Smith, James, 1775-1839

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English author and humourist.

From the description of Autograph note signed : [London], to Edward Du Bois, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664472

Author and clerk James Smith was born in London, and educated at home and at various private schools. He started as a clerk and eventually succeeded his father as Assistant to the Ordnance Solicitor. Although diligent in his work, his real interests were literature and the theatre. He wrote for a number of periodicals and theatrical publications, but is best remembered for the twenty-one poetic parodies published as Rejected Addresses, written with his brother, Horace. Published in 1812, the parodies were an immediate success, and remained popular throughout the 19th century. James wrote very little after this signal success, although he continued to be a presence in London literary society.

From the description of James Smith letter and poem, circa 1800? (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70247626

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creatorOf Abell, Lucia Elizabeth Balcombe, d. 1871. The Blessington papers : manuscript albums, 1818-1856 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839. Autograph letter signed James Smith to "My dear Anna" December [?], 1835. Wellesley College
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839. Autograph note signed : [London], to Edward Du Bois, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Autograph album, 1811-1874 and undated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839. Letter to Messrs. Carter and Case. [London, Eng.]. 1806 June 19. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Henry Adams autograph album, 1833-1939. Houghton Library
referencedIn Barton, Bernard, 1784-1849. Bernard Barton manuscript material : 13 items, ca. 1819-1846 New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839,. Autograph letter signed from James Smith, London, to Francis Freeling [manuscript], 1823 October 23 Thursday. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Elliston, R. W. (Robert William), 1774-1831. Autograph letter signed : [London], to James Smith, 1823 Oct. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Alfred, Count D'Orsay mansucript material : 33 items, 1824-1852 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839. Letter. 1836 July 1. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Mathews, Charles, 1776-1835. Letter by Charles Mathews to James Smith, 1775-1839, 1823. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn Bernard Barton manuscript material : 15 items, ca. 1819-1846 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Smith, James, 1775-1839. James Smith letter and poem, circa 1800? Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Poole, John, 1786?-1872. A trip to Paris : as performed by Mr. Mathews at the Theatre Royal English Opera House for 40 nights during the spring of the year 1819 : manuscript, not before 1819. Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1805-1844. Houghton Library
referencedIn Porter, Jane, 1776-1850. Diary of Jane Porter [manuscript], 1801-1803. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Haydon, Benjamin Robert, 1786-1846. Letter : to Mr. James Smith, [before 1832]. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library
referencedIn Shelley's circle correspondence and miscellaneous manuscripts, [ca. 1799-1925] Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
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associatedWith Adams, Henry, 1838-1918 person
associatedWith Aders, Elizabeth, compiler. person
associatedWith Barton, Bernard, 1784-1849. person
associatedWith Du Bois, Edward, 1774-1850, person
associatedWith Elliston, R. W. (Robert William), 1774-1831. person
correspondedWith Freeling, Francis, Sir, 1764-1836 person
associatedWith Haydon, Benjamin Robert, 1786-1846. person
associatedWith Ingoldsby, Thomas, 1788-1845 person
associatedWith Mathews, Charles, 1776-1835. person
associatedWith Orsay, Alfred Guillaume Gabriel, comte d', 1801-1852 person
associatedWith Poole, John, 1786?-1872. person
associatedWith Porter, Jane, 1776-1850. person
associatedWith Stance, Mrs. person
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Male authors, English--19th century--Correspondence


Birth 1775-02-10

Death 1839-12-24





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