The collection includes “Notices of the Life of Lord Byron by Moore and Remarks on Those Notices by Lady Byron”, part of an article which poet Campbell published in "The New Monthly Magazine," in March or April, 1830 decrying Moore’s biography of Byron and defending Lady Byron in the matter of the couple’s separation. Also included is a signed receipt (1843, “Payment for fourth copy of my Poems”.) and letters to Francis Freeling, J. Richardson, Miller, Engraver at Edinburgh and others. They describe a holiday in the Isle of Wight, in one he writes about postage on his sheets from the printer; in others he discusses his writings. There is also a portrait of Campbell in the collection.
Permission to publish from the Thomas Campbell papers, 1807-1843, MS 140, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Thomas Campbell, a Scottish poet, was born July 27, 1777 in Glasgow. His published volumes include "Pleasures of Hope" in 1799, "Gertrude of Wyoming" in 1809, and Theodric in 1834. He is best known for his war poems, such as "Hohenlinden," "The Battle of the Baltic," and "Ye Mariners of England."
By 1805 he was employed at the Star newspaper. In 1820, he became editor for "The New Monthly Magazine." In 1825, he suggested the London University, playing a large part in its founding, and in 1827 was elected rector of Glasgow University.
Thomas Campbell passed away on June 15, 1844 at Boulogne, and was buried at Westminster Abbey.
The collection includes letters from, portraits, autographs, and a drawing of, a fragment of a poem by, and an article written by Thomas Campbell, as well as biographical information about Campbell and Alfred Tennyson.