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Elizabeth Addey

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Addey, Elizabeth I Elizabeth Addey, 47 Grafton St., Dublin I. Thom's 1849 Dublin directory lists the resident at the Grafton St. address as George Addey, conducting there a "millinery, lace, stay, shirt, & hosiery establishment," his premises being valued at £85. The 1863 directory lists at the address George Addey & Co., "merchant tailors, hosiers, shirt cutters, and clothiers." Elizabeth Addey was presumably the wife or daughter of George Addey. 

Author: Anne Lohrli; © University of Toronto Press, 1971. 

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[?] Addiscott

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Addiscott. Not identified. The writer's contribution ["The One Black Spot", III, 196-201. May 24, 1851] is the story of a sober, honest English labourer, who, through poverty, takes to poaching and is transported; his later conduct redeems his character from its "one black spot." The writer finds the enforcement of the game laws harsh. Payment for the contribution recorded as "Handed by W.H.W."

Author: Anne Lohrli; © University of Toronto Press, 1971. 

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Charles Hamilton Aidé

4/11/1826 — 13/12/1906

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Novelist, playwright, poet and composer; author of numerous light romances, with a clear Gallic influence.

Oxford DNB

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William Allingham

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Allingham, William I Mr. Allingham, Junr., Allingham, W. Allingham l, 1824-1889, poet and man of letters. Born in Ireland of an English family long settled there. Received limited schooling, but educated himself by study and wide reading. For some twenty years served intermittently as customs official in Ireland and England. Contributed to Howitt's Journal, Leigh Hunt's Journal, Athenaeum, Fraser's, and other periodicals. Appointed subeditor of Fraser's, 1870; editor, 1874-79. Published some fifteen volumes of poetry, many containing revised versions of poems earlier published; also edited anthologies of poems. Varieties in Prose, a collection of his prose writings prepared by him for publication shortly before his death, published by his widow, 1893. In 1864 granted Civil List pension of £60 a year "In consideration of the literary merit of his poetical works"; also a second pension, 1870 (Colles, Literature and the Pension List). 

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Andersen, Hans Christian I Andersen l, 1805-1875, Danish author. Poorly educated; according to some of his European contemporaries spoke no language correctly. Achieved first important literary success with his Improvisatoren, 1835; in same year appeared earliest instalment of his fairy tales. From the Continent, his reputation spread to England; hailed there in the mid-1840s as an exciting literary discovery. 

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Anon.

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Professor Thomas David Ansted

5/2/1814 — 13/5/1880

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Sir Robert Arbuthnot

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Arbuthnot, Sir RobertGeneral Sir Robert Arbuthnot l, 1773~1853, military officer. Entered army in 1797 as cornet, 23rd Light Dragoons; captain, 20th Light Dragoons; major-general, 1830; lieut.-general, 1841; colonel, 76th Foot, 1843. Served in Africa, in South America, on the Continent in Peninsular War, in Ceylon, in India. "Few officers have taken part in so many general actions" (D.N.B.). Received numerous military decorations. K.C.B. 1815. 

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Sir Edwin Arnold

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Arnold, Sir Edwin l Ed. Arnold, E. Arnold l, 1832-1904, poet, scholar, journalist. B.A. Oxford, 1854; M.A. 1856. Principal of the Deccan College, Poona, 1856-61. Joined staff of Daily Telegraph as leader writer, 1861; editor, 1873-89. Contributed to Once a Week, Fortnightly, Scribner's, and other periodicals, many of his articles dealing with his life and travels in Japan, India, and elsewhere. Published collections of his periodical articles. Author of The Marquis of Dalhousie's Administration of British India, 1862-65. Published many volumes of poems, original and translated, the most popular being The Light of Asia, 1879. C.S.I. 1877; K.C.I.E. 1888. 

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Arnold, William Delafield I Arnold, W. D. Amold l, 1828-1859, Govt. official in India, writer; fourth son of Dr. Thomas Arnold of Rugby. Educated at Rugby; student at Oxford, 1846. Lieut., 58th Regt. Bengal Native Infantry. Became assistant commissioner in the Punjab; in 1857 appointed director of public education in the Punjab. Died at Gibraltar on his way to England on sick leave. Commemorated in Matthew Arnold's "Stanzas from Carnac" and "A Southern Night." Author of Oakfield; or, Fellowship in the East, 1853, a novel exposing the low moral tone of a certain element in the Indian army; The Palace at Westminster, and Other Historical Sketches, 1855, Published, 1854, translation of L. A. Wiese's German Letters on English Education

