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Reverend James White

N/A — 26/3/1862

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Divine, author. Studied at University of Glasgow, then at Oxford; B. A. 1827. Curate in Suffolk, then vicar of Loxley, War. Resigned the living on his wife's inheriting a considerable property. Retired to Bonchurch, Isle of Wight; there devoted himself to writing. From 1828 to within a year of his death, contributed to Blackwood's more than a hundred essays, reviews, tales, poems. Author of some fifteen works: books of verse; The Earl of Gowrie, 1845; The King of the Commons, 1846; and other historical plays; various historical accounts of a popular nature, e.g., Landmarks of the History of England, 1855; The Eighteen Christian Centuries, 1858.

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James White

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Sporting writer. For many years turf editor of Doncaster Gazette. Author, under pseudonym "Martingale" of Sporting Scenes, and Country Characters, 1840; English Country Life, 1843; Turf Characters, 1851. White was intimately acquainted with the countryside about Doncaster, wrote his friend Henry Hall Dixon, and in his wanderings in the woods loved to weave an old legend into shape.

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

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Charles Whitehead

4/9/1804 — 5/7/1862

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Author. Received good schooling. Was for a time clerk to a London commercial firm; turned to writing. Contributed to annuals—Friendship's Offering, Amaranth; wrote for Monthly Magazine, Court Magazine, Bentley's Miscellany, and other periodicals. For some time editor of Chapman & Hall's Library of Fiction; for about eight years, publisher's reader and reviser for Bentley. Unsuccessful in making a living by writing; five times, from 1836 to 1854, found himself forced to ask for financial assistance from Royal Literary Fund; assistance granted in each instance. Stated in his last appeal that he intended to go to New Zealand to set up as schoolmaster. Emigrated to Australia, 1857; no more successful there than he had been in England. Died destitute in Melbourne hospital. Author of The Solitary, 1831 (reprinted in The Solitary, and Other Poems, 1849); The Autobiography of Jack Ketch, 1834; Richard Savage. A Romance of Real Life, 1842; also The Cavalier, a play produced at the Haymarket, 1836; a life of Sir Walter Ralegh, and other works. Brought out revised edition, 1846, of Dickens's Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi.

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[?] Whitelock

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Not identified. Payment marked "Enclosed". Item reprinted in Harper's, without acknowledgment to H.W.

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

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Sydney Whiting

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Whiting was a London barrister (Middle Temple, 1847) and modest poetic aspirant 'for a place on the lowest plinths of fame' (Poems [London: Trübner, 1873], Preface, p. i). Died at 26 Bloomfield Terrace, Pimlico, London.

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Edward Michael Whitty

N/A — 21/2/1860

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Journalist. Educated at Liverpool Institute and in Hanover. Became reporter on provincial press; from 1846 to 1849 wrote the Parliamentary summary of the Times; London correspondent of Liverpool Journal, for some years on staff of the Leader, to which he contributed satirical sketches of Parliamentary proceedings and debates, also sketches of members. Collected some of his Leader articles in History of the Session 1852-1853.

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Date of birth and death variously given; J.A. Venn, Alumni Cantabrigienses: A Biographical list of All Known Students, Graduates and Holders of Office at the University of Cambridge (1940-1954) gives 1797-1864; author. Born in Forest of Dean; son of a farmer. Attended a village day school. Encouraged in his early writing by Dr. Edward Jenner, "who subsequently conferred on me the name of the 'Bard of the Forest', by which appelation I was afterwards so well known" ("A Sketch of the Early Life of the Author" in Wickenden, Poems and Tales). While still a farm labourer, published three books of verse and prose. Learning from Southey's memoir of Henry Kirke White that expenses of a sizar at Cambridge were not so great as he had thought, determined to enter St. John's College; matriculated 1821; his university life made difficult by his poverty and inadequate preparation. B.A. 1825. Ordained; held, in succession, three curacies, but his days plagued by illness and poverty. For many years received assistance from clerical funds. Author of some twenty books, e.g., The Rustic's Lay, and Other Poems, 1817; Adventures in Circassia, 1847; A Queer Book, 1850; Adventures before Sebastopol, 1855; Revelations of a Poor Curate, 1855.

