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  1. Joseph, Samuel.
    [Letter] 1821 December 21 [to] Thomas Allan / Samuel Joseph.
    Samuel writes to express his thanks at the "very handsome and flattering manner" in which Allan has been pleased to speak of him in his journal. He states that it is only one of ten thousand instances of your friendship; he states that "it will always be my ambition (as well as my happiness) to merit so far as my abilities will allow me, the very honorable rank which you have bestowed upon me as an artist."
  2. Kean, Charles John, 1811?-1868.
    [Letter] 1846 May 5, St. Louis [to] L.J. Cist, Cincinnati / Charles Kean.
    Kean declares that he is glad to be able to oblige the recipient with the autograph of Mrs. Kean and wishes he could add his late father's as well, but the few remaining documents in his hand are family papers. Kean also discusses the difficulties involved with a professional visit to Cincinnati. An actor and a producer, Charles Kean was the son of famed actor Edmund Kean, a London street urchin who rose to fame for his portrayals of Shakespearean villains like Shylock and Richard III; like his father, Charles acted in Shakespeare revivals. Charles' wife, Ellen Tree (1806-80) was also a well-known actress and assisted him in his management of the Princess's Theatre. Charles' attention to historical accuracy and scenery led to his selection as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1857; he was also honored as the director of the Windsor Castle theatricals in 1848. Cist, a poet from Cincinnati, had a great collection of autographs.
  3. Kemble, John Philip, 1757-1823.
    [Letter] [c. 1798] [to] Mr. Taylor / John Philip Kemble.
    Kemble leaves the parcel to Taylor's care and "believe[s] that my memory is going off along with my other faculties," apologizing for not being able to keep an appointment with Taylor to call on Heriot. An actor and a theatrical manager, Kemble was noted for his classical approach to acting, in distinction to fellow Shakespearean Edmund Kean (see a letter in the collection from his actor son Charles Kean). In his theaters in Drury Lane and Covent Garden, Kemble attempted accuracy and attention to historically correct costumes and props.
  4. Layard, Austen Henry, Sir, 1817-1894.
    [Letter] [18]55 July 14 / A.H. Layard.
    Layard regrets to decline the offer to purchase impressions of his portrait as he has no need for them. A note at the bottom of the recto states that the letter was misdirected and returned to Layard. A politician, archeologist, and writer, Layard began his career traveling to Ceylon in 1839 with a commission from the Royal Geographic Society to write about the terrain. After this experience, he journeyed to Turkey and excavated in Mosul, uncovering three palaces; his excavations later included the site of Ninevah and he uncovered an ancient cuneiform library. In 1852 he was elected to Parliament and later became a trustee of the National Gallery in 1866 and then ambassador to Madrid (1869) and Turkey (1877).
  5. Linton, W. J. (William James), 1812-1897.
    [Letter] 1896 February 28, New Haven, Connecticut [to] Professor W.H. Chandler / W.J. Linton.
    Linton reminds Chandler that he agreed to take Linton's book of poems, pointing out that Chandler did not stipulate whether they would be for his use or for Lehigh University's. Either way, Linton says he will send them. A literary historian, wood-engraver, poet, and political reformer, Linton began his career producing engravings for London periodicals like The Illustrated London News and marrying the novelist Eliza Lynn. Relocating to America in the 1860s, Linton produced engravings for American periodicals like Scribner's and taught his craft. In the late 1870s he established Appledore Press in New Haven and began publishing limited editions including his own Love Lore (1887) which a pencil note on the verso indicates is the volume referred to in this letter. Among his many works are a biography of Whittier and a review: Darwin's Probabilities (1896); both Whittier and Darwin are represented in the collection as well.
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