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Letter to William Jerdan

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P697


An unknown writer follows up on a discussion at a recent party at the Turners with William Jerdan (1782-1869), journalist and editor of the Literary Gazette. The topic is the derivation of the theme of the "Crooked Billet", and its possible French origin. The writer also remarks on the use of pictorial signs to assist the uneducated populace in determining the type of business, product or service being offered. The writer signs the letter with an outline of a cloverleaf with the roman numerals XXI written inside the leaf. There is a red wax seal attached to the letter.


  • after 1818

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1 folder (1 leaf)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

MS P697

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Maggs Bros Rare Books, June 27, 1966.

Processing Information

Former SC temporary call number: MS (Box) 38: 90, formerly part of temporary collection "Collection of 19th c. letters: Miscellaneous group of mainly English letters: mostly 19th c, some 20th c, a few 18th c."

Guide to the William Jerdan Collection
Letter to William Jerdan
Finding aid prepared by mab, 2008. Finding aid encoded by mab, 2008.
Description rules
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Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Letter to William Jerdan, MS P697, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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