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Twamley, Louisa Anne: See Meredith, Louisa Anne (Twamley)

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[?] Tyas

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Tyas. Not identified. The contributor relates a story ["Basque Blood", IX, 364–68. June 3, 1854] of Basque passion and vengeance, told to him while he was travelling in the Pyrenees. Payment made by cheque. Item reprinted in Harper's without acknowledgment to H.W.
      Among writers named Tyas who flourished at the time were Robert Tyas (1811–1879), author of Flowers and Heraldry, Flowers from Foreign Lands, and other works; and George Tyas, author of The Battles of Wakefield, 1854.

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

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Frank Vincent

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Vincent, Frank or perhaps Francis I F. Vincent, 4 St. James's Barton, Bristol; Vincent I. Bristol directories of the late 1850s list various tradesmen named Vincent, none recorded as resident at the St. James's Barton address. The only Vincent with initial "F" is Francis Vincent, list in 1856 (also later) as owner or manager of a lodging-house, 48 College Street.

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Vizetelly, Henry Richard, perh.: See Brooks. 

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

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Journalist and author. Born in East Prussia; educated in Prussian cadet-schools. Commissioned lieutenant in Prussian army, 1830; resigned from army, 1835, to devote himself to writing. In revolutionary movement of 1848-49, took prominent part in the Baden uprising; as prisoner of war, after surrender of Rastatt, tried by court-martial, sentenced to death; shortly before its execution, sentence commuted to imprisonment; six years in solitary confinement. Went to London, 1856; in time became connected with the press. To the U.S., 1861, as Civil War correspondent for London Times and Augsburg Allgemeine Zeitung. In 1867, to Berlin as correspondent for New York Times. During Franco-Prussian War, correspondent for Vienna Neue freie Presse and other journals. Contributed to Temple Bar, among English periodicals. Author of Abriss der Geschichte der Niederlande, 1841; Illustrirte Weltgeschichte, with F. W. Held, 1844-51; Historische Denkmale des christlichen Fanatismus, 1845 (later retitled Pfaffenspiegel). His autobiography published as Aus dem Leben eines Volkskämpfers, 1861; in revised and enlarged edition, including account of his later years, as Erinnerungen aus meinem Leben, 1880; abridged English translation, 1871, titled A Life of Adventure.

 

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[?] Von Corning

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Not identified. The contributor states that he first visited the sierra and the pampas of Buenos Ayres Province in 1848-49. By that date, had apparently lived for some time in the province; tells of visiting slaughter-house in vicinity of Buenos Ayres: refers to "my residence at Azul." Mentions cultivating the acquaintance of a cacique "with the view of gathering information as to the religion and peculiar customs of the Pampas Indians." Refers to himself as "an old traveller"; is obviously familiar with the Continent. His reference to England as "this country" implies that he was in England at the time of writing the articles; so too does the Office Book notation that the first section of "South American Scraps" was paid for "in advance by W.H.W” and that the sum paid for the second section was "Advanced at various times." (No payment is recorded for "Life in a Saladero.")

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Otto von Corvin

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[?] Von Goetznitz

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Not identified. Of the variant forms in which the contributor's name appears in the Office Book [Goëtznitz, Goëssnitz, Von Goetznitz], the third form is probably the correct one. (Wills had trouble with umlauts.) The four items listed in the Office Book give the following information about the contributor: was a German officer; took a proper pride in his nationality and his profession; had served in the army in Saxony in "848 and had been in Bohemia in autumn of 1851. Had apparently visited Puerto Rico and had lived for some time in the U.S. In his wandering life there, had been at Fort Snelling in the Minnesota Territory, also in Arkansas and Texas; only date given in connection with his stay in the U.S. is April 1857. Was familiar with London.

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Thomas Walker

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Walker, Thomas, prob. I Mr. Walker l, 1822–1898, journalist. Attended school from age six to ten; apprenticed to carpenter. Determined to become journalist. Learned shorthand; educated himself by reading and study; received some instruction in languages from Gustave Strauss (Reminiscences of an Old Bohemian, pp. 277–78); learned German in order to read Kant in the original. Reporter for Medical Times; contributed to Eliza Cook's Journal and Daily News. Obtained subordinate post on staff of Daily News; in 1851 became foreign and general subeditor; editor, 1858–69. Thereafter editor of London Gazette. Devoted his later years to philanthropic work.

