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  1. Byron, George Gordon Byron, Baron, 1788-1824; Byron, Anne Isabella Milbanke Byron, Baroness, 1792-1860.
    [Letter] 1823 22nd, Genoa [to] Douglas Kinnaird/ Byron.
    Byron encloses a letter from Mr. Deardon and his answer "which I trust you will approve," and requests that Kinnaird forward it to the proper address. He mentions the Congress which may push the effort forward, and asks Kinnaird to leave the letter bearing his seal open. Byron ends by stating that Kinnaird will have had several epistles from him lately. One of the most well-known Romantic poets, Byron is credited for the popularization of the "Byronic hero," a dark, brooding protagonist haunted by a mysterious past. His works include Childe Harold's Pilgrimage which focuses on his travels in the Mediterranean and the East and Don Juan. His wife, Annabella Milbanke, married him in 1815, but left with their daughter Ada in 1816 and obtained a legal separation on the grounds of adultery.
  2. Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925.
    [Letter] 1901 August 31, Northampton, Mass., [to] Sir / G.W. Cable.
    Cable writes to the recipient and states that the lady who wrote the diary about the Vicksburg siege was Mrs. Dora Miller (nee Richards), of English parentage who now lives in New Orleans (but he does not know her exact address). He mentions also that Miller grew up in Santa Cruz, and taught in New Orleans' public schools for many years.
  3. Carleton, Will, 1845-1912.
    [Letter] [1910 May 24], Brooklyn, NY [to] Mr. Brewster / Will Carleton.
    Carleton acknowledges receipt of Brewster's letter and cheque, which he returns, stating that "Literary neighbors ought not to be shoving lucre at each other in payment for their literary-wares." He assures Brewster that he will have all the goods (or evils) mentioned in the "special offer," and promises to "filch" time from duty to look over his books. Carleton's poetry focuses on country life and rural folk. His collections of poetry include Farm Ballads (1873), Farm Legends (1875); after he moved to Boston, he published City Ballads (1885), City Legends (1889). Among these, his best-known poem was the sentimental "Over the Hill to the Poor House." At the time this letter was written, Carleton had moved to Brooklyn, and founded the magazine Every Where (1894).
  4. Clare, John, 1793-1864.
    [Letter with poem manuscripts] [to] [Hessey] / John Clare.
    Clare states that he is enclosing some of his work, but flippantly advises the recipient to think what he pleases of them, and Clare won't be disappointed. Clare declares, "I am this day clear of the world & care for nobody & be d--d if I dont [sic] continue & keep so for my satisfaction as well as others." He surmises Mr. Herbel to be an overseer of a parish who has found out, employing "craneology" [phrenology-- a popular "science" viewed with varying degrees of credulity] that "some poor Brats in his Workhouse to be near a kin to me." It is unclear whether Clare is referring to illegitimate issue from one of his extramarital affairs. He includes two poems: "To +++++" and "On Seeing a Marble Copy of the Venus..." A naturalist, poet, and farm laborer, Clare's 2000+ poems focus on the farm labor, village festivals, and Northamptonshire scenery he knew well. His first collection appeared in 1820, followed by The Village Minstrel (also 1820) and he enjoyed great success for a time, meeting Coleridge and Lamb in London. The financial and domestic responsibility of caring for a large family proved too strenuous and Clare's mental health degraded; he was committed to the Northamptonshire Lunatic Asylum where he remained until his death. A memorial in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey commemorates him.
  5. Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
    [Passport] 1826 May 26, Washington [for] James Fenimore Cooper and family / H[enry]. Clay.
    The passport is written for Cooper and family at the time he served as a Consul at Lyons, France. Henry Clay, the Secretary of State who authorized the passport, served as John Quincy Adam's Secretary of State (1825-29), after which time he served in the Senate; prior to becoming Secretary of State he had served in the House of Representatives where he was several times Speaker of the House. Cooper, the 11th of 12 children born to the man who founded Cooperstown and built Ostego Hall, is remembered for his books of sailing and wilderness adventure, including the Leatherstocking Series featuring Natty Bumppo, the most well-known of which is Last of the Mohicans (1826). In addition to enjoying the life of a country gentleman in New York, Cooper also traveled and wrote extensively in Europe.
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