Finding-Aid for the Roden Noel Papers (MSS090)


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Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Lady F. Jocelyn notebook 1848

Pencil and watercolor sketches album

Reproductions of paintings and family photographs 1888

Philosophical Essays, &c. &c. By the Honble Roden Noel 1893-1900

Diary of a Tour in the East, 1858-9 1858-1859

Passport 1863

Conrad Noel's notes

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Noel, Roden,1834-1894, British author,
Title: Roden Noel Papers
Identification: MSS090

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Biographical Note

Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel, also known as Noël (27 August 1834 - 26 May 1894), was an English poet. The son of Charles Noel, Lord Barham, afterwards 1st Earl of Gainsborough, he was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained his M.A. in 1858. He then spent two years travelling in the East. In 1863, he married Alice de Broë, daughter of the director of the Ottoman Bank in Beirut. Their third child, Eric, who died aged five, is commemorated in Roden Noel's best-known book of verse, A Little Child's Monument (1881).

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Scope and Contents Note

The Roden Noel Papers consists of a collection of autograph material by Noel, his mother, and his son.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open.

Use Restriction

None

Users of the collections must read and abide by the Rules for the use of manuscript collection materials.

Users of the collections who wish to use items from this collection, in whole or in part, in any form of publication (as defined in the form) must sign and submit to the Washington University Department of Special Collections a hard copy of the Notification of intent publish manuscript collection materials form.

All publication not covered by fair use restricted to those who have permission of the copyright holder.

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Administrative Information

Source

Purchase, accession 1391.

Processed by Washington University Department Special Collections Staff

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Lady F. Jocelyn notebook, 1848 (1 item)

A notebook, 8vo, with the signature "Lady F. Jocelyn" (Roden Noel's mother) and the title in her hand: "Selections and Memoranda." The book contains transcripts by Lady Jocelyn of favourite poems, and a few verses which appear to be her own original compositions. Also included is a poem, wholly in the author's autograph, entitled "Spring & Summer autumn and winter" (7 pp) "By Roden Noel - revised by the author - April 1848" (when he was fourteen). Loosely inserted are 2 leaves of brief notes, also by Noel, but in a more mature hand.

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Pencil and watercolor sketches album, (1 item)

A album, oblong 8vo, containing original sketches in pencil and in watercolor. Most of these studies appear to be by Roden Noel's mother, but one is signed "E. Noel."

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Reproductions of paintings and family photographs, 1888 (1 item)

Album, small 4to, decorated leather. Loosely inserted are numerous photographic reproductions of old master paintings, a small collection of press cuttings, a photograph of Roden Noel, signed by the subject, a proof for the frontispiece to Noel's book "A Modern Faust" (1888), two small watercolour paintings, etc. The pages of the album exhibit for the most part photographs of a family nature - studies of Roden Noel, his wife Alice, their daughter, members of the related de Broë, Buxton and Gainsborough families, family groups, views of and around Tollymore Park, "Seat of the Earl of Roden," a signed photograph of Walt Whitman, and various holiday views.

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Philosophical Essays, &c. &c. By the Honble Roden Noel, 1893-1900 (1 item)

A notebook, sm. 4to, entitled in ms. "Philosophical Essays, &c, &c. By the Honble Roden Noel." This substantial collection of cuttings was amassed by the poetess Emily Hickey, and bears her autograph signature on the fly0lead. The essays, most of them of considerable length, have been neatly mounted in double column, and amount to c. 40 pp. Amongst the essays are book reviews by Noel, including studies of Eleanor Hamilton king, Sydney Dobell and John Addington Symonds, and a cutting of two letters, one from Robert Buchanan and one from Noel ("The Daily Chronicle" November, 1893) referring to Richard Le Gallienne's recently published "Religion of a Literary Man." Further essays and reviews are loosely inserted. Also inserted, is an autograph letter, signed, from Robert Buchanan to a Mrs. MacAnally of Brighton, 4pp. 8vo, dated March 26, [1900], thanking her "for the beautiful flowers" and her "tender words." In this pathetic and revealing letter her discusses his illness - "the wretchedest of all diseases - that from which dear Roden suffered" - but writes of his resignation in the face of approaching death. He refers to "my beloved Harriett" and he adds, "I shall hope, in my 'Autobiography' on which I am now working, to say something of Roden's poetry - praise which would have made him happy while he was living." Together with two typed letters, signed, from "my beloved Harriet" to the same recipient: - "Poor Robert, I am afraid will never be himself again...he is just worn to a shadow," and discussing domestic arrangements in the Buchanan household. Robert Buchanan died in 1901.

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Diary of a Tour in the East, 1858-9, 1858-1859 (1 item)

A notebook, 8vo, containing Roden Noel's autograph manuscript of a "Diary of a Tour in the East, 1858-9." This volume of approximately 260 closely written pages, tells the story, in diary and narrative form, of the "Grand Tour" undertaken by Noel after gaining his degree at Cambridge. John Addington, Symonds, in his introduction to a selection of Noel's poetry in A.H. Miles' "the Poets and Poetry of the Century" stresses the significance of this experience for Noel: "He spent two years alone in the East, visiting Egypt, Nubia, The Holy Land, Palmy then Lebanon, Greece, Turkey. In the course of these travels he met with many wild adventures, formed many curious intimacies, and suffered frequently from fever, which seriously affected his health. It was while lying dangerously ill at Beirut that he made the acquaintance of a family with whom he was afterward connected by marriage. [He married Alice de Broë in 1863].

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Passport, 1863 (1 item)

Passport, issued in 1863 for "The Honorable Roden Noel (British Subject accompanied by his wife, travelling on the Continent with a maid servant," bearing various visa stamps and signed by Noel. Preserved in a contemporary leather case, stamped with the bearer's name.

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Conrad Noel's notes, (2 items)

Two notebooks, each of approximately 200 pp., containing Roden Noel's son's (Conrad) autograph notes for lectures on "Tennyson 'The Nature of Comedy'" and "Robert Buchanan." Loosely inserted are various cuttings, additional notes, etc.

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