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Justin McCarthy correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: MS P754


This collection consists of a single letter from Justin McCarthy, editor of the Morning Star, to William Hepworth Dixon apologizing for an "unhandsome allusion" in the newspaper about Dixon made while McCarthy was away in Europe.


  • Creation: October 4, 1867


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Biographies of Justin McCarthy and William Hepworth Dixon

The Morning Star was a radical London-based newspaper that ran from 1856 to 1869. Irishman Justin McCarthy (1830-1912) served on the staff of the Morning Star beginning in 1860, first as a reporter writing on the House of Commons, then as foreign editor, and lastly as editor from 1864/1865 to 1868. He would later become a writer for the Daily News, author novels and histories, and serve as a Member of Parliament advocating for Irish Home Rule.

William Hepworth Dixon (1821-1879) was an English historian and author who also contributed to the Daily News. Dixon served as editor for the Athenaeum from 1853 to 1869.

[Information retrieved from Gwynn, S.L. and Alan O'Day, "McCarthy, Justin," Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, 2009; O'Day, Alan, "McCarthy, Justin," Dictionary of Irish Biography, 2009; and "William Hepworth Dixon," found at]


1 folder ; Folder measures 22x37 cm.

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Physical Location

MS P754

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Bolerium Books, 2020.

Related Materials

Other letters written to William Hepworth Dixon at Spencer Research Library can be found at William John Fitzpatrick letter, MS P580, and Philip James Bailey correspondence, MS 204, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Justin McCarthy chaired a Committee of anit-Parnellites, minutes for which can be found in a Irish Parliamentary Party Minute book dating from 1893-1895, located at MS E108, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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Justin McCarthy correspondence, MS P754, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

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