
    Hastings, Warren, 1732-1818
    Montagu, Elizabeth Charton -- Correspondence
    Montagu, Matthew, Baron Rokeby, 1762-1831
    Montagu, Mrs. (Elizabeth), 1720-1800 -- Archives
    Montagu, Edward, 1692-1775 -- Correspondence
    Portland, Margaret Cavendish Holles Harley Bentinck, Duchess of, 1715-1785 -- Correspondence
    Rokeby, Matthew Robinson-Morris, Baron, 1713-1800 -- Correspondence
    Scott, Sarah, 1723-1795 -- Correspondence
    Vesey, Elizabeth Vesey, 1715?-1791 -- Correspondence
    Voltaire, 1694-1778 -- Correspondence
    West, Gilbert, 1703-1756 -- Correspondence
    Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833
    Wilkes, John, 1725-1797


    Grand tours (Education)
    Jacobite Rebellion, 1745-1746 -- Sources
    Literary patrons -- Great Britain
    Salons -- England -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Seven Years' War, 1756-1763 -- Sources
    Women authors, English -- 18th century -- Archives
    Women intellectuals -- Great Britain

    Geographic Areas

    Bath (England) -- Description and travel
    England -- Intellectual life -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- History -- 18th century -- Sources
    Great Britain -- Intellectual life -- 18th century -- Sources
    London (England) -- Intellectual life -- 18th century
    London (England) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
    Newcastle upon Tyne (England) -- Description and travel
    Sandleford Priory (Berkshire, England) -- History -- Sources
    Spa (Belgium) -- Description and travel
    Turnbridge Wells (Kent, England) -- History -- Sources


    Family papers -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Letters (correspondence) -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- 18th century
    Personal papers -- Great Britain -- 18th century