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Anna Eliza Bray Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Anna Eliza Bray was an English novelist. In 1818 she married artist Charles Alfred Stothard, who died in 1821. Two years later she married Rev. Edward Atkyns Bray, the vicar of Tavistock. She then started writing, and from 1826 to 1874 she published several works of fiction. However, her most popular novels were those based on the history of the principal families of the counties of Devon and Cornwall where she lived, such as The Borders of the Tamar and Tavy (1836), which were written in the form of letters to her good friend, the poet Robert Southey. Among her other works are Branded, Fritz and Fritz-Ford: a Historical Romance, Good St. Louis and His Times, Trelawney, and The White Hoods: a Historical Romance.

The collection consists of fifteen letters of Anna Eliza Bray. There is one letter to "Mr. Planche" where she discusses her book Fritz and Fritz-Ford, and five letters to Edward Blore discussing her bad health, poor eyesight, and problems she was having with the illustrator for her novel. There are six letters to "Mr. Cunningham" (1846-1851), possibly her publisher, where she discusses additions or revisions to the text of her manuscripts. Included is a lengthy letter sent August 5, 1852, from Tavistock, to "Mr. Balmanno" expressing worries over her own health and that of Mr. Bray, and discussing logistical details for the delivery of a package of engravings by Bray's father-in-law, the English artist Thomas Stothard. Also included is a letter to the post office reformer Sir Francis Freeling, also from Tavistock, dated March 25, 1833, about the difficulties of sending her manuscripts to poet Robert Southey for her book about the history of the area. Southey was in Cumberland and Bray was in Devon, and postage between the two was not only expensive but also very time consuming. She asks Freeling if he would send her manuscripts with his personal mail for free using his "powerful frank."

Arranged by accession number.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Letter to Francis Freeling was purchase in July, 2006.

Letter to Mr. Balmanno was purchase on April 22, 2004.

Letter to Mr. Planche was purchased on July 23, 1970.

Letters to E. Blore was purchase on January 3, 1967.

Letters from Dixon, Stanhope, and Bray to Dixon and Cooke were purchased from David J. Holmes Autographs on December 6, 2006.

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 3, 2006. Finding aid written by Tenley Eakin on August 4, 2006. Folder inventory added by James Clark '14 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

6 ALsS Addressed to "My Dear Sir", 1845 October-1851 September. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

5 ALsS to Edward Blore, Rodney Building, New Kent Road, 1823 November 18-1824 March 15. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS to Planche, 1830 May 31. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS to "Sir", 1840 October 6. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS to [Mr. Balmanno?], "The Vicarage, Tavistock", 1852 August 5. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS to Sir Francis Freeling, Tavistock, Devon, 1833 March 25. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

ALS to Geo. Cooke, 1826 April 20. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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