Date Published: 1865 to 1883
Binding: No binding
Thomas Hughes was a British lawyer, judge, politician, social reformer and prolific author. His most famous work is the semi-autobiographical novel, Tom Brown’s School Days (1857). A Hughes Scholarship was founded at Oriel College, Oxford. It was a closed award, open only to members, or sons of members, of some co-operative organisations. The first scholar was elected to Oriel in 1884. It was later combined with an award honouring Vansittart Neale.
The collection has 13 item dating from 1865 to 1883, specifically, 8 letters and 5 cartes-de visite (CDV).
8 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS) (one a facsimile):
• ALS addressed Sir, 28 February 1865: “There is no resisting perseverance like yours. I send you this note because I think you justified in your applications, but because I admire persistence. Even in a doubtful cause (not, I hope, in a bad one). I am yours faithfully. Thom. Hughes P.S. When you write for autographs to strangers, you ought at least to send a stamped envelope as the parsons do; this would secure an answer at any rate.”
• ALS to Miss Hill, 16 March 1871, saying that he’ll dine with her and then give a talk afterwards in Walmer St. • ALS addressed Dear Sir, 26 March 1873, thanking his correspondent for the note which he will give to Mr. Plimsoll, he remembers the correspondent perfectly, “Tom Taylor misses his regular work I think but is well & cheery as usual tho’ very grizzly.”
• ALS (a facsimile) to E.H. Coffin Eikes, 2 February 1876, in response to a request for specimens of a sign manual.
• ALS addressed to Mr. Smith, 6 July 1876, written from the Atheneum Club, re an excursion to Cashiobury.
• ALS addressed Dear Litchfield, 4 November 1881, under strict orders not to go by rail or do anything, due tomorrow at the WMC Council.
• ALS addressed Dear Sir, 3 December 1883, apologizes and returns a signed document.
• ALS addressed Dear Jennings, 13 December 1883, regretting that he cannot attend the Old Students supper.
5 cartes de visite (CDV):
• 1 John Watkins Photo,
• 4 Howell, and John & Charles Watkins Photo, n.d. 2 are the same image.
• 2 probably 3, are signed by Hughes.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.