Letter from PHILIP NEVE to JAMES BARRY, written 20 June 1799, at London

Source: MS James Barry Papers and Letters, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale University. Cover: J. Barry Esqr
Castle Street

Philip Neve of Furnival's Inn, London, was a barrister, officer of the peace, antiquarian and coin collector (Carol Barton, '"Ill fare the Hands that Heaved the Stones": John Milton, a Preliminary Thanatography', Milton Studies, 43 (2004), p. 241, note 71); his book Cursory Remarks on Some of the Ancient English Poets, particularly Milton, London, 1789 suggests he shared Barry's admiration for Milton.1 He was involved in a controversy over the exhumation of Milton's body in London in 1790 and wrote A Narrative of the Disinterment of Milton's Coffin, in the Parish-church of St. Giles, Cripplegate, on Wednesday, 4th of August, 1790, London, 1790.

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Mr Neve finds so many anecdotes in the books which Mr Barry was so obliging to send him that if Mr Barry should not immediately want them home Mr N. would be much obliged to him to let him keep them a week or ten days longer, when he will certainly return them.

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