Milnes, Richard Monckton, Baron Houghton, 1809-1885

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Birth 1809-06-19
Death 1885-08-11
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English

Biographical notes:

Richard Monckton Milnes, first Baron Houghton, English author and politician.

From the guide to the Richard Monckton Milnes manuscript material : 14 items, ca. 1841-1861, (The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.)

Richard Monckton Milnes was the first biographer of the English poet John Keats.

From the description of Letters concerning John Keats, 1794-1958 (inclusive), 1822-1895 (bulk). (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 83565072

From the guide to the Letters concerning John Keats, 1794-1958 (inclusive) 1822-1895 (bulk)., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Poet and politician.

From the description of Letter : to Frederick Oldfield Ward, undated. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28879841

English poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Exeter, to an unidentified bishop [probably Charles Wordsworth, Bishop of St. Andrews], [1881?] Dec. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269535788

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Thomas Carlyle, [1841 July 12]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269536191

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to Mr. Brookfield. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269536182

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Pall Mall, to an unidentified friend in Paris, [1848] Jan. 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269533797

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Mr. Ward, [no year, before 1863]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269527067

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : to J.E. Millais, [1884] Aug. 26-[no year] Nov. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269544541

From the description of Autograph letter signed : House of Lords, to [Emily] Faithfull, [n.d.] May 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269526750

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to Mr. Ward, [no year, after 1863]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269527056

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to an unidentified friend, [no year, before 1863]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269528535

From the description of To Oliver Wendell Holmes. An invitation to England from a brother poet : autograph manuscript of the poem signed : Fryston Hall, Ferrybridge, [1884 Aug.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269555794

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Fryston [Hall], near Wakefield, [no year, after 1863] Jan. 28. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269524914

From the description of To Fanny Ellsler [sic] leaving England for the United States : autograph poem signed : London, 1840 Apr. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269555778

Richard Monckton Milnes, first Baron Houghton (1809-1885) was a British politician, poet, and patron of the arts. He was an MP for Pontefract from 1837 until 1863, when he was made a peer. He wrote a number of books of poetry, including Palm Leaves, but was better known for his patronage of promising young writers than for his own literary talents. He championed poets such as Alfred Tennyson, Algernon Swinburne, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

From the guide to the Richard Monckton Milnes Letter, undated, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

English author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Fryston, to "My dear Darcy", [1876] Mar. 13. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 269524899

Poet.

From the description of Letter of Richard Monckton Milnes, Baron Houghton, no year May 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79454561

British statesman, author, and literary patron.

From the description of Papers, 1854-1940. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20030182

Richard Monckton Milnes was born on June 19, 1809 on his family's country estate. His father, Robert Pemberton Milnes, was a member of the House of Commons. Richard Monkton Milnes entered Trinity College at Cambridge in 1828. While at Trinity, Milnes began lifelong friendships with Tennyson and Thackeray. Milnes followed in his father's footsteps by being active in the House of Commons. He was known for advocating government endowment of the Catholic Church in Ireland. In 1863, Milnes was raised to the peerage, assuming the title Lord Houghton. He died in 1885.

Milnes was active literarily as well as politically. He wrote songs and poetry in addition to writings of a political and more critical nature. Milnes published Palm Leaves, a book of songs and poetry, in 1844. Of a more political nature, Milnes also published a collection of documents pertaining to divorce law and the rights of married women. Milnes also wrote the Life and Letters of John Keats, published in 1867.

William Thomson was the Archbishop of York from 1864 until his death in 1890.

From the description of Richard Monckton Milnes letters to William Thomson, [18--]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122503853

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Subjects:

  • Poets, English
  • Authors and publishers--History--19th century
  • Authors
  • Literature--British
  • Authors, English--19th century--Correspondence
  • Politicians--Great Britain--19th century--Correspondence
  • children's games
  • English poetry--19th century
  • Exhibitions

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  • Biographers
  • Poets

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  • Paris (France) (as recorded)
  • Italy (as recorded)
  • England (as recorded)