This part of the site presents historical materials and commentary on the following themes:

  • Authors and Friends – Samuel Richardson, author, to Andrew Millar, on the death of the Millars’ son.
  • Negotiating Publishing – Millar’s business dealings with the poet Allan Ramsay, and the philosopher-historian David Hume.  
  • Partners and Booksellers – Millar’s business dealings with bookselling associates Thomas Becket and Thomas Cadell.
  • Politics of Printing – Millar’s early correspondence on the Malt Tax Riots with the minister and historian Robert Wodrow.
  • Social Milieu – Millar’s exchange of news with the diplomat Andrew Mitchell.

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Our thanks to the Bodleian Library for the use of the image in our banner: "William Green Jr. (fl. 1732–1752), Scene at an Oxford Book Auction, oil on canvas, 1747; Bodleian Library. Portrait LP.701, 1F.”