Barton, Bernard, 1784-1849

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Birth 1784
Death 1849

Biographical notes:

Quaker poet.

From the description of Letter : Woodbridge, to Robert Baldwin, London, 1820 Apr. 18. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28303417

Bernard Barton was born in Carlisle in 1784 and attended a Quaker school in Ipswich, before being apprenticed to a shopkeeper at Halstead in Essex in 1798. In 1806 he moved to Woodbridge in Suffolk and went into business with his brother. Apart from a short time spent in Liverpool following the death of his wife, Barton remained in Woodbridge until his death in 1849. He was a minor poet, the friend of Lamb and Southey, and author of ten volumes of verse and also of a number of hymns

From the guide to the Correspondence and literary manuscripts of Bernard Barton, with related materials, 1818-1848, (GB 206 Leeds University Library)

English Quaker poet.

From the description of The caterpillar's love-less form : poem : Woodbridge, Suffolk : autograph manuscript signed, 1831 June 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270870157

Bernard Barton, the Quaker poet, was born in Carlisle, and apprenticed as a shopkeeper; after trying several occupations, he became a clerk in Alexander's Bank, where he stayed for forty years. Throughout his life he published poetry, which was often popular, but the verses were uneven, and the general consensus is Barton did not work hard at his poetry. His writing did allow him to become friend and correspondent with several important literary figures, including Charles Lamb, Robert Southey, and George Gordon, Lord Byron. His daughter, Lucy, and his sister, Maria Hack, were also writers.

From the description of Bernard Barton letters with poems and engraved portrait, 1836-1838. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 74150132

Bernard Barton, English Quaker poet. Author of many volumes of poetry, including Verses on the Death of P. B. Shelley (1822), he is chiefly remembered as the friend of Charles Lamb.

From the description of Bernard Barton manuscript material : 13 items, ca. 1819-1846 (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 75650200

From the guide to the Bernard Barton manuscript material : 15 items, ca. 1819-1846, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Epithet: Reverend

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000983.0x0002ba

English Quaker Poet.

From the description of Autograph manuscript poem : Woodbridge, to Rev. J. Mitford of Benhall, [18--]. (Princeton University Library). WorldCat record id: 82483860

Bernard Barton (1784-1849), poet, was born in Carlisle on 31 January 1784, the son of quakers. After attending the quaker school at Ipswich, he was apprenticed to a shopkeeper at Halstead, Essex. In 1807 he entered into partnership as a coal and corn merchant at Woodbridge, but abandoned business in 1808, and became a tutor in Liverpool. He returned to Woodbridge in 1809, and was employed thereafter as a banking clerk. Barton published poems, including the collections The convict's appeal (1818) and Household verses (1845), and was intimate with many of the leading literary figures of his day. He died on 19 February 1849.

Barton's principal correspondent in the letters is Elizabeth Cowell, daughter of the Revd John Charlesworth, and wife of the scholar Edward Byles Cowell.

From the guide to the Bernard Barton: Letters and Related Papers, 1834-1848, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)


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