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Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859.

Charles Ollier letters to Leigh Hunt

1850 July 29 and undated

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F368

Creator: Ollier, Charles, 1788-1859.

Title: Charles Ollier letters to Leigh Hunt

Inclusive Dates: 1850 July 29 and undated

Extent: 2 items (5 p.) ; 18.5 x 22.5 cm.

Abstract: These are two letters from English publisher, writer, and editor Charles Ollier to English essayist and poet Leigh Hunt.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F368, Charles Ollier letters to Leigh Hunt, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

F368: Shelved in SPEC MSS 099 manuscript boxes


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Biographical Note

Publisher, writer, and editor Charles Ollier was born on May 4, 1788 in the parish of St. James, Bath, England.

Ollier moved from Bath to London at the age of fourteen to become a junior clerk at a London banking house. While continuing his work and apprenticeships in the field of banking, Ollier became interested in the London literary, theatrical, and musical scene. In 1810 Ollier wrote his first piece of theatrical criticism for the Examiner, a Liberal newspaper published by poet and essayist Leigh Hunt. Through his friendship with Hunt, Ollier became acquainted with other prominent artists and authors living in London. On May 13, 1814, Ollier married Maria Gattie (1786–1878). The couple would go on to have six children. In 1817 Ollier entered into business with his younger brother James as a publisher, bookseller, stationer, and manager of a circulating library. Ollier's earlier introductions to individuals in the London literary scene via Leigh Hunt helped the brothers to publish the first two books bearing the C. and J. Ollier imprint. These works, John Keats's Poems and Percy B. Shelley's Proposal for Putting Reform to the Vote throughout the Kingdom , were published in March of 1817, and marked the beginning of Ollier's influence as a publisher. The brother's business went bankrupt during the winter of 1822–1823 and Ollier was forced to cease publishing. From 1825 until 1839 Ollier worked as a reader and advisor for other publishing firms, until, in 1846, he began publishing again under his own name. Unfortunately, this second publishing endeavor would fail just three years later, in January of 1849. Though Ollier struggled to achieve financial success with his publishing efforts, his work was nevertheless highly influential. In addition to his career as a publisher, Ollier also wrote and published a number of his own works. Ollier died June 5, 1859 as a result of a long-time respiratory illness.


Robinson, Charles E. "Ollier, Charles (1788–1859)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004. Available online at (accessed January 27, 2009).

Scope and Content Note

Includes two letters from English publisher, writer, and editor Charles Ollier to English essayist and poet Leigh Hunt. The letters are signed by Charles Ollier.

Selected Search Terms

Personal Names
Hunt, Leigh, 1784-1859.
Topical Terms
Authors, English--19th century--Sources.
Poets, English--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

Charles Ollier letter, Old Brompton, to Leigh Hunt, 1850 July 29   [Box 21 F368]

1 item (2 p. on 1 leaf)

Autograph letter signed.

Charles Ollier letter, Southampton St. Strand, to Leigh Hunt, undated   [Box 21 F368]

1 item (3 p. on 1 leaf)

Autograph letter signed.