Collections relating to Joseph Addison
Joseph Addison (1672–1719), the politician and man of letters, matriculated from Queen’s in 1687; became a Demy of Magdalen, 1689–97; was elected Probationary-Fellow in 1696; and then became a Fellow, 1697–1711. Copies of some of his writings are held in Magdalen Library.
Addison married in 1716, and had one child, a daughter called Charlotte (1719–1797). On his death in 1719, he was buried in Westminster Abbey. [More detail can be found in Bloxam, vi, pp. 76–97 and P. Smithers, The Life of Joseph Addison (1968).]
No single large collection of Addison papers exists at Magdalen, but some small collections have been given to the College, as follows: