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Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: 68 Old Broad Street
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: 1852, Nov. 
Document Type: Letter (4+ p.)
Content Summary: Irving sends his impressions of a wet London... If he has a holiday he will be happy to visit her. He has changed his situation to a large Public Office. His parents hope she will visit them in the Spring. He has not been to the Crystal Palace at Sydenham ... He went to [the Duke of Wellington's] funeral ...
Published: The Times, 1 Feb. 1938
Notes: Irving moved to work for Thacker, Spink & Co. A digitised image of this letter is at http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/phl
Document Holder: HLC (Reference: Box 7, Folder 29)
Ref.No: 4972    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: [68, Old Broad Street]
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: [1853?] 
Document Type: Letter
Content Summary: In debt to her but neither are very punctual 'in our payments'. Describes at length how he "a poor pent-up Londoner" enjoyed spending ten days with his Aunt and her family in Warminster. Describes household dog, ham & eggs for breakfast, shooting, riding on a pony, which he cannot do in London, and a picnic for twelve in idyllic surroundings. Calls his lengthy description of just one day 'feeble'. His mother thanks her for her kind invitation but she must decline this year. She would be delighted if Mrs Wilkins came to London especially to see the Crystal Palace. His mother and father are in excellent health.
Published: L. Irving, p.52-53.
Notes: Possibly part of Letter 4974.
Document Holder: Pd
Ref.No: 4973    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: 68, Old Broad Street
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: 1854, July, 29 
Document Type: Letter (7 p.)
Content Summary: Thanks his Aunt for inviting him to holiday in Warminster but he is going to Aunt Penberthy's in Cornwall on 24th August. He describes his pleasure at staying with Mrs Wilkins. Mr Binney has received from two young men in his congregation a handsome silver inkstand worth £60 - he is very flattered. Irving and his mother go to the Albion Chapel, London Wall. The Minister is 25 years old - Rev. Mr McFarlane. He often preaches for Mr Binney who is a father figure. Irving has been to the Royal Academy and the Polytechnic with Mr McFarlane who is married to one of Mr Binney's daughters and to his home. Irving is still in the same office - uncomfortable working from half past nine to seven. More inclined to rest than study at close of day.....
Published: L. Irving, p.56-57.; The Times, 1 Feb., 1938
Notes: The letter is crossed. A digitised image of this letter is at http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/phl
Document Holder: HLC (Reference: Box 7, Folder 