Richard Bentley fonds [textual record (microform)]
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Richard Bentley fonds [textual record (microform)]
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The material copied appears on microfilm reel A-1411 and consists of: memoranda of agreements between Susanna Moodie and Richard Bentley relating to Life in the Clearings, 1852-1853; Mark Hurdlestone, 1852; and Flora Lyndsay, 1854; as well as a receipt, 1852, for oe50 paid for the copyright of Roughing it in the Bush. Also memoranda of agreements made by Richard Bentley with the Baroness Tautphoeus, 1852, relating to her novel Cyrilla, and with Caroline Harriett Banister, 1854, relating to her novel Angela; letter from Susanna Moodie to Richard Bentley, dated from Belleville, Ontario, . Also a letter regarding the return of a manuscript, 4 April 1865, written to Bentley by [Mrs. Trysine], from "The Cottage", Bucknell, Shropshire. Also included: a Reader's assessment (incomplete) of a manuscript, n.d.; letter, 4 September 1866, from Susanna Moodie to Richard Bentley; and letter, 2 February , from Jane M. Strickland to Richard Bentley enquiring on behalf of Susanna Moodie about a manuscript she had sent him two years before, and about which she had not yet had a reply; Reader's reports, 19 November 1853, on "Mrs. Moodies's New book," and, 23 November 1855, on Geoffrey Moncton, by Mrs. Moodie. Letters from Susanna Moodie to Richard Bentley, written from Belleville, Ontario, 16 April 1852; 3 September 1853; 8 October 1853; 26 February 1854; 8 December 1855; 7 April 1856; and 5 March 1866; as well as some fragmentary notes, n.d.
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Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871 : Publisher. Richard Bentley (1794-1871) was the son of Edward Bentley, who published the "General Evening Post", of which he was part proprietor. He was educated at St. Paul's School, then learned the art and business of printing in the office of his uncle John Nichols, the noted antiquarian, who was for some years editor, printer and publisher of the "Gentleman's Magazine." In 1819, Bentley joined his brother Samuel Bentley (1785-1868), who had established a printing-office in Dorset Street, Salisbury Square, and afterwards in Shoe Lane. Their reputation as printers stood very high. In 1829, Richard Bentley joined in partnership with Henry Colburn, the publisher of fashionable novels, who had recently published the diaries of Evelyn and Pepys. (His brother Samuel joined with a nephew to form the firm of Samuel and John Bentley, Wilson & Fley, at Bangor House, Shoe Lane.) After the retirement of Colburn in 1832, Richard Bentley continued on his own and gathered a group of authors that included the Canadian writers Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865) and Susanna Moodie (1803-1885), as well as such notable English men of letters as Isaac and Benjamin Disraeli, R.H. Barham, and Charles Dickens, who in 1836 became the editor of Bentley's Miscellany, in which Oliver Twist made its first appearance. In 1867, as a result of a severe accident at the Chepstow railway station, Richard Bentley relinquished the management of his business to his son George. He died at Ramsgate on 10 September 1871.
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Additional Manuscripts 46560-46682 contain the records of the publishing house known successivley as Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley (1829-August 1832), Richard Bentley (September 1832-February 1871), and Richard Bentley and Son (February 1821-August 1898). In 1895, Richard Bentley II took over the management from his father George Bentley, son of Richard Bentley I, and the records remained in his hands after the stock and assets of the firm were sold to MacMillan and Co. in 1898. They were presented to the British Museum (now the British Library) by his widow, Lucy Rosamund Bentley, in 1948, through the Friends of the National Libraries. Add. MSS. 59622-59651, which contain further records of the publishing company, as well as papers of various members of the Bentley family, were purchased by the British Library at Sotheby's in 1975., In 1982, the National Archives of Canada purchased a microfilm copy of a number of folios, selected for their connection with Susanna Moodie, from five of the volumes of Bentley Papers in the holdings of the British Library. The reel, A-1411, was accessioned in the Susanna Moodie Collection (MG 29, D 100), to which users should refer for further information.
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