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              [newspaper clipping]
  DEATH OF A LITERARY CELEBRITY.�William H. Levison
died early yesterday morning, at his residence, 132
Bleecker street.   Mr. Levison was born in the State
of New Jersey, and early adopted the stage as a profession,
but an affection of the spine compelled him to relinquish
it when he was already recognized as one of our leading
comedians   He then devoted himself to literature, and 
his �Julius Caesar Hannibal Lectures� became almost as
well known in Europe as through the length and breadth
of the States.  He was one of the originators of Negro
entertainments, and his verdict was always received as
final by other darkey professors.  Some years since he
became the proprieter of the New York Picayune, the
most successful of American comic papers.  It can
be said of him that he never made his wit the vehicle, in
one single instance of any thought which could bring a
blush on the cheek of innocence, and his �Sermons�
contain a wholesome and humorous philosophy, clothed
on racy and genial humor.  His heart and hand were
ever open to the young aspirant for literary honors,
and many an eye will be moist on hearing the sad news
of his death.  About a fortnight since Mr Levison lost
an only child, a young girl of ten years of age.  This
produced such an effect upon him that he did not leave
his house afterwards.  The illness which carried him off
was Bright�s disease of the kidneys, accelerated by
grief.  He was only thirty four years of age, and leaves
a young widow to mourn his early and unexpected
death.

[handwritten by Gunn]
Written by Edge.               
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