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Dr. [?] Athans

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Athans, Dr. The contributor has before him broadsheets of Turkish ballads that had sprung up before and during the Crimean War; he quotes from them at length. His ability to read Turkish and his knowledge of the Near East suggest that he may be Giovanni d' Athanasi, a Greek born about 1798 in Lemnos, who was for a time employed by Ernest Missett, British consul-general in Egypt. Before leaving Egypt in 1816, Missett recommended d' Athanasi "as interpreter in Arabic and Turkish" to Henry Salt, Missett's successor (d'Athanasi, Brief Account of the Researches and Discoveries in Upper Egypt, p. 4). Until Salt's death in 1827, d'Athanasi served as interpreter to Salt's secretary and as Salt's assistant in the excavation and collection of Egyptian antiquities. Salt's letters mention some of the discoveries made by d'Athanasi, whom Salt refers to as "Yanni" (Halls, Life and Correspondence of Henry Salt). Some years later, d'Athanasi went to England to assist Leigh Sotheby in drawing up the sale catalogue of one of Salt's collections. In 1836 he published A Brief Account of the Researches and Discoveries in Upper Egypt, Made under the Direction of Henry Salt, Esq., by Giovanni d' Athanasi. He formed also his own collection of Egyptian antiquities and of Etruscan ornaments.

Author: Anne Lohrli; © University of Toronto Press, 1971. 

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Alfred Austin

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Barrister, journalist, editor of the National Review (1883-1895), Poet Laureate from 1896.

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Esther Bakewell

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Bakewell, Esther I Miss Bakewell I, author of The Book of One Syllable, 1842; Glenwood Manor-House. A Novel, 1857. 

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George Ballentine

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Ballentine, George I Ballantine l. The contributor writes: "I am a Scotchman by birth, but enlisted into the American service." He states that he was some three months in the camp and trenches at Vera Cruz, Mexico, then describes the action of "General Twiggs, with his division, comprising the regiment to which I belonged," against the enemy in the battle of Cerro Gordo. 

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Mrs Isabella Varley Banks

25/3/1821 — 4/5/1897

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Public lecturer, poet and novelist. See ODNB. Married George Linnaeus Banks in 1846; the failure of their newspapers The Windsor Royal and the Evening Exchange precipitated the couple's application to the Royal Literary Fund for support. George Linnaeus Banks was involved for many years with establishing mechanics' institutes in the Midlands and the North; he contributed to the Birmingham Journal, Liverpool Chronicle, Liverpool Mail, Dublin Daily Express and other local newspapers (1845-64). Isabella contributed to Bentley's Miscellany, People's Journal, Howitt's Journal, Eliza Cook's Journal, Hood's Magazine and others (1846-54).

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Browning, Elizabeth (Barrett), 1806-1861, poet. Largely self-educated. Early began writing verse. Before her marriage, 1846, contributed to New Monthly, Literary Gazette, Athenaeum, Graham's Magazine (Philadelphia), and other periodicals; also to annuals. After her marriage contributed less often and to fewer periodicals, mainly to Blackwood's and to New York Independent: "... Robert doesn't like my writing for magazines" (Letters to Her Sister, p. 98). Reprinted many of her periodical contributions, together with previously unpublished material, in The Seraphim, and Other Poems, 1838; in Poems, 1844; and in Poems, 1850; the last named included "Sonnets from the Portuguese." Published also Casa Guidi Windows, 1851; Aurora Leigh, 1857 [1856]; Poems before Congress, 1860. Proposed by Athenaeum as Wordsworth's successor for laureateship. 

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Mrs. J. C. Bateman

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Bateman, Mrs. J. C., prob. I Mrs. Bateman I, novelist. Author of The Netherwoods of Otterpool, 1858; Forgiveness, 1860; and three other novels of love and adventure with a generous element of religious sentiment. 

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Thomas Baylis

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Thomas Beard

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Mrs. [?] Bell

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Bell, Mrs.
I Mrs. Bell, Miss Bell I. Not identified. On April 12, 1854, Dickens wrote to Wills: "Miss – I mean Mrs. – Bell's story very nice. I have sent it to the Printer, and entitled it 'The Green Ring and the Gold Ring [IX, 272-77. May 6, 1854].'" The Office Book assigns the story to Mrs. Bell, as it does also ["The Longest Night in a Life" (lead) IX, 21-25. Feb. 25, 1854]; ["Fallen among Thieves" XIII, 413-17. May 17, 1856] it assigns to "Miss Bell." The three stories (one is stated to be factual) are clearly by the same contributor. All have an atmosphere of mystery and terror. Payment for the first contribution made by post-office order; for the second, by cheque; for the third, in cash. 

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