Item 48-54 - Letter from Edward FitzGerald to George Hilton, accompanied by sketches by William Thackeray and others

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Add. MS a/301/48-54


Letter from Edward FitzGerald to George Hilton, accompanied by sketches by William Thackeray and others


  • 1829-1939 (Creation)

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3 sheets, 4 sketches, 1 env.

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Gift of Jean Hilton, 1991.

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Letter from the 1830s[?] from FitzGerald to Hilton written after a misunderstanding brought about by an epigram he left at Hilton's door; refers to quarrelling regularly with [William] Airy as a means of preserving friendship; invites him to breakfast despite his cough. Three ink and pencil sketches, one dated 1829, are unsigned, and are possibly by FitzGerald or by Hilton. Two other ink sketches dated 1829 are also unsigned but identified by a caption as by William Makepeace Thackeray.

Accompanied by a letter from A. M. Terhune to Mrs E. Armitage about the FitzGerald letter, and an offprint of an article, "Carlyle with the late Mr Edward FitzGerald" from the Ipswich Journal, 17 July 1883.

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See also W. M. Donne to W. A. Wright, 14 Oct. 1883: Add.MS.a.284/77.

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Letter from FitzGerald to Hilton published in The letters of Edward FitzGerald, edited by Alfred McKinley Terhune and Annabelle Burdick Terhune. Princeton, 1980, vol. IV.

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Accompanied by letters relating to the provenance.

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