Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William Lisle Bowles letters, 1827, 1850 MS 167

creator Bowles, William Lisle
Title: William Lisle Bowles letters
Dates: 1827-1850
Identification: MS 167
Quantity: 0.1 Linear Feet (3 letters)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William Lisle Bowles, an English poet and critic, was born September 24, 1762, King’s Sutton, Northamptonshire, England, and died April 7, 1850, Salisbury, Wiltshire. He was educated at Trinity College, Oxford, and became an Anglican priest in 1792. Bowles is noted principally for his Fourteen Sonnets, published in 1789 an later expanded to 27 sonnets and 27 other poems. He also published verse on political and religious topics.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two letters to John Houlton of Farley Castle, Bath. The first letter (January 15, 1827, Bramhill) tells of his impending visit to Houlton in company with Thomas Moore and Lord Lansdowne (the third Marquis) to attend a musical evening. He outlines a suggested programme of songs. In the second letter (January 23, 1827, Bath), he apologizes for his presumption in sending the suggestions; he was unaware that there was a committee for this purpose. Also included is a letter (April 12, 1850) from Arthur Houlton about Bowles, who had just died.


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the William Lisle Bowles letters must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Lisle Bowles letters, 1827, 1850, MS 167, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Brick Row Book Shop, July 1966.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Bowles letters, 1827 and 1850

1 William Lisle Bowles to John Houlton, Bramhill, January 15, 1827
2 William Lisle Bowles to John Houlton, Bath, January 23, 1827
3 Arthur Houlton to unknown, London, April 12, 1850