Roscoe, William, 1753-1831

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William Roscoe was born in 1753 in Liverpool. Although he trained to become an attorney and worked in that capacity for 20 years, his true passion was literature and the arts, particularly the study of Italy. In 1781, Roscoe married Jane Griffies, to whom he was happily married for over 40 years. Their family of seven sons and three daughters was a close and loving one, something that is well-reflected in the correspondence collected here. Beginning when in his teens, Roscoe had published and circulated some poetry that was well-received by the critics, but it was the Life of Lorenzo published in 1796 that earned him his reputation as a writer and historian. This was followed by a Life of Leo X in 1805, which was not as well-received. Roscoe retired from his career in the law soon after the publication of the Life of Lorenzo and dedicated his time to writing and the arts, as well as farming, abolition and politics. In 1816, a bank in which he was a partner failed and Roscoe was forced to sell his home of Allerton Hall as well as his sizeable collections of books, paintings and manuscripts. Though Roscoe continued working as a writer and as an advocate for culture in Liverpool, his family moved often because of financial worries. Jane Griffies Roscoe died in 1824 and Roscoe himself died at 78, in 1831.

From the description of Papers, 1774-1887, undated, (bulk 1774-1833). (University of California, Los Angeles). WorldCat record id: 302283221

William Roscoe, of Liverpool, England, was an historian and author of the children's classic, The Butterfly's ball and The grasshopper's feast.

From the description of William Roscoe letter, 1820. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 34072972

English historian and poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Pall Mall, to Mr. Shepherd, 1801 Feb. 10. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270657542

From the description of Autograph letter signed : to the Earl of Buchan, 1810 Dec. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270657548

Historian, abolitionist and reformer.

From the description of Papers of William Roscoe, 1792-1831. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71068029

English historian and author.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Liverpool, to Il Conte Luigi Bossi in Milan, 1822 Oct. 1. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270657539

From the description of Autograph manuscript unsigned entitled "Stanzas," undated. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270657552

Epithet: of Egerton MS 2567

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001391.0x000390

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William Roscoe was born in 1753 in Liverpool. Although he trained to become an attorney and worked in that capacity for 20 years, his true passion was literature and the arts, particularly the study of Italy. In 1781, Roscoe married Jane Griffies, to whom he was happily married for over 40 years. Their family of seven sons and three daughters was a close and loving one, something that is well-reflected in the correspondence collected here.

Beginning when he was around 16, Roscoe had published and circulated some poetry that was well-received by the critics, but it was the Life of Lorenzo published in 1796 that earned him his reputation as a writer and historian. This was followed by a Life of Leo X in 1805, which was not as well-received. Roscoe retired from his career in the law soon after the publication of the Life of Lorenzo and dedicated his time to writing and the arts, as well as farming, abolition and politics. In 1816, a bank in which he was a partner failed and Roscoe was forced to sell his home of Allerton Hall as well as his sizeable collections of books, paintings and manuscripts.

Though Roscoe continued working as a writer and as an advocate for culture in Liverpool, his family moved often because of financial worries. Jane Griffies Roscoe died in 1824 and Roscoe himself died at 78, in 1831.

From the guide to the William Roscoe Collection, 1774-1887, undated, (University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

