Finding Number (Click this to view full catalogue structure)EM
TitleThe letters of Edward Marsh
Extent74 items
DescriptionA collection of letters from literary figures mainly to Edward Marsh, 1887-1929 but including a number sent to other recipients. The letters predominantly relate to literary themes and issues and include replies from several literary figures to St John Ervine's appeal for contributions towards a tribute to Thomas Hardy in 1921. Notable correspondents include Sir Walter Raleigh (1861-1922), 1913, Sir Hugh Walpole (1884-1941), 1913, Francis Brett Young (1884-1954) 1919 and Robert (Robbie) Ross (1869-1918) 1918.
ArrangementThe correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent
Access ConditionsAccess to all registered researchers
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Access StatusOpen
Administrative HistorySir Edward Howard Marsh, 1872-1953, Knight, Public Servant and Patron of the Arts was educated at Westminster and Trinity College, Cambridge where he took a first class, parts I and II, classical tripos, 1893-1895. He entered the Colonial Office in 1896 and worked for (Sir) Winston Churchill until 1908. He worked for the Board of Trade, 1908-1910; the Home Office, 1910-1911; Admiralty, 1911-1915; Munitions, 1917; War Office, 1919-1921; Colonial Office, 1921-1922; the Treasury, 1924-1929 and the Dominions Office, 1930-1937. He retired in 1937. Marsh corrected proofs of Churchill's literary writings from 'Marlborough' (4 volumes, 1933-1938) onwards, and also 16 works by Somerset Maugham. Marsh began collecting pictures in 1896; acquired the Horne collection in 1904; became a patron of contemporary British painting and literature; edited five volumes of 'Georgian Poetry', 1912-1922; was literary executor of Rupert Brooke, whose collected poems he published in 1918. His translations included La Fontaine's 'Fables' (2 volumes, 1931) and 'Odes of Horace', 1941. He published his reminiscences, 'A Number of People' in 1939, was a trustee of the Tate Gallery, governor of the Old Vic, and chairman of the Contemporary Art Society, 1936-1852. He was made Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1937.
Reference: The Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1992).
AcquisitionThis collection was purchased in 1978.