Thanks to a letter from my publisher, The History Press, I was privileged to be allowed access to two manuscripts from the library’s ‘Ashley Collection’ – manuscripts that are normally kept securely locked away and out of bounds to the public, hand written documents by Emily Brontë herself.
Collected by T. J. Wise (b 1859, d. 1937) and purchased from his executors after his death. Mainly 19th century literary manuscripts which have since been divided into Ashley MSS (complete manuscripts) and Ashley A and B series (individual items extracted from books into which they had been inserted by Wise).
T. J. Wise, The Ashley Library. A Catalogue of Printed Books, Manuscripts, and Autograph Letters collected by Thomas James Wise, 11 vols. (London, 1922—1936). Wise's own catalogue of his entire collection of manuscripts (except the B series) and books annotated by hand with Ashley MS numbers.