Other British Archives
Guildhall MS 6031/3. Lists of Freedoms granted through the Spectacle Makers Company. Hone's entry lists him as an "Ivy Lane Bookseller" and is dated 22 June 1813. In effect, Hone purchased his freedom of the City of London by becoming a member of the Spectacle Makers Company.
Guildhall MS 6027/3. Spectacle-Makers account books.
Guildhall MS 5213/4. Spectacle-Makers minute book.
Guildhall MS 14,592. Scrapbook of Hone materials. Contains:
—engraved portrait by W. J. Edwards (in very good condition)
—letter to James Montgomery, 12 April 1825, requesting information about chimney sweepers
—long letter apparently to Rose Hone, about domestic matters
—letter from Drakard, 2 June 1818, congratulating Hone on acquittals
—clipping from Times, 6 Sept. 1827, describing sale of Hone's library
—brief legal notice from Ellenborough, 26 Nov. 1817.
City of London Record Office (CLRO)
CF1/1441 Freedom of City granted to Hone.
Sessions' Papers Printers' Certificates, Box 2, #221 f. -- Hone's notification of press, quoted in full:
To Thomas Shelton Esq. Clerk of the Peace for the City of London or his deputy.
I William Hone of 45 Ludgate hill in the City of London do hereby declare that I have a printing press and types for printing which I propose to use for printing within No. 45 Ludgate Hill above mentioned and which I require to be entered for that purpose, in pursuance of an act passed in the thirty ninth year of the reign of his Majesty King George the Third entitled "An Act for the more effectual suppression of societies established for seditions and treasonable purposes, and for better preventing treasonable and seditious practices."
Witness my hand this Twenty Seventh day of August One Thousand Eight-Hundred and Nineteen.
[witnessed by] Benjamin Grimston
Wolverhampton Record Office
William Hone DX/75/200. This is a small cache of Hone-related letters, most of little content and consequence, but the writers include Edward Wakefield, Robert Aspland, and Robert Waithman. The archive also has a draft title page for the 1825 volume of the Every-Day Book.
Bath Public Library
A small archive here houses a few manuscript letters as well as an annotated Catalogue of Books, Books of Prints &c. collected for a History of Parody by Mr. William Hone, containing an Extensive and Remarkable Assemblage of Extraordinary Parodies.