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Letter from William John Fitzpatrick to Hepworth Dixon. Kilmacud Manor (Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland) August 17 [1859?].

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P580


Letter from Willam John Fitzpatrick (1830-1895) in Dublin, Ireland to William Hepworth Dixon (1821-1879) in London (Athenaeum Office?) mentions the late historical author, Daniel Owen Madden (also spelled Maddyn, 1815-1859) and my biography of the late patriotic author, Lady Morgan (Sydney, 1783?-1859).


  • August 17 [1859?]


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1 folder (1 letter [4 pieces: 16 pages]. Pages 2, 15-16 blank. Sheets 2-4 numbered ii, iii, iv.) : Accompanied by scrap envelope used by O'Hegarty in 1954 to store the letter; 1 piece. Ornamentation: Embossed crest of Fitzpatrick family (dragon surmounted by lion, encircled by collar "Fortis sub forte fatiscet".) Pagination: Pages 2, 15-16 blank. Sheets 2-4 numbered ii, iii, iv. Author's Holograph: Possibly; not checked. Signed. The material is paper.

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Scope and Contents

Incipit: "Private. ... Dear Sir Upon reperusing your bright tribute..."

Corrections to your tribute to poor [Daniel Owen] Maddyn [died August 6, 1859]: description of his recent nervous attacks. Enclosing extract from M's letter acknowledging an autograph of Grattan's, and of another concerning the work he was preparing entitled "My Study Chair." [No enclosures.]

Your tribute to poor Lady Morgan [died April 14, 1859] observed that her services to Ireland had been forgotten. True; the Irish papers only dug up old slanders, and my researches find that she was abused all her life. So herewith for review an anonymous biography of her by me. Citations to the Athenaeum. Now regret my comical alliteration.

Physical Location

MS P580

Custodial History

Found in book formerly belonging to P.S. O'Hegarty (0-7224. R.R. Madden and Daly: Ireland in '98.) by lejh aug 1988. Bears pencil price "3/6" and annotation "W.J. Fitzpatrick Irish Biographer."

Immediate Source of Acquisition

O'Hegarty, 1955


[Ireland]: Dublin: Stillorgan: Kilmacud Manor; [England: London: Athenaeum Office??]

Guide to the William John Fitzpatrick Letter
Letter from William John Fitzpatrick to Hepworth Dixon. Kilmacud Manor
Finding aid prepared by alh, 1988; revised by ksc, 2006. Finding aid encoded by skt, 2006.
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William John Fitzpatrick Letter , Department of Special Collections, MS P580:1, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

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