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17th-20th Century Correspondence and Documents

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The 17th-20th Century Correspondence and Documents consists of letters, documents, and various forms of correspondence relating to notable names and celebrities from between 1618 and 1981. These documents have either been transcribed to or from the personalities in question or have been written in discussion of these individuals. Some documents have been previously digitized as a part of the Edward Lear Papers.

The digital collection is only selections from the physical collection. For more information about the collection and its contents, see the collection's finding aid.

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Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 20, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 20, 1893
William Westall discusses checks with Edmund Downey and mentions his writings to his debtors.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 24, 1895
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 24, 1895
William Westall discusses both personal and business matters, including several books, one of which has been "out of print for years."
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 29, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 29, 1893
William Westall discusses checks with Edmund Downey as well as both of their publication efforts.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 29, 1901
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 29, 1901
William Westall discusses checks and acceptance of checks with Edmund Downey. Westall announces that his son who lived in Florida is dead and had nearly lost both sight and hearing. The letter is accompanied by its original envelope.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 4, 1900
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, January 4, 1900
William Westall discusses books and publishing and says that since 1845 "a whole library has been written about the Battle of Waterloo." There are written math notes in pencil on the last page.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 10, 1896
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 10, 1896
Postage letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, sent from Brussels. Westall describes his travel plans with Downey and his upcoming visit to Switzerland.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 13, 1899
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 13, 1899
William Westall discusses checks with Edmund Downey. Westall comments on the three-volume system of publication for novels.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 14, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 14, 1893
William Westall discusses a check that is due on August 16th as well as a story that he found interesting.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 18, 1901
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 18, 1901
William Westall has sent the check to Manchester and received back a note from the bank. He states that he is not getting a good price from the Author's Syndicate. Westall has received an offer for to write a "boys" story of about nine thousand words in length.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 22, 1901
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 22, 1901
William Westall discusses checks and a miscalculation in amounts sent to Edmund Downey. Westall refers to a "strong man" and the foes of the Church which "have been of her own breeding."
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 23, 1900
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 23, 1900
William Westall tells Edmund Downey that he does not know enough information to write a South African story. Westall discusses the state of worldly affairs and references the great French War as well as the "supremacy of Britain." Westall says he has great sympathy for Ireland and calls the Parliament members as well as the Chief Justice of England freshmen. Westall makes a postscript note about the current state of bookselling.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 25, 1896
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 25, 1896
William Westall hopes that Edmund Downey's account of a book is exaggeratedly negative, but states that the facts "do look so ugly." William Westall proposes that Downey takes on another one of Westall's stories and offers one-hundred pounds on account of a royalty. Westall calls readers of newspaper fiction conservative and ask for modern stories. He also inquires about a check for sixty pounds.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 29, 1897
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 29, 1897
William Westall discusses his and Edmund Downey's financial business and needs for one chec to be sent off before another one can be written and distributed.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 4, 1894
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 4, 1894
William Westall mentions bills and their due dates, and makes a reference to Edmund Downey's new book. Westall threatened Mr. Otter with the Society of Authors and Mr. Otter apologized for past delays, and will turn in the book at once.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 5, 1894
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 5, 1894
William Westall writes to Edmund Downey about their checks and their upcoming acceptance due dates.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 7, 1890
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, July 7, 1890
William Westall informs Edmund Downey of an issue regarding a check of theirs.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 12, 1890
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 12, 1890
William Westall writes to Edmund Downey discussing issues in checks and publishing and makes mention of the publishers used by the Society of Authors.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 23, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 23, 1893
William Westall apologizes for missing Edmund Downey's visit. He blames his maid for making his letter to Downey arrive so late. He assures that his check must have still made it on time and continues to state that it would be impolite of him to offer Downey's draft upon someone else as it would assuredly be weak at this point.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 27, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 27, 1893
William Westall writes to Edmund Downey discussing checks and a "terrible disappointment" regarding his publishing.
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 29, 1893
Letter from William Westall to Edmund Downey, June 29, 1893
William Westall discusses publishing and asks Edmund Downey of his experience working with "O."

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