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Richard Bentley (1662-1742), classical scholar, was born on 27 January 1662, in Oulton, Yorkshire, the son of Thomas Bentley, by his second wife, Sarah Willie. He attended Wakefield Grammar School, before entering St John's College, Cambridge, in 1676 (B.A., 1680; M.A., 1683). He was made headmaster of Spalding School, Lincolnshire, in 1682, but resigned at the end of the year to become the domestic tutor of James, son of Dr Edward Stillingfleet, dean of St Paul's. He took deacon's orders in 1690, and served as chaplain to the Bishop of Worcester until 1699. He corresponded with Isaac Newton, and expounded Newton's ideas in his Boyle Lectures of 1692. He was Keeper of the Royal Library, 1694-1742, and Master of Trinity College 1700-1742, and was made Fellow of the Royal Society in 1695. Bentley died on 14 July 1742 at Cambridge.

John Evelyn (1620-1706) was born on 31 October 1620 at Wotton, Surrey, the son of Richard Evelyn and Eleanor, daughter of John Standsfield. He was admitted a student at Middle Temple in 1637, and that year became a fellow of Balliol College, Oxford. He was a royalist, and travelled through France and Italy between 1643 and 1647 in order to avoid the disturbances in England. During this time he engaged in a lengthy period of study, developing a great knowledge of classical literature and science. On returning to England he settled at Sayes Court, Deptford, where he pursued gardening. After the Restoration he was a founding member of the Royal Society. In 1692 he appointed Richard Bentley to the Boyle lectureship, and later corresponded with him about Evelyn's Numismata: A discourse of medals (1697). He died on 27 February 1706.

From the guide to the Richard Bentley: Letter to John Evelyn, 1697, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

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creatorOf ARTICLES OF PARTNERSHIP between Richard Bentley I and George Bentley; 13 Jan. 1871. English. Signed and sealed by both parties.George Bentley, of Richard Bentley and Son, publishers: Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Articles of partnership between R. ... British Library
referencedIn Johnsonian Miscellanies, extra-illustrated, 1538-1900 (inclusive);, 1738-1866 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf CORRESPONDENCE of Mrs. Elizabeth Montagu, "Queen of the Blues," 1748-1789, viz.:-(1) Two letters from her husband, Edward Montagu, 2 July 1748 and 21 June 1772. ff. 1, 31;-(2) Forty-two letters to her sister-in-law, Mary Richardson, wife of her broth..., 1748-1789 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXIV (ff. 348). Apr. 1788-Jan.1789.John Reeves, formerly Chief Justice of Newfoundland: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1787-1802.includes:f. i Captain Elliot Salter, RN: Letter to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1788. f. 3 Cheshire:... British Library
creatorOf SUPPLEMENTARY BENTLEY PAPERS. Vol. II. Correspondence with: 1. Alfred Turner. 2. Dean Perowne etc. relating to publication of Thirlwall letters. 3. Mary Rose Godfrey.includes:ff. 1-4, 6-23, 25-34 Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Alfred Turner, of Tu... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXI (ff. 375). Sept.-Nov. 1786.includes:f. 1 Admiral Philip Affleck, glass manufacturer: Letters to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1786-1788. ff. 2, 66 James Macpherson, Translator of Ossian, afterwards Agent for the Nawab of Arcot, and MP for Ca... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LXXX ( ff. 28 ). 31 Dec. 1829 -Jan. 1854. ( including at ff. 27, 28 memoranda by Richard Bentley I, Jan. 1854 ).includes:ff. 27, 28 Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Memoranda by: 1840, 1854., 1829-1854 British Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. CXXI (ff. 268). 23 July, 1787-31 Jan. 1799.includes:ff. 1, 31, 51, 232 Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool: Correspondence with Marquis Cornwallis: 1779-1798.: Copies (except the first). ff. 1, 31, 51, 232 Charles Cornwallis, Viscount Brom... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LIII ( ff. 350 ). 19 Mar. 1833-11 Feb. 1837.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:ff. 1 (signed), 305 Mrs Anne Catherine Monkland, novelist: Agreements and accompt with R. Bentl... British Library
