Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802

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Thomas Cadell (1742-1802) entered the London book trade in 1758 as an apprentice to Andrew Millar. He entered into partnership with Millar in 1765, and became the sole proprietor in 1767. He was perhaps the leading bookseller in London until his retirement in 1793. He was succeeded by the firm of Cadell & Davies, consisting of his son Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) and William Davies (d. 1820). Cadell Jr. acted as sole proprietor after the death of Davies, and the firm came to a conclusion with his own death in 1836.

From the description of T. (Thomas) Cadell letters from others, 1766-1825. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 612836818

Thomas Cadell (1742-1802) entered the London book trade in 1758 as an apprentice to Andrew Millar. He entered in partnership with Millar in 1765, and became the sole proprietor in 1767. He was perhaps the leading bookseller in London until his retirement in 1793. He was succeeded by the firm of Cadell & Davies, consisting of his son Thomas Cadell (1773-1836) and William Davies (d. 1820). Cadell Jr. acted as sole proprietor after the death of Davies, and the firm came to a conclusion with his own death in 1836.

See the introduction to Theodore Besterman's The Publishing Firm of Cadell & Davies: Select Correspondence and Accounts, 1793-1836 (London: Oxford University, 1938).

From the guide to the Letters from others sent to Thomas Cadell, 1766-1825., (Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Robertson, William, 1721-1793. Autograph letter signed : College of Edinburgh, to Mr. Cadell, bookseller of London, 1786 May 21. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Thomas Cadell, 1784 Jan. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Murphy, Arthur, 1727-1805,. Autograph letter from Arthur Murphy, London, to Thomas Cadell [manuscript], 1798 November 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802. Autograph letter signed : London, to Wm. Hayley, 1793 July 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. ALS, 1777 Dec. 6, Gloucester, England, to Thomas Cadell, London. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Letters from others sent to Thomas Cadell, 1766-1825. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784,. Facsimile of autograph letter signed from Samuel Johnson to Thomas Cadell, March 5, 1781. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Eighteenth-century English Booksellers' papers, 1743-1781. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Donald Hyde and Mary Hyde Eccles Autograph Collection, 1505-1957 (inclusive), 1702-1854 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821. Hester Lynch Piozzi collection, f 1776-1930. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Cadell & Davies. Records of Cadell & Davies, 1697-1858. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802,. Miscellaneous eighteenth-century British papers, 1755-1788. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Macpherson, James, 1736-1796. Autograph letter unsigned to: "[Mr. Thomas Cadell]" Wellesley College
creatorOf Colman, George, 1732-1794. George Colman letter to Mr. Cadell, and engraved portrait, 1784 Feb. 2. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Jones, Joseph, 1727-1805. Papers, 1766-1841, bulk: 1766-1792. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Hurd, Richard, 1720-1808. Autograph letter signed : Hartlebury Castle, to his publisher [Cadell?], 1795 Jan. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821. Hester Lynch Piozzi collection, f 1776-1930. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Porteus, Beilby, 1731-1809. Autograph letter signed : St. Cross [Winchester], to Mr. Cadell, 1783 June 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774. AL : London, to Thomas Cadell, [ca. 1771]. Rosenbach Museum & Library
creatorOf Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. Letter, 1787. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn The Cadell and Davies Papers, 1776-1887 University of Birmingham Information Services, Special Collections Department
referencedIn Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies letters from various authors, 1797-1821. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. Letter, Petworth, to Thomas Cadell, and engraved portrait, 1793 December 16. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784. Samuel Johnson letters, 1731-1784. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Seward, William, 1747-1799. Autograph letter signed : Worcester, to [Mr. Cadell], 1791 Sept. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Autograph letter signed : Bristol, to Mr. Cadell, 1776 Sept. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Anderson, James, 1739-1808. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Thomas Cadell, 1782 Mar. 1. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Samuel Johnson letters, 1731-1784. Houghton Library.
creatorOf Hawkins, John, Sir, 1719-1789. Autograph letter in third person : London, to Thomas Cadell, Saturday, 1785 Feb. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Cadell & Davies. Cadell & Davies records, 1767-1831. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Autograph receipt, signed, 7 Feb. [1781?]. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
referencedIn Warburton, William, 1698-1779,. Autograph letters signed from William Warburton, Gloucester, Newark upon Trent, London and Prior Park, to various people [manuscript], 1738-1772. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Fordyce, James, 1720-1796. Autograph letter in third person : Edgware Road, to [Thomas] Cadell, 1783 Mar. 11. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Colman, George, 1732-1794. Autograph letter signed : Gower St., [London], to Mr. Cadell, bookseller of London, 1787 Aug. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Francklin, Thomas, 1721-1784. Autograph document signed : [n.p.], 1775 Jan. 14. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Cadell, Thomas, 1773-1836. Papers, 1775-1832. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Hawkins, John, Sir, 1719-1789,. Autograph letter from Sir John Hawkins to Mr. Cadell [manuscript], 1788 June 4. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Hester Lynch Piozzi collection, f 1776-1930. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831,. Autograph letter signed from Henry Mackenzie, Edinburgh, to Thomas Cadell, London [manuscript], 1789 March 20. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Papers concerning the Sir Joshua Reynolds estate, 1791-1906 (inclusive), 1791-1799 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn MS 294: Letters & Notes Relating to Josiah Tucker, 1776-1791 Library, St John's College, Oxford
