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[?] Edgeworth

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Edgeworth. Not identified. "At the Siege of Delhi" is an account of the siege, Sept. 1857, told by a participant who served "as a volunteer in the batteries" for some twenty days previous to the assault as well as during the assault itself, and thereafter accompanied the "pursuing force" marched on Sept. 23 "in the direction of Bolundshuhur." He describes the work of the battery unit in breaching the wall near the Cashmere Gate, Sept. 12 and 13, and his execution of the charge assigned to him on Sept. 14 – the taking of certain pieces of ordnance into the city through the Cashmere Gate after the gate had been opened. He speaks of himself as an officer ("dinner [was] none the less welcome to us officers"). There seems no reason to question the authenticity of the account or to take it as other than the writer's actual report of his work during the assault.

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Matilda Barbara Betham Edwards

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Writer. Brought up in a farming family with strong literary traditions. Maternal Grandfather, the Reverend William Betham, was an antiquary, and her aunt, Matilda Betham, was both a writer and a painter. Educated at home and at various schools in Ipswich and London. Also served as a governess for a short period of time. Published her first novel, The White House by the Sea, in 1857. Spent the early 1860s living in Europe and in 1864 published her second novel Doctor Jacob. The same year her father died and she moved home to take on the management of the farm with her sister. In 1865 when her sister died she moved to London, where she supported herself through her writing,  and where she became friends with Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon and George Eliot. Amongst her most popular and critically acclaimed works were Kitty (1869), The Sylvestres (1871), Forestalled (1880), Love and Mirage (1884), Lord of the Harvest (1899), Under the German Ban in Alsace and Lorraine (1914) and Hearts of Alsace (1916). She published widely on agricultural subjects and France, where she had travelled extensively. In 1891 the French governement awarded her the title of Officier de l'instruction publique de France.

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Edwards, Amelia Ann Blandford I Miss Amelia Edwards l, 1831–1892, journalist, novelist, Egyptologist. Educated at home, mainly by her mother. Was talented as musician and artist; for some years studied under a music teacher; gave lessons in music; served as church organist. Turned to writing to earn a livelihood. Contributed to Chambers's, Sharpe's, English Woman's Journal, the Graphic, the Academy, and other periodicals. According to D.N.B., was on staff of Saturday Review and Morning Post. Author of Barbara's History, 1864; Lord Brackenbury, 1880; and six other novels; some went through many editions. Also wrote verse, stories, children's books, histories, travel narratives. Edited two anthologies of poetry. On visit to Egypt in winter of 1873–74, became interested in Egyptology; devoted remainder of her life largely to that interest. Instrumental in founding Egypt Exploration Fund; contributed articles on Egyptological subjects to English and foreign journals. In 1889–90, in the U.S., delivered series of lectures on Egypt. Awarded three honorary degrees by American colleges. A few months before her death, granted Civil List pension of £75 a year "in consideration of her services to literature and archaeology."

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Hugh Hislop Elliot

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Elliot, Hugh Hislop, military officer, India. Entered military service as cornet, 1849, 1st Regt. Light Cavalry Lancers; lieut., 1853 (or 1852); aide-de-camp, 1854–56, to Lord Elphinstone, governor of Bombay; captain, 1860.

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Miss [?] Ellis

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Ellis, Miss. Not identified. "A Confident Prediction" [H.W. II, 465–68. Feb. 8, 1851] is the story of a French officer of Napoleonic times who for three years lives in the belief that his death will occur on the day predicted by a mad monk. Payment made by post-office order.
      Some five English women writers named Ellis published books in the mid-century.

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Miss [?] Erle

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Erle, Miss. Not identified. Perhaps Miss Earle (above). In the Office Book, "Miss Berwick" is recorded as author of "And He Took a Child" [H.W. VII, 229. May 7, 1853]; the "Berwick" is marked out and substituted by "ErIe." Payment for "Dirge" [H.W. VII, 157. April 16, 1853] made by cheque.

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

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[?] Evans

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Evans. Not identified. "The Caitiff Postman" [H.W. XII, 237–38. Oct. 6,1855] is an ironic little tale exposing the heinousness of persons who thwart a baronet's attempt to ruin a lowly postman. Office Book payment notation reads: "pd to Evans."

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

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[?] Evelyn

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Evelyn. Not identified. "A Christian Paynim" [H.W. II, 516. Feb. 22,1851] relates the chivalrous deed of a Muslim warrior fighting against the Christians in Spain. The contributor may be Alexander John Evelyn, author of English Alice, a Poem in Five Cantos, London, 1851, which recounts the machinations of Spanish Inquisitors and the rescue of Alice by English intervention. Payment for the contribution marked "Enclosed."

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

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Fanny Farmer

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Farmer, Miss Fanny. Apparently a verse writer. "The Sky-Lark's Song" by Fanny Farmer appeared in Chambers's, March 20,1852. Payment for the H.W. contribution ["What May Be Ours", H.W. X, 156–57. Sept. 30,1854] made by post-office order.

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

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Fawkner, John Pascoe I Correspondent l, 1792–1869, pioneer settler in Australia. Born in London; received a few years' schooling. His father, sentenced to transportation, permitted to take his family with him in convict expedition dispatched from England in April 1803. Until '835, young Fawkner followed numerous and varied callings, mainly in Van Diemen's Land. In 1835, arranged expedition to Port Phillip from Van Diemen's Land for purpose of settlement; the settlement ultimately became Melbourne. Brought out Melbourne Advertiser, 1838, first newspaper in Victoria; then Port PhilIip Patriot. Took active part in matters relating to governing of Victoria, both before and after separation of the colony from New South Wales. Held various official posts; for eighteen years member of Legislative Council of Victoria. Achieved prominent and respected position.

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James T Fields

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American essayist, poet and publisher.