referencedIn Boswell's Life of Johnson : including Boswell's Journal of a tour to the Hebrides and Johnson's Diary of a journey into North Wales, edited by George Birkbeck Hill, extra-illustrated, 1464-1897 (inclusive), 1724-1874 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. XC ( ff. 325 ). June 1829-[ 1837 -1838? ].includes:f. 1 John Galt, novelist: Letter to, and business transactions with H. Colburn and R. Bentley: 1830-1831.: Mostly signed.f. 2 John Galt, novelist: Letter to, and agreement with R. Bentley:... British Library
referencedIn SUPPLEMENTARY BENTLEY PAPERS. Vol. XIV. Photograph album of George Bentley.includes:f. 1 George Bentley, of Richard Bentley and Son, publishers: Photograph of George Bentley: n.d.f. 1v Conder: Photograph: n.d.f. 1v Watts Dunton: Photograph of W... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LIV ( ff. 333 ). 14 Feb. 1837-19 Nov. 1840.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:ff. 1-2 (signed), 3 (draft) Captain Sir John Ross, RN: Agreements with R. Bentley: 1837-1838.ff.... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LVI ( ff. 338 ). 20 Nov. 1846-14 June 1851.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:f. 1 Marguerite Gardiner, alias Margaret; 2nd wife of Charles, Earl of Blessington; author: Agre... British Library
referencedIn Maria Edgeworth collection, 1791-1940 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Vol. CXX (ff. 183). 10 Nov 1781-31 July, 1787.Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1779-1794.includes:f. 1 Montague Cribb, widow of Major R Cribb: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1781. f. ... British Library
referencedIn (IV. ff. 124). Middlesex Sittings, Nov. 1731-May, 1734.includes:f. 4 London, England: Suit relating to lease of Drury Lane Theatre: 1733. f. 19 Hugh Smith, administrator of his brother Samuel Smith: Suit v. Smith: 1733. f. 24 b Walter Ruding: Suit ... British Library
referencedIn Vol. CXV (ff. 137). 19 Nov. 1763-16 Apr. 1765.includes:ff. 1-101b passim Johann Baptist Feronce von Rosencreutz, Envoy Extraordinary of the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel in London: Letters to, from the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1763-1792.: Fr. ff. 1-1... British Library
referencedIn Vol. L (ff. 312). Jan. 1851-Mar. 1852.Sir Henry Ellis, KH; Principal Librarian, British Museum: Correspondence with Sir A. H. Layard: 1849-1852.Sir Austen Henry Layard, GCB; diplomatist and archaeologist: Correspondence with Sir H. Ellis: 1849-1852.... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LIX ( ff. 345 ). 18 Jan. 1864-23 Apr. 1875.includes:f. 1 Mrs F. Cecilia Tubbs, translator: Agreement with R. Bentley: 1864.: Signed.ff. 1-243 passim Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly sign... British Library
referencedIn FOUR DEEDS, ETC., concerning the business relationship between Richard Bentley, bookseller and publisher, of London, and Henry Colburn (his partner 1829-1832); 1830-1836. Presented with Add. MSS. 46560-46682 by the Friends of the National Libraries. British Library
creatorOf Vol. II. ff. 312. 223 x 142mm.Andrews Norton, American writer: Alessandro Manzoni: Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Printed Matter: `I promessi sposi' of Alessandro Manzoni transl. by Andrews Norton and Richard Bentley: 1834: Printed with MS. annotati... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXVI (ff. 366). Jan.-Nov. 1790.includes:f. 1 Lemuel Goodrich, of Leicester: Letter to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1790. f. 2 John Pownall, Commissioner of Excise, etc: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1762-1790. ff. 3, 115, 134,... British Library
referencedIn FOX PAPERS. Vol. XLIII (ff. 161). Miscellaneous letters and papers, viz.:-(1) Copies of correspondence, etc., mostly of C. J. Fox, made for Lord John Russell. ff. 1-104b. (2) Correspondence, etc., of Lord John Russell, chiefly relating to C. J. Fox;..., 1784-1859 British Library
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, A-D. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. XL (ff. 372). 1 Apr. 1793-15 Aug. 1794.includes:f. 1 Joseph de Boffe, bookseller: Letters to the lst Earl of Liverpool, etc.: 1788, 1793. ff. 3, 13, 16, 79, 85, 131, 233-371 passim George Chalmers, Scottish antiquary: Correspondence with the l... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LII ( ff. 342 ). 13 Jan. 1827-14 Mar. 1833.includes:f. 1 George Colman, the younger; dramatist: Agreement with H. Colburn: 1827.: Signed.ff. 1-20 passim, 46 Henry Colburn, publisher: Agreements with authors: 1827-1829.: Mostly signed.f. 3 ... British Library
creatorOf Richard Bentley: Letter to John Evelyn, 1697 Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives
