Charles Jefferys

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For the Canadian painter and illustrator, see Charles William Jefferys.

Charles Jefferys (11 January 1807 - 9 June 1865, in London) was an English music publisher and composer of songs.

Jefferys carried on a London music publishing business. In 1854 he won a legal action with Thomas Boosey, respecting copyright in Italian operas, after appeal to the House of Lords.[1] He published A book of beauty for the Queen's boudoir, a Musical Annual (1853, 1854) and seven numbers of Jeffery's Musical Journal in 1864.[2]

He translated Victor Hugo's opera libretto La Esmeralda into English in 1856.[2] He wrote the text for The Gipsy's Vengeance, an English version of Verdi's Il trovatore, performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1856, as well as an English version of Luisa Miller, performed at Sadler's Wells Theatre in 1858.[3]

He wrote the words of several popular songs, including The rose of Allandale, Mary of Argyle, and Jeannett's farewell to Jeannot, and himself composed Rose Atherton, Oh Erin, my country!, and other songs.[4]


  1. ^ Boase, F., Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892-1921, citing Charles Clark, House of Lords Cases, IV.815-996 (1855)
  2. ^ a b Boase, F., Modern English biography, 6 vols, 1892-1921
  3. ^ Morrin, R. M., 'The Censorship of Verdi's Operas in Victorian London', Music & Letters 82:4 (2001), p. 608-9
  4. ^ Brown, J. D. & Stratton, S. S., British musical biography, 1897.

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