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creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Letters to Thomas Jefferson, 1806, 1809, 1819. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Autograph letter signed : Pall Mall, to Mr. Shepherd, 1801 Feb. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Papers of William Roscoe, 1792-1831. Library of Congress
referencedIn Cadell & Davies. Letters of Cadell & Davies, 1769-1832. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Tudor, William, 1779-1830. Papers, 1786-1826. Boston Athenaeum
referencedIn Scafe, Anne. Scrapbook, 1696-1808. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
referencedIn Binns, Thomas. A collection of poems vol. III [Commonplace book]; Liverpool, 1793. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letters to William Roscoe [manuscript] 1806 July 1 and 1820 December 27. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. William Roscoe letter, 1820. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Binns, Thomas. Miscellaneous manuscripts [Commonplace book]; Liverpool, 1797. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Portrait file: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. Letter : Bremhill, to William Jerdan, London, 1825 Feb. 6. University of Chicago Library
creatorOf Roscoe, Jane Griffies. [Commonplace books]. University of California, Los Angeles
referencedIn Lawrence, Mrs. Commonplace book, circa 1808-1820. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Autograph letter signed : Holkham, Norfolk, to John Jones, [1821] Nov. 25. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1775-1831. University of Pennsylvania Library
creatorOf Bradbury, John, 1768-1823. [Letters to William Roscoe, Liverpool] [microform]. University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hamilton Library
referencedIn Extra-illustrated Life of Nollekens, 1708-1875, 1768-1836 Yale Center for British Art
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831,. Autograph letters signed from William Roscoe to Henry Roscoe [manuscript], 1825-1826. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Rear high thy bleak majestic hills ... University of South Carolina, University Libraries
referencedIn Thomas Frognall Dibdin papers, 1798-1836. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Papers, 1774-1887, undated, (bulk 1774-1833). University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Letters, 1792 and 1808. Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
creatorOf Currie, James, 1756-1805. [Correspondence concerning the poem The African written by James Currie and William Roscoe] [microform] / James Currie, Graham Moore, George Duncan. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831,. Autograph letter signed from William Roscoe to Richard Roscoe [manuscript], 1814 June 13. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825,. Autograph letter signed from H. Fuseli, Holborne, London, to William Roscoe [manuscript], [1823?] December 7. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Scientists Collection, 1563-1973 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf William Roscoe Collection, 1774-1887, undated University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Autograph letter signed : Liverpool, to Il Conte Luigi Bossi in Milan, 1822 Oct. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letters : Washington and Monticello, to William Roscoe, Liverpool, 1806 July 1 and 1820 December 27. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Adamson, John, fl. 1827-1838. Letter: 1827 Dec. 29, Newcastle upon Tyne, to David Laing / John Adamson. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
creatorOf Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444. Leonardi de bello italico adversus gothos gesto : manuscript, [between 1450 and 1475]. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Autograph letter signed : to the Earl of Buchan, 1810 Dec. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn National portrait gallery of illustrious and eminent personages of the nineteenth century, extra-illustrated Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
referencedIn Houghton Library printed book provenance file, R-Z, and unidentified. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831,. Letter signed from William Roscoe, Toxteth Park, near Liverpool, to Rammohun Roy, Calcutta [manuscript], 1830 July 29. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Binns, Thomas. Miscellaneous manuscripts, vol. 4 [Commonplace book]; Liverpool, 1799. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf THE Divina Commedia of Dante Alighieri; with interlinear and marginal notes in Latin. Inferno. f. 2;--Purgatorio: " Dantis Aldigherii poete Florentini secundus liber." f. 56 ; -Paradiso: " Dantis Aldigherii poete clarissimi Paradisi liber." f. 104. ... British Library
creatorOf Roscoe, William, 1753-1831. Autograph manuscript unsigned entitled "Stanzas," undated. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. Letter : to William Roscoe, 1825. Harvard University, Houghton Library
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associatedWith Adamson, John, fl. 1827-1838. person
associatedWith Binns, Thomas. person
associatedWith Bossi, Luigi, Conte, 1758-1835, person
associatedWith Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850. person
associatedWith Bradbury, John, 1768-1823. person
associatedWith Bruni, Leonardo, 1369-1444. person
associatedWith Burns, Robert, 1759-1796 person
associatedWith Cadell & Davies corporateBody
associatedWith Cadell & Davies. person
associatedWith Coke, Thomas William, Earl of Leicester, 1752-1842 person
associatedWith Currie, James, 1756-1805. person
associatedWith Dibdin, Thomas Frognall, 1776-1847 person
associatedWith Dunston, Frederick Warburton person
associatedWith Eddowes, Ralph. person
associatedWith Fletcher, Thomas Hodgson, fl. 1830 person
correspondedWith Fuseli, Henry, 1741-1825, person
associatedWith Holkham Library corporateBody
associatedWith Houghton Library. person
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, person
correspondedWith Jerdan, William, 1782-1869 person
associatedWith Jones, John, person
associatedWith Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier, marquis de, 1757-1834. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Mrs. person
associatedWith Liverpool Institution. corporateBody
associatedWith Madden, Frederic, 1801-1873 person
associatedWith Mayer, Joseph, 1803-1886 person
correspondedWith Rammohun Roy, Raja, 1772?-1833 person
associatedWith Ray, Gordon Norton, 1915- person
associatedWith Roscoe, Henry, 1800-1836, person
associatedWith Roscoe, Jane Griffies person
associatedWith Roscoe, Jane Griffies. person
associatedWith Roscoe, Richard person
correspondedWith Roscoe, Richard, insurance broker, fl. 1814 person
associatedWith Roscoe, Robert person
associatedWith Roscoe, Thomas, 1791-1871 person
associatedWith Scafe, Anne. person
associatedWith Shepherd, Mr, person
associatedWith Tudor, William, 1779-1830. person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845 person
associatedWith Weinglass, David H. person
associatedWith Winstanley, Mr. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
England
Liverpool (England)
Subject
Authors, English--18thcentury--Archives
Botany--19th century--Manuscripts
Natural history
Occupation
Abolitionists
Historians
Reformers
Function

Person

Birth 1753-03-08

Death 1831-06-30

Britons

English

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