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William Hazlitt holograph note of subscription to Mr. Saunder's Library


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English literary and social critic William Hazlitt was born April 10, 1778, in Maidstone, Kent.

Best known for his essays on a wide range of topics, William Hazlitt also studied painting, and in 1803, painted portraits of Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth.

Hazlitt’s published work consisted chiefly of essays and speeches, including

An Essay of the Principles of Human Action (1805), Free Thoughts on Public Affairs (1806), Reply to the Essay on Population (1807), and an anthology of parliamentary speeches in 1807.

In 1812, Hazlitt gave a series of lectures at the Russell Institute in London. In the same year, he became the parliamentary correspondent for the

Morning Chronicle on the recommendation of his friend Charles Lamb. Between 1813 and 1830, Hazlitt wrote for a variety of periodicals including The Examiner, Champion, Edinburgh Review, and London Magazine.

By 1826, William Hazlitt began writing

The Life of Napoleon Buonaparte, which he completed in 1830. On September 18, 1830, William Hazlitt died.

"William Hazlitt." Encyclopedia of World Biography. Gale Biography In Context. (accessed March 2012).

Nineteenth-century English critic William Hazlitt wrote this request for a subscription to Mr. Saunder's circulating library from his home in Piccadilly, London.

In addition to ordering a quarter year subscription, Mr. Hazlitt requested the first volume of "Sully's Memoirs (English)" and a copy of "Miss Baillie's Plays." Although undated, the address on the note is 10 Down Street, Piccadilly, which was Hazlitt's London address from 1824 until his death in 1830.

Box 63, F0915: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, January 2012.

Processed and encoded by Anita Wellner, March 2012. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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2012 March 8
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William Hazlitt holograph note of subscription to Mr. Saunder's Library, circa 1824-1830.
Box 63 Folder F0915
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