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Ward, Nathaniel Bagshaw I Mr. Ward I, 1791–1868, botanist. Studied at London Hospital. M.R.C.S. Succeeded to his father's medical practice in Whitechapel. From boyhood had ardent interest in botany; by chance discovered principle of growing plants in glazed cases; later demonstrated value of Wardian cases in transporting living plants for great distances over long periods of time. Examiner in botany to Society of Apothecaries, 1836–54. Original member of Edinburgh Botanical Society; co-founder of Microscopical (later Royal Microscopical) Society. F.L.S. 1817; F.R.S. 1852. His name commemorated by his friends W. H. Harvery and W. J. Hooker in Wardia, a genus of South African  mosses. Author of On the Growth of Plants in Closely Glazed Cases, 1842.

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Mrs [?] Ward

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Ward, Mrs. Not identified. The contributor describes the Emperor Louis Napoleon as she chanced to see him in 1858 in the château garden at Plombières. She has some interest in and some knowledge of international politics; she refers to the political implication of certain of the Emperor's motives.

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[?] Warr

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Warr. Not identified. The writer's contributions ["Meteors", XIII, 103–05. Feb. 16, 1856; "The Scattering of Seed", XIV, 56–59. Aug. 2, 1856] contain many references to the observations of naturalists and travellers, as also occasional literary references. Payment for the first contribution made in cash.

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

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Clerk in Inland Revenue Office; son of Alaric Alexander Watts. In his preface to Lyrics of the Heart, Alaric Alexander Watts stated that in 1844 Sir Robert Peel, in recollection of Watts's early poems which Peel so much admired, placed at Watts's disposal a Treasury appointment for his son. Alaric Alfred Watts held the clerkship from that year (British Imperial Calendar, 1844). In 1859 married Anna Mary Howitt; like his wife was for a time a believer in spiritualism. Author of a life of his father, 1884; co-author, with his wife, of Aurora, 1875, a volume of verse, published anonymously.

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

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Watts, Anna Mary (Howitt): See Howitt, Anna Mary

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Jonathan Webb

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Not identified. According to his article, the contributor was an Englishman, some time in the employ of the East India Co., as navigation engineer, stationed in Calcutta. Describes his supervising the launching of the steamer Megna, which, on one of its runs from Calcutta to AIlahabad in 1838, had grounded at Damadapore. Bengal registers of the late 1830s list the Megna and also the Jumna (another vessel mentioned in Webb's article); they list some residents named Webb, but not Jonathan Webb.

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

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William Weir

9/2/1802 — 15/9/1858

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Journalist. Born in Ayrshire. Attended Ayr Academy; studied at University of Gottingen, Called to Scottish bar, 1827. First editor of Glasgow Argus. Removed to London; contributed to Spectator and to various of Charles Knight's compilations. Engaged by Dickens on staff of Daily News; served as the paper's "chief authority on railway and commercial affairs" (Bourne, English Newspapers, II, 224-225); in 1854 succeeded Frederick Knight Hunt as editor; held editorship to time of his death. Had extensive and thorough knowledge of literature.

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Thomas Spencer Wells

3/2/1818 — 31/1/1897

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Surgeon. Studied at Trinity College, Dublin, and at St. Thomas's Hospital, London. M.R.C.S. 1841; E.R.C.S. (by election) 1844. Assistant surgeon for six years in naval hospital, Malta; left Navy in 1848, but later again entered naval service. Meanwhile, had settled in practice in London. For twenty years surgeon at Samaritan Free Hospital, London; then consulting surgeon. In perfecting technique of ovariotomy, became originator of modern abdominal surgery. Filled all principal offices of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Recipient of honorary degrees and distinctions, British and foreign. Created baronet 1883. Surgeon to Queen's Household, 1863-1896. For some years editor of Medical Times and Gazette. Published works on medicine and surgery.

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Journalist, author, translator. Born in Rawitsch, Duchy of Posen; son of a German officer. Educated in Bonn. For a time edited Banner Zeitung, Published Polenlieder, 1843; Gedichte, :845. Married an Englishwoman. In 1846 went to London, where, in time, he became connected with the Daily News and the Times. In 1854 served as war correspondent in the Crimea (his H.W. article "Heroes Afloat" recounts his voyage to the seat of war). Contributed to Saturday Review and to Fraser's. Published, in London, translations from the Hungarian and the German: Eötvös's Village Notary and Klapka's Memoirs of the War of Independence in Hungary; an anthology of Goethe's Opinions, compiled from the correspondence and conversations; Max Schlesinger's Saunterings in and about London. Also published original works, e.g., History of the War in Hungary in 1848 and 1849, 1859, dedicated to the Hon. Mrs. Norton; Prussia and the Poles, 1862; Ten Years of the Schleswig-Holstein Question, 1863. Died in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where he was newspaper editor in his later years.

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