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Frank D Finlay

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Sarah Mary Fitton

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Filton, Sarah Mary (name thus in British Museum Catalogue; Sarah Margaret Fitton in Allibone) I Miss Fitton l, writer of children's stories and lesson books. An Englishwoman, long resident in Paris; dated several of her booklets from her Paris address: 15, Rue de la Ville l'Evêque. Described by Elizabeth Barrett Browning in two letters written from Paris, Dec. 1851, as "an elderly woman, shrewd and kind" and rich; "there seems to be a good deal in her"; numbered among her acquaintances or friends John Kenyan, the Carmichael-Smyths, and Eugene Sue (Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, ed. Kenyan, II, 41; Letters of the Brownings to George Barrett, ed. Landis and Freeman, p. 158). Author of two books on botany: Conversations on Botany, 1817, a dialogue between Mother and her little son Edward; written, according to the Brit. Mus. Cat., with the assistance of Elizabeth Fitton; went through eight editions; and The Four Seasons, 1865, lectures written for the Working Men's Institute in Paris, dedicated by Miss Fitton to her "excellent old friend" Sir William Jackson Hooker. (Some paragraphs of Conversations appear practically verbatim in The Four Seasons.) Also wrote books on music: Conversations on Harmony, 1855, so well received that Miss Fitton brought out a French translation, 1857; and Little by Little, lessons in the art of reading music (no copy in Brit. Mus.). In addition, published in booklet form three stories for children: The Grateful Sparrow, Dicky Birds, and My Pretty Puss; and one story for adults, How I Became a Governess (reprinted from Good Words).

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Fitz-Gerald, Desmond G. I Desmond G. Fitzgerald, Esquire, 27 Upper Berkeley St l, analytical chemist. Kelly's Post Office London Directory, 1858, lists 27 Upper Berkeley St. (W) as the address of a baker; 27 Upper Berkeley St. West (W) as that of a lodging-house. Fitz-Gerald was presumably staying at the lodging-house. Contributed the article "Natural Science. – Its Adaptation to the Youthful Mind" to The School and the Teacher, June 1, 1858; reprinted the article as addendum to his pamphlet Education. A Lecture, 1858. On one occasion "quitted the laboratory" to teach the "general principles of chemical science, especially in its application to Physiology," in a village school in Middlesex. In his article ["Poetry and Philosophy", H.W. XVII, 420. April 17, 1858] described his teaching experience and his philosophy of teaching; in his lecture stated his concept of education, as combining study of the humanities with study of natural science. The concept underlies his H.W. poem, which states that the writer loves both poetry and natural philosophy, that love of one does not rule out love of the other, and that the "sisters twain" constitute the true guide in life.

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Fitzgerald, Percy Hetherington I Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald (Percy) I 1834–1925, novelist, misc, writer. B.A. Trinity College, Dublin, 1855; M.A. 1863. Called to Irish bar; was for several years Crown prosecutor; turned to writing. Stated in 1882 (Recreations of a Literary Man, p. 6) that he had written "for almost every magazine that has been born, died, or exists"; e.g., Belgravia, Gent. Mag., Once a Week, Tinsleys', Cassell's, and, later, Cornhill. Published novels and collections of stories (C.B.E.L. lists 25 titles); books on the stage and biographies of theatrical personages, also biographies of literary and historical figures; books on Roman Catholicism. A prolific writer – and a hasty, slipshod one. Reviews in the Athenaeum, Saturday Review, and other periodicals pointed out the confusion, the padding, the lack of critical judgment, and the inaccuracy in various of his specimens of "book-making"; Crabb Robinson counted as wasted the day that he spent reading Fitzgerald's "paltry compilation" on Lamb and his friends (On Books and Their Writers, II, 819).

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[?] Fitzpatrick

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Fitzpatrlck. Not identified. "An Election Bill" [H.W. XIII, 140–41. Feb. 23, 1856] reproduces the bill of a publican for providing food, drink, bed, and other services to the freeholders supporting the candidacy of Sir Marcus S———. The item contains no writing by the contributor; his only connection with it was his sending it to the H.W. office.

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Fonblanque

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Fonblanque. Not identified. The first item [Schobry the Bandit, H.W. XIV, 164–68. Aug. 30, 1856] recounts a hoax played on the Austrian police by the Hungarian bandit Schobry (i.e., Jóska Sobri or Zsobri, d. 1837) and his being captured and shot while attempting to carry out a "Robin Hoodish" act of generosity; contributor seems to be familiar with the parts of Hungary and Serbia where Schobry's exploits took place; is familiar with Austrian military regulations, one of which he explains. The second item [A Blank Prize [chip], XIV,395–96. Nov. 8, 1856] deals with fraudulent lottery practices of German Jews and mentions the difficulties of an honest German landlord in getting a lottery ticket redeemed for the writer.

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John Forster

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Forster, John I Mr. J. F., J. F. I 1812–1876, editor, historian, biographer. Studied at University College, London. Admitted at Inner Temple, 1828; called to the bar, 1843, but did not practise law. Secretary to commissioners of lunacy, 1855–61; appointed one of commissioners, 1861. Contributed at various times to Athenaeum, Edin. Rev., Quart. Rev., and other periodicals. In 1830s, dramatic critic of True Sun; literary and dramatic critic of Examiner. Editor of Foreign Quart. Rev. 1842–43; of Daily News (on Dickens's relinquishing the editorship), Feb.–Oct. 1846; of Examiner, 1847–55. Author of The Statesmen of the Commonwealth of England, 1840 (first published in Lardner's Cabinet Cyclopaedia); Arrest of the Five Members by Charles the First, 1860; and other historical works; biography of Goldsmith, 1848; of Landor, 1869; of Dickens, 1872–74. 

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