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  1. Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
    [Letter] 1848 June, Liverpool [to Charles M. Evans] / Charles Dickens.
    Dickens was touring with a group of Amateurs (friends and family members), performing plays in order to raise money for two other friends, Leigh Hunt and Sheridan Muspratt, both of whom were having personal troubles and difficulty in earning a living at the time. Dickens throughout his life enjoyed acting and producing plays and was evidently very good on stage; later in his life he traveled widely (including America), giving dramatic readings of his own works. On 5 June 1848 the Amateurs performed in Liverpool; the next night they were due in Birmingham--leaving Liverpool "not later than halfpast nine that morning and rehearsing "Every Man in his Humour" at "One o'Clock exactly" at the Theatre, Birmingham ready for the performance the same night.

    The handbill was perhaps to the effect that one of the advertised actors, Dickens’ friend, the artist John Leech, was unable to be there (because of the desperate illness of his only child), and giving the names of the professional actor, Henry Scharf, who would take over his part as Master Matthew.

    Charles M. Evans was the Secretary of the Birmingham Polytechnic and had formed a Birmingham Theatricals Committee with himself as Secretary and J.T. Lawrence as Chairman; the performances were given in the Theatre Royal. There was a second performance on 27 June, this time the Amateurs played "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Two o'Clock in the Morning". Both plays were reviewed with enthusiasm in the "Birmingham Journal" on 10 and 28 June 1848.

    Margaret Brown & Angus Easson / Editors, The Letters of Charles Dickens.
  2. Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969.
    [Letter] 1959 July 16, White House, Washington, D.C. [to] Francis E. Walter, Washington, D.C. / Dwight D. Eisenhower.
    Eisenhower states, regarding Walter's letter urging the removal of works of art at the American National Exhibition opening in Moscow, that to "remove works of art in this case would be inappropriate and detrimental." He upholds the choices made by the American art jury, and maintains that "to substitute other judgments in this matter would invite consequences more likely to impair the effectiveness of the Exhibition." A lifelong military man, Eisenhower made his reputation as the Supreme Commander of troops invading France on D-Day, 1944 at the end of World War II. Postwar, he accepted an appointment as President of Columbia University, and then moved on to assume command over NATO forces assembled in 1951. In 1952 he ran for President, an office which he held for two terms (1953-61). During his Presidency he negotiated the dangers of nuclear proliferation during the Cold War. He retired in 1961 to his farm in Gettysburg. Congressman Walter served in World War II and as a Representative from Pennsylvania in the seventy-third and fifteen succeeding Congresses, serving from 1933 until his death May 31, 1963. Walter also acted as chairman of the Committee on Un-American Activities.
  3. Gilbert, W. S. (William Schwenck), 1836-1911.
    [Letter] 1872 July 26, Northampton [to] / William Gilbert.
    Gilbert reports that he has been "anxiously waiting" for the remainder of "Bob Ballads" that he might complete the frontispiece; at present he has only up to page 140. Gilbert lists the items still missing complete with page numbers. He speculates that "Possibly Messrs Routledge have overlooked these 18 & have not forwarded them to you-- although I certainly forwarded them to them." Gilbert is referring here to his collection of comic verse originally published as The Bab Ballads (1869), and later followed by More Bab Ballads (1873) which Gilbert illustrated himself. Gilbert is best remembered for his collaborations with Sir Arthur Sullivan on several comic operas and burlesques like H.M.S. Pinafore (1878) and The Pirates of Penzance (1879).
  4. Hassall, Arthur, 1853-1930.
    [Letter] October 16, Christ Church, Oxford (England) [to J.B.] Bury. / Arthur Hassall.
    Hassall writes to tell Bury about the "many remarkable memorials" of Catherine II, including an excellent portrait, that he has seen at Heron Court. He states that Catherine herself presented the portrait to James Harris, the owner of the estate. Harris was the 1st Earl of Malmesbury, 1746-1820, a diplomat who spent time in Russia during Catherine II's rule (1762-1796). Hassall also says that the current owner of Heron Court was examined by Bury in Oxford, and he is certain that this gentleman could talk to Bury about family memories of Catherine II. Hassall extends his regrets about missing Bury at Oxford, explaining that he could not be there for the Bodleian show. Both Hassall and Bury were historians in late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; Hassall began his career at Christ Church College in Oxford where he edited Periods of European History (1896). Bury started his career in Ireland at Trinity College; he later held a professorship at the University of Cambridge.
  5. Hood, Thomas, 1799-1845.
    [Letter] [c. 1836] [to] Jerdan / Thomas Hood.
    Hood asks Jordan to insert the text at the beginning of the letter in his literary announcements. The text states that Mr. Marshall, publisher of the Pledge of Friendship will discontinue that work in favor of a new annual edited by Thomas Hood, featuring illustrations selected by Mr. Cooper from among the paintings of his fellow Academicians. Hood relates that he has been driven to distraction by rheumatism and dramatism, and discusses his plans to call. He says that Jordan may tell "L.E.L. that now my hands are untied I do not forget my promise to be her Albumazer." "L.E.L." may refer to Letitia Elizabeth Landon, an English poet and novelist, best known for her collections The Fate of Adelaide (1821) and The Troubador (1825), and the mysterious circumstances surrounding her death which occurred two years after this letter was written, only months after marriage to George Maclean, governor of a British post in West Africa. William Jerdan, the editor of the Literary Gazette nurtured her early career, and later published his memoirs of Men I Have Known. Hood was an English poet, editor, and political caricaturist who also addressed social ills such as the plight of overworked seamstresses in his "Song of the Shirt" (1843); he also published periodicals like Hood's Magazine (1844).
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