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Miss [?] Williamson

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Address: Kempston Manor, Bedford. Living at Kempston Manor in the 1850s were the four unmarried daughters of the Reverend Edmond Williamson (d. 1839): Frances, Catherine, Elizabeth, and Ann. The eldest was somewhat more than fifty when the items listed below appeared in H.W.; the youngest, somewhat more than forty (information from the County Record Office, Bedford). The visit to Norway told of in "Notes from Norway" extended from the summer of 1851 to the winter of that year, lasting perhaps into the early months of 1852. The County Record Office, Bedford, reports that there are at the Office no letters or papers that establish which of the Miss Williamsons made the trip.

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W[illiam] H[enry] Wills

13/1/1810 — 1/9/1880

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Journalist. Received limited education; must have acquired knowledge of books by wide reading. J. A. Crowe (Reminiscences, p. 71) wrote of him as "well read in Shakespeare and the poets of the last two centuries". According to Vizetelly (Glances Back through Seventy Years, I, 247), was "brought up as a wood-engraver" in office of Vizetelly's father, then "drifted into literature". Contributed to Penny Magazine, Saturday Magazine, and other periodicals. Was on original staff of Punch; sometime dramatic critic for the periodical. In Edinburgh, 1842-1845, was assistant editor of Chambers's. Married Janet Chambers, sister of the Edinburgh publishers. Was on original staff of Daily News. From 1850 to 1869, connected with H.W. and A.Y.R. Author of The Law of the Land, produced at Surrey Theatre, 1837. Brought out an edition of the Sir Roger de Coverley papers, 1850; a selection of his H.W. contributions and a selection of his contributions to Chambers's; an anthology, Poets' Wit and Humour, 1861, in which he included two of his own pieces. According to Tinsley (Random Recollections, II, 290), was one "of the best known men of his time in the London literary world".

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Florence Wilson

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Daughter of Margaret Cornwell Baron-Wilson [neé Harries]. Miss Wilson's mother was known to both Dickens and Wills—to Dickens, as a contributor to Bentley's Micellany.; to Wills, in some way darkly hinted at by Vizetelly. Vizetelly (Glances Back through Seventy Years, I, 247) wrote that Wills had "drifted into literature" under the wing of Mrs. Wilson, "whose patronage he ill-requited in a fashion that imperilled his liberty", and that as a result "something like a cloud hung over him for several years afterwards".

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T H Wilson

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Not identified. One T. H. Wilson who flourished at the time was Thomas Harries Wilson, 35th Regt., brother of Florence Wilson. He is not listed in biographical compilations.

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

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R. [?] Wilson

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Not identified. Initial not clearly written in Office Book; seems to read "R"; may perhaps be "K". Payment for the contribution made by cheque.

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

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[?] Wood

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Not identified. [Two items recorded in Office Book as Wood—DJO Ed.]. Payment for "The Ruined Potter" made by cheque. Item reprinted in Harper's with the title "The Kind of Preaching That Does Good to the Poor"; not acknowledged to H.W. "Progress", marked anonymous, included in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry, 1881.

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

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[?] Woods

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Not identified. Payment marked "Enclosed".

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

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Frederick Charles Lescelles Wraxall

2/1/1828 — 11/6/1865

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Writer. Student at Oxford; did not take degree. Went to the Continent in 1846 for purpose of studying languages; lived there for some years. In 1855 appointed assistant commissary, with rank of captain, in Turkish contingent; served in the Crimea to end of the War. Contributed to Once a Week, St. James's Magazine, Boy's Own Magazine, and other periodicals. Edited Welcome Guest, 1860-1861. Translated various works from the German and the French. Author of The Armies of the Great Powers, 1859, and other books on military matters; Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark and Norway, 1864; also novels, boys' adventure books. Brought out in book form various collections of his periodical contributions.