creatorOf BENTLEY PAPERS. Vol. XXIX (ff. 146). 1. ff. 1-56v. Priced copies of printed sale catalogues, including the library of Richard Bentley I, sold 1871; 1842-1871. 2. ff. 57-62v. A List of Miniatures, chiefly Historical, at Upton and A List of the Princip..., 1808-1891 British Library
referencedIn BARRETT COLLECTION. Vol. IX (ff. 350). Letters to Frances d'Arblay from other correspondents, alphabetically arranged; 1772-1835.Frances d' Arblay, née Burney; novelist: Letters to: 1772-1835.includes:ff. 1-11b Ann Agnew, wife of T Agnew: Letters t..., 1772-1835 British Library
referencedIn Letters to Richard Bentley, 1837-1858. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Vol. XXX (ff. 384). Jan.-Aug. 1786.includes:ff. 4, 14 M. Tilson, wife of John Tilson: Correspondence with the lst Earl of Liverpool: 1776-1786. ff. 5, 115, 330 Henry Standish, Deputy Clerk of the Pells in Ireland: Correspondence with the lst Earl of... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LVIII ( ff. 339 ). 30 Sept. 1854-14 Dec. 1863.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:ff. 1, 2, 63, 64, 135, 136, 237 Comte Guglielmo Bruto Icilio Timoleone Libri-Carrucci della S... British Library
referencedIn BENTLEY PAPERS. Vol. CXXII ( ff. 138 ). Legal documents, etc.; 6 Apr. 1833-16 June 1884. Included are the following:-(1) Certificates and a warrant relating to the appointments of heads of the firm as Publishers in Ordinary to King William IV and Q..., 1833-1884 British Library
referencedIn Vol. ccxviil. (ff. 501). General Correspondence 1-24 Mar. 1760.George II of England: Correspondence of the Duke of Newcastle, Sec. of State, etc.: 1727 -1760.: Home and Diplomatic.includes:ff. 3, 31, 86, 491 Richard Rigby, MP: Correspondence with th... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXVII (ff. 338). Dec. 1790-July, 1791.includes:f. 1 Captain Velters Cornewall Berkeley, RN: Letters to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1787, 1790.ff. 3, 231, 259, 284 John Reeves, formerly Chief Justice of Newfoundland: Correspondence with the 1... British Library
referencedIn Poetry mss., 1954-2002 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)http://www.indiana.edu/~liblilly
creatorOf BUSINESS RECORDS OF SAMUEL BENTLEY, PRINTER, 1819-1847 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXXIII (ff. 370). 16 May, 1787-29 Mar. 1788.includes:ff. 2, 328 New Providence, Bahama Islands: Papers rel. to: 1786, 1788. f. 11 William Trevanion Barlow, Vicar of Saltash, county Cornwall: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1786, ... British Library
referencedIn Vol. LXIII B. (ff. 221). 1 Jan. 1835-9 Jan. 1846, n.d.includes:ff. 2, 95 Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Correspondence with H. Colburn, and deeds rel. to their relationship: 1832-1846.f. 4 Charles Knight, author and publisher: Letter to R. B... British Library
referencedIn Vol. CXIX (ff. 221). 4 Sept. 1780-10 Nov. 1781.Hon Henry Seymour-Conway, Field-Marshal 1793: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1767-1795.M-Pierrepont, Secretary to the 1st Earl of Liverpool: Letter-books of the same written by: 1775-178... British Library
referencedIn RICARDI BENTLEII Critica Sacra, sive Bibliorum Hebraicorum emendationes et variæ lectiones. Quarto. [11,358.] Bequeathed by the Rev. Clayton Mordaunt Cracherode, M.A., in 1799. British Library
referencedIn Vol. LVII ( ff. 329 ). 17 June 1851-29 Sept. 1854.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Agreements with authors and others: 1829-1871.: Mostly signed.includes:ff. 1-2 (drafts), 3 (signed) George Routledge, bookseller and publisher: Letter to, and agreem... British Library
referencedIn RICARDI BENTLEII Hexapla, sive Synonyma verborum Hebraicorum in Bibliis Sacris occurrentium, ex versionibus Chaldaica, Syriaca, Vulgata Latina, et Græca Septuaginta interpretum; item ex iis ab Aquila, Symmacho et Theodotione editis. Quarto. [11,357.]... British Library
creatorOf Vol. X (ff. 219). 1815-1873.includes:f. 1 Ralph Churton, biographer: Samuel Bentley, printer: Letter to Samuel Bentley from Ralph Churton: 1815.f. 6 James Northcote, RA: Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Letter to Richard Bentley from James Northco..., 1815-1873 British Library
creatorOf PROBATE COPY OF THE WILL of Richard Bentley I; 28 Jan. 1871. Bentley died on 10 Sept. 1871. Probate 20 Oct. 1871. English.Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Will: 1871. British Library
referencedIn Papers, 1920-1971. Harvard Law School Library, Harvard University.
