the Bunting manuscripts: letters etc.
MS35 is a box of letters written to Edward Bunting by various correspondents, including Dr. James MacDonnell, who was closely involved with the project from the start and was an organiser of the 1792 meeting. James MacDonell supplied Bunting with some of the information used in the published books, as well as other information collected from the old harpers. There are also letters here from other people as well, including Skarratt who engraved the plates for the 1840 printed book, and other people sending information or asking questions. There are a few letters from Patrick Lynch, where he discusses his tour collecting songs for Bunting. A number of these letters were partially transcribed by Charlotte Milligan Fox for her 1911 book Annals of the Irish harpers
MS46 & MS14
MS46 is The Memoirs of Arthur O’Neill, which he dictated to Tom Hughes, a secretary. MS14 is a second revised version of The Memoirs with many additions and alterations dictated by O’Neill.
ms12, and ms37
ms12 and ms37 both contain sections related to the Irish harp terms that were printed in the 1840 book.
Other manuscripts and items in the collection
There are various other things in the Bunting Manuscripts collection at Queens. MS19 is a tune book that was compiled by Mary McCracken. MS33(6) has piano arrangements of two Irish tunes writen by Bunting alongside continental piano music. MS36 is loose sheets with English song words written by various contributors. MS37 is a collection of ephemera, pamphlets, photographs, contents lists of the printed books, etc. MS39 is a portrait of Bunting.
There are also printed books and journals in the collection that belonged to Bunting. They are listed with MS numbers: 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 22, 23, 31, 38, 40