Biography and History

Langford was born in 1809, the son of John Langford, a farmer in Wallingford, County of Berks, England. In 1825, Langford began a seven-year stationer's apprentice to James Nesbit, for which his brother paid £250. Later, Langford became the trusted assistant to John Blackwood, the head of William Blackwood and Sons publishing and the editor of Blackwood's Magazine. He died in 1884.

Source: From the finding aid for C0944

  • J. M. Langford Correspondence. 1848-1881 (inclusive).

    Call Number: C0944

    The J. M. Langford Correspondence consists of letters received by J. M. (Joseph Munt) Langford from an assortment of English authors and noblemen, as well as the indenture for Langford's apprenticeship as a stationer. Langford was born in 1809, the son of John Langford, a farmer in Wallingford, County of Berks, England. In 1825, Langford began a seven-year stationer's apprentice to James Nesbit, for which his brother paid £250. Later, Langford became the trusted assistant to John Blackwood, the head of William Blackwood and Sons publishing and the editor of Blackwood's Magazine. He died in 1884.