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Henry G. Wreford

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Journalist. Born in Bristol. Sent to Italy, when a young man, for sake of his health; remained there for rest of his life; died in Capri. For more than fifty years, from Rome and from Naples, was correspondent for the Times, a connection in which he took much pride (Obituary, Times, March 29 I892). Also correspondent for the lllustrated London News and for the Daily News. His detailed and vivid Daily News articles written during time of Italy's struggle for freedom and unity were praised by Jessie White Mario; Wreford was, according to her, "the correspondent who kept England up anent the rights and wrongs of Italy". Met the Marios in 1860 and was presented by them to Garibaldi as "Italy's best English friend in Naples" (McCarthy and Robinson, The "Daily News" Jubilee, pp. 64, 66). Contributed to the Athenaeum, occasionally to Macmillan's. Author of Rome, Pagan and Papal; by an English Resident in That City, 1846.

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Mrs [?] Wyley

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Not identified. Payment for the contribution made by post-office order. "A Breton Wedding", April 26 1851, is referred to as a "companion picture" to "A Welsh Wedding".

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

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Andrew Wynter

6/6/1819 — 12/5/1876

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Physician, writer. Studied medicine at St. George's Hospital, London. M.D. University of St. Andrews, 1853. M.R.C.P. 1861. Devoted special attention to treatment of the insane. Editor, 1855-1860, of Association Medical Journal (later British Medical Journal). Contributed numerous articles to periodicals, as to Hood's Magazine, Quarterly Review, New Monthly, Ainsworth's, Fraser's, Once a Week, Edinburgh Review, Good Words. Published several collections of his periodical articles, some volumes appearing under the pseudonym "Werdna Retnyw". Collections included Curiosities of Civilization, Subtle Brains and Lissom Fingers, Peeps into the Human Hive, The Borderlands of Insanity. In Odds and Ends from an Old Drawer, 1855, expressed surprise that "any literary dishes of his preparation would ever be thought worthy of being warmed up afresh". Some of the collections went through several editions.

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

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Edmund Yates

3/7/1831 — 20/5/1894

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Journalist and novelist. Attended school in Highgate; spent a year in Düsseldorf learning German. Held position in General Post Office, 1847-1872. Early "longed for a literary life" and began writing for Court Journal; thereafter contributed to the lllustrated London News, Bentley's Miscellany, Chambers's, Welcome Guest, and other periodicals; wrote gossip column for Illustrated Times and for the Morning Star; served as dramatic critic of the Daily News; correspondent for the New York Herald. Editor of the Train, 1856-1858; thereafter of Town Talk, Temple Bar, Tinsleys', Time. Co-founder (with Grenville Murray) of the World, 1874. Author of several farces and some fifteen novels. Privately printed Mr. Thackeray, Mr. Yates, and the Garrick Club, 1859, his account of the notorious affair that led to the estrangement between Dickens and Thackeray. Contemporary opinion concerning Yates ranged from that of Renton, who thought Yates "that prince of journalists" (John Foreter and His Friendships, p. 256), to that of Swineburne, who regarded him as a blackguard and "cochon sublime" (Letters, I, 304).

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Marianne Young

4/1/1811 — 6/10/1897

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Writer. As wife of Captain Thomas Postans of the Bombay Army, lived some years in India. Contributed to Sharpe's articles on India and stories laid in India; published three books: Cutch; or, Random Sketches, Taken during a Residence in One of the Northern Provinces of Western India, Western India in 1838, and Facts and Fictions, Illustrative of Oriental Character. As Mrs. Young, published Our Camp in Turkey, 1854; Aldershot, and All about It, 1857; The Moslem Noble: His Land and People, 1857. 

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