The Eighteenth Century. Electronic edition.
I will tell you a reflection I made in 1766: that it is vexatious even to govern fools: and as vexatious not to have fools enough to govern…
The Letters of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford. Volume 13. To the Rev. William Mason. Letter 2449.
The Eighteenth Century contains 48 volumes of correspondence of important figures in eighteenth century England, all from Oxford University Press.
Addison, Joseph. The Letters of Joseph Addison. Edited by Walter Graham. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1941.
Boswell, James. Letters of James Boswell. Collected and edited by Chauncey Brewster Tinker. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1924.
Burke, Edmund. Letters of Edmund Burke - a selection. Edited with an introduction by Harold J. Laski. London; New York: Oxford University Press, 1922.
Chesterfield, Philip Dormer Stanhope. Lord Chesterfield’s Letters. Edited with an introduction by David Roberts. New York: Oxford University Press (Oxford World’s Classics), 1998.
Cowper, William. The Letters and Prose Writings of William Cowper. Edited by James King and Charles Ryskamp. 5 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1979-1986.
Defoe, Daniel. Letters. Edited by George Harris Healey. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1955.
Fielding, Henry, and Sarah Fielding. The Correspondence of Henry and Sarah Fielding. Edited by Martin C. Battestin and Clive T. Probyn. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Gay, John. The Letters of John Gay. Edited by C. F. Burgess. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966.
Gray, Thomas. Correspondence of Thomas Gray. Edited by Paget Toynbee and Leonard Whibley. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1935. Reprinted with corrections and additions by H. W. Starr, 1971.
Halley, Edmond. Correspondence and papers of Edmond Halley, preceded by an unpublished memoir of his life by one of his contemporaries and the ‘Éloge’ by D’Ortous de Mairan. Arranged and edited by Eugene Fairfield MacPike. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1932.
Jones, William. The Letters of Sir William Jones. Edited by Garland Cannon. 2 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970.
Montagu, Mary (Pierrepont) Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Edited by Robert Halsband. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1965-67.
Richardson, Samuel. Selected Letters of Samuel Richardson. Edited with an introduction by John Carroll. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1964.
Sheridan, Richard. The Letters of Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Edited by Cecil Price. 3 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1966.
Smollett, Tobias. The Letters of Tobias Smollett. Edited by Lewis M. Knapp. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1970.
Steele, Richard. The Correspondence of Richard Steele. Edited by Rae Blanchard. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1968.
Sterne, Laurence. Letters of Laurence Sterne. Edited by Lewis Perry Curtis. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1935 rpt. 1967.
Temple, William Johnston. Diaries of William Johnston Temple, 1780-1796. Edited with a memoir by Lewis Bettany. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929.
Walpole, Horace. The Letters of Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Oxford. Chronologically arranged and edited with notes by Helen Toynbee. 16 vols. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1903-5.
Wanley, Humfrey. Letters of Humfrey Wanley, paleaographer, Anglo-Saxonist, librarian, 1672-1726. With an appendix of documents. Edited by P. L. Heyworth. Oxford: Clarendon Press; Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1989.
Young, Edward. The Correspondence of Edward Young, 1683-1765. Edited by Henry Pettit. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971.
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