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Mackay, Charles: letter (1857)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0096 AL451
Held at: Senate House Library, University of London
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Full title: Mackay, Charles: letter (1857)
Date(s): 1857
Level of description: fonds
Extent: 2 leaves
Name of creator(s): Mackay | Charles | 1812-1889 | poet and journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Charles Mackay was born in Perth, Perthshire, and educated in London and in Brussels. He began working as a journalist in the 1830s and wrote for several papers, including the Morning Chronicle, the Glasgow Argus (which he also edited), the Illustrated London News and The Times. Mackay also published several volume of poetry and works on Celtic philology.


Scope and content/abstract:

Letter from Charles Mackay of the Illustrated London News, 9 Milford Lane and 198 Strand, London to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 23 Sep 1857. Explaining that Mackay will leave England on 3 Oct to spend 3-6 months in North America and asking for 'one or two personal introductions'. Autograph, with signature. Attached to a fly-leaf torn from a copy of Mackay's Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions vol 1 (1841); the fly-leaf bears the signature of H A [Henry Arthur] Bright.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

See hard copy catalogue.

Conditions governing access:

Access to this collection is unrestricted for the purpose of private study and personal research within the supervised environment and restrictions of the Library's Palaeography Room. Please contact the University Archivist for details. 24 hours notice is required for research visits.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copies may be made, subject to the condition of the original. Copying must be undertaken by the Palaeography Room staff, who will need a minimum of 24 hours to process requests.

Finding aids:

Typescript catalogue available in the Library's Palaeography Room.

Archival Information

Archival history:

See archivist

Immediate source of acquisition:

Apparently acquired as part of the Allan Heywood Bright Bequest (1942). The volume originally enclosing this letter seems to have been disposed of after the fly-leaf and attached letter had been torn out.

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Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Anya Turner.

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
July 2008

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