Guide to the Papers of James Romney
|Manuscript Name||Papers of James Romney|
|Manuscript Number||MSS 313|
|Last Updated||February 2006|
|Extent||10 cm (2 boxes)|
|Location||Academy Library, UNSW Canberra|
|Abstract||This collection comprises letters to the Editor and manuscript drafts of plays, poetry and articles written by James Romney whilst serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the East India Service.|
Collection Subject Type
Contains Digitised Content?
Scope and Content
This collection comprises ca. 600 sheets, mostly annotated folio manuscript drafts of plays, poetry, articles and letters written by James Romney whilst serving as a Lieutenant Colonel in the East India Service. Items in this substantial collection date between 1775 to 1802, and regularly refer to the European experience in India. Many of the pieces were written for publication and were addressed to the Editors of local journals.
Date Range of Content
James Romney served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the East India Service and was very close to his brother, artist George Romney. They were both born in the same year (1734), George on 26 December and James probably in January. James Romney served in the Bombay Army from 1779-1804.
Access and Copying Conditions
Access: Open Access
Copying: Copying of material authored by James Romney under section 51 (1) of the Copyright Act (more than 50 years since the death of the author) is approved.
[Manuscript Item], Papers of James Romney, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, MS 313, Box [Number], Folder [Number].
Further papers of James Romney are held by the British Library, in Romney, James (b 1734; fl 1779-1804) Lieutenant Colonel Bombay Army at MS Eur F 198 and MSS Eur F 254. An early portrait of James by his brother George hangs in the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Cumbria and another (painted c 1760-62) forms part of the Yale Center for British Art collection.
Keywords and Tags
English literature -- 18th century -- Manuscripts
Authors, English -- 18th century -- Manuscripts
Annotated manuscript drafts, 1777-1802
'The humbug : a tragi comic farce; or, A sketch; and is merely, a study from nature', begun the 13th of May 1777 on board the Rochford East Indiaman at sea, Latt. 21,00.S Long. 32,00.W., 4 to., 34 pages. (last and first pages torn), together with incomplete notes on the piece, 6 May 1777
'Critique of The rights of man' etc., by Thomas Paine, together with notes, folio: 17 pages
'The speculator : a glance at the present state of things on the western side of the continent of India', also includes music scores for Violino secondo and Allegro conspirito, ca. 50 p. in a misbound folio notebook, 
'The invitation', 4 p. folio
'An occasional prologue', intended to have been spoken previous to the performance of the comedy by Samuel Foote entitled The mayor of Garret : a comedy in two acts (also spelt Garratt), February 1779 at Bombay, folio, various drafts 20 pages
'What's love', folio, six drafts: 18 pages
'Europe in Asia : a comedy', 4 p. folio
To the Bombay herald 'An oriental anecdote', dated Bombay 26th Oct. 1791, 3 p. folio
'The simple Hibernian : a tale after the manner of Peter Pindar Esq.', dated Bombay 1794, 3 p. folio
To Cynthia. 'An ode', folio, various drafts: 45 pages
'The pad, a new song to the tune of A cobbler there was', Bombay, 9th October 1793 and other new song drafts: 52 pages
'One from the East : a comedy in five acts', 32 p. folio (incomplete)
'The young traveller', 27 p. folio. Apparently the beginning of a novel or short story about Henry Jackson, the youngest son of a respectable yeoman in Westmorland.
Poetry drafts: 40 pages
Annotated manuscript drafts, 1775-1802. Difficult to read, unsorted, crossed through, damaged and fragile including a letter to the editor and prose drafts.
Letter to the editor: 2 pages
Draft letters to a 'dear friend' (love interest?): 69 pages
Epilogue by William Page: 4 pages
Pygmalion: 58 pages
To Rebba: 21 pages
Lists: 6 pages
Misc papers 1: 24 pages
Misc papers 2: 31 pages
Misc papers 3: 30 pages
Misc papers 4: 43 pages
Misc papers 5: 43 pages
Misc papers 6: 58 pages
Misc papers 7: 52 pages
Misc Papers 8: 57 pages