Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William Black essays, undated MS 298

creator Black, William
Title: William Black essays
Dates: undated, but circa 1870
Abstract: The papers consist of three handwritten short essays by Black, each pasted into a bound volume: “The Borderland of Dreams," “Metropolitan Conveyances” and “My Lady Jemimah…”.
Identification: MS 298
Quantity: 0.25 Linear Feet (3 folders)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

British novelist William Black (1841-1898) was born in Glasgow. He was first employed as a journalist in Glasgow and later in London, and became a war correspondent during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866. He subsequently gave up journalism for a career as an author, chiefly of novels.

Scope and Contents

The papers consist of three handwritten short essays, eacah pasted into a bound in full tan calf folio volume: “The Borderland of Dreams” is “a scientific dissertation on the faculty of sleep and the art of going to sleep”; “Metropolitan Conveyances” discusses and criticizes “the Underground Railway and other Metropolitan conveyances” comparing them with “similar institutions in other cities of Europe”; “My Lady Jemimah…” is the story of the courtship and marriage of Lady Jemimah, daughter of Lord Sandwich, and Philip Carteret, son of Sir George Carteret, “reconstructed from sundry notes in the Diary of Samuel Pepys who was apparently largely instrumental in arranging the marriage.”


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Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the William Black essays must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Black essays, undated, MS 298, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Leopold L. Meyer, September 1970.

Detailed Description of the Collection

William Black essays, undated

1 “The Borderland of Dreams”
2 “Metropolitan Conveyances”
3 “My Lady Jemimah…”