creatorOf Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802. Autograph letter signed : London, 1769 Apr. 6. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Smith, Adam, 1723-1790. Receipt : London, 1782 June 5. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Baretti, Giuseppe Marco Antonio, 1719-1789,. Autograph letter signed from Giuseppe Marco Antonio Baretti, Putney Common, to Mr. Cadell [manuscript], 1781 July 5. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Cadell, T. (Thomas), 1742-1802,. T. (Thomas) Cadell letters from others, 1766-1825. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Creech, William, 1745-1815. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Thomas Cadell, 1784 Nov. 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Jones, William, Sir, 1746-1794. Autograph letter signed : London, to Mr. Cadell, bookseller, 1775 Jan. 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Henry, Robert, 1718-1790. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to T. Cadell, 1783 Jan. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Letter : Adelphi, to Mr. Cadell, Adelphi, 1 May 1793. Yale University, Lewis Walpole Library
creatorOf Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. Autograph letter signed : Gloucester, to Mr. Cadell, 1781 Dec. 10. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Howard, John, 1726?-1790. Autograph receipt signed : [n.p.], to Mr. Cadell, 1785 Apr. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Brooke, Frances, 1724-1789. Autograph letter in the third person : [n.p.] to Thomas Cadell, [no year] Feb. 17. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Smith, Adam, 1723-1790. Autograph letter signed : Edinburgh, to Mr. Cadell, 1786 May 7. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Colman, George, 1732-1794,. Autograph letters signed and unsigned from George Colman to Charles Burney, Thomas Cadell, David Garrick, Dennis O'Bryen, [William Woodfall] and others [manuscript], ca. 1765-1787. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn The life of Samuel Johnson, LL.D. : including a journal of a tour to the Hebrides, extra-illustrated, 1711-1834 (inclusive). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Grant, Archibald, Sir, 3rd Bart., 1731-1796. Autograph letter signed : Monymusk, 1770 Oct. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
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correspondedWith Adams, William, 1706-1789 person
associatedWith Anderson, James, 1739-1808. person
correspondedWith Anstey, Christopher, 1724-1805 person
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associatedWith Boswell, James, 1740-1795 person
associatedWith Brooke, Frances, 1724-1789. person
correspondedWith Brydone, P. (Patrick), 1743-1818 person
correspondedWith Burnett, Thomas? person
associatedWith Burney, Charles, 1726-1814, person
associatedWith Cadell and Davies person
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associatedWith Creech, William, 1745-1815. person
associatedWith Croft, Herbert, Sir, 1751-1816 person
associatedWith Cromek, R. H. (Robert Hartley), 1770-1812 person
correspondedWith Dalrymple, John, Sir, 1726-1810 person
associatedWith Davies, William, d. 1820, person
associatedWith Donald and Mary Hyde Collection of Dr. Samuel Johnson (Houghton Library) corporateBody
associatedWith Edward Gibbon's person
correspondedWith Farmer, Hugh, 1714-1787 person
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associatedWith George Chalmers person
associatedWith Glenbervie, Sylvester Douglas, Baron, 1743-1823 person
associatedWith Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774. person
associatedWith Grant, Archibald, Sir, 3rd Bart., 1731-1796. person
associatedWith Hannah More person
associatedWith Harwood, Edward, 1729-1794 person
correspondedWith Hawkins, John, Sir, 1719-1789, person
associatedWith Hayley, William, 1745-1820, person
associatedWith Henry Hulton, 1733? -1790 person
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associatedWith Hoare's Bank. corporateBody
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correspondedWith Johnson, Samuel, 1709-1784, person
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associatedWith Jones, William, Sir, 1746-1794. person
associatedWith Joshua Reynolds. person
associatedWith Kennicott, Benjamin, 1718-1783 person
associatedWith Lofft, Capel, 1751-1824 person
correspondedWith Mackenzie, Henry, 1745-1831, person
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associatedWith Malone, Edmond, 1741-1812 person
associatedWith Mason, William, 1725-1797 person
associatedWith Metcalfe, Philip, 1735-1818 person
correspondedWith Millar, Andrew, 1707-1768 person
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associatedWith More, Hannah, 1745-1833. person
correspondedWith More, Martha, 1746? -1819 person
associatedWith Mr. Schomberg. person
correspondedWith Murphy, Arthur, 1727-1805, person
associatedWith Nichols, John, 1745-1826 person
associatedWith Piozzi, Hester Lynch, 1741-1821, person
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associatedWith Sheffield, John Holroyd, Earl of, 1735-1821 person
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associatedWith Smith, Charlotte, 1749-1806. person
associatedWith Staunton, George Thomas, Sir, 1781-1859 person
correspondedWith Stewart, Dugald, 1753-1828 person
correspondedWith Strahan, William, 1715-1785 person
correspondedWith Thomas Cadell person
correspondedWith Thomas Cadell Jr. person
associatedWith Tucker, Josiah, 1712-1799. person
correspondedWith Warburton, William, 1698-1779, person
correspondedWith Warton, Joseph, 1722-1800 person
associatedWith William Davies. person
associatedWith William Davies, d. 1820 person
associatedWith William Seward, fl. ca. 1790 person
associatedWith Woodhouselee, Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord, 1747-1813. person
correspondedWith Young, Arthur, 1741-1820 person
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London (England)
England--London
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Publishers and publishing--18th century
Booksellers and bookselling--18th century
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Birth 1742-11

Death 1802-12-27

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