referencedIn Vol. XXXV (ff. 367). Feb.-Dec. 1789.John Reeves, formerly Chief Justice of Newfoundland: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1787-1802.John Frederick Sackville, 3rd Duke of Dorset: Correspondence with the 1st Earl of Liverpool: 1786-1794.... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XLIX (ff. 418). July, 1849-1850.Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson, 1st Baronet: Correspondence with Sir A. H. Layard: 1845-1891.includes:ff. 5, 14, 142, 167, 292, 327, 353-360 Sir Henry Ellis, KH; Principal Librarian, British Museum: Correspondence... British Library
referencedIn Miscellaneous American calligraphy, 1812-1977. Houghton Library.
creatorOf BENTLEY PAPERS. Vol. XXIV. Diary of tour in Switzerland by Richard Bentley I; 1861. ff. 45. Original binding. 175 x 108mm.Voyages and Travels: Diary of a tour in Switzerland by R. Bentley: 1861.Switzerland: Diary of a tour in Switzerland by R. Bentle..., 1861 British Library
referencedIn Vol. LXXIV. 7 Oct. 1834-2 May 1838.Court of Chancery: Papers rel. to lawsuits involving R. Bentley: 1834-1866.includes:ff. 1-36 Jean Baptiste Baillière, bookseller, of London: Suit v. R. Bentley: 1834.ff. 20, 24 Charles Christopher Pepys, 1st ... British Library
referencedIn Johnsoniana; or, Supplement to Boswell: being anecdotes and sayings of Dr. Johnson, extra-illustrated, 1668-1866 (inclusive);, 1738-1836 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Vol. V. 1829-Nov. 1880.includes:f. 1 Richard Bentley, publisher (I): John S. Gregory: Letter to Richard Bentley from John S. Gregory: 1840.f. 3 Richard Bentley and Son formerly Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley formerly Richard Bentley; publisher... British Library
referencedIn Vol. XCI ( ff. 300 ). 1 Jan. 1839 -27 Dec. 1843.includes:f. 1 Edmund Carrington, contributor to the magazine 'Bentley's Miscellany': Receipted accompt with R. Bentley: 1839.: Signed.ff. 2, 12 (signed) Arthur Crookshank, alias 'Tristram Merrythou... British Library
creatorOf Vol. I. Preface and pp. 1-242 of the 1834 edition. ff. ii+252. 225 x 141mm.Andrews Norton, American writer: Alessandro Manzoni: Richard Bentley, publisher (I): Printed Matter: `I promessi sposi' of Alessandro Manzoni transl. by Andrews Norton and Ric... British Library
creatorOf Vol. XVIII (ff. 266). 1922-1962, n.d.includes:ff. 1-2v Richard Bentley, publisher (II): W. Shipley, of Windsor: Letters to Richard Bentley from W. Shipley: 1919-1922.ff. 3-4 Sir John Murray, KCVO (1926); publisher; d.1928: Richard Bentley, publis..., 1922-1962 British Library
referencedIn Vol. LXXIII A. (ff. 221). 9 May 1823 -30 Dec. 1834.includes:f. 1 William Dawson, of Piccadilly, London: Agreement with H. and S. Dawson, and H. Colburn: 1823.: Signed.f. 1 Stephen Dawson, of Pall Mall, London: Agreement with H. and W. Dawson,... British Library
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associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Croker, John Wilson, 1780-1857 person
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associatedWith Hill, George Birkbeck Norman, 1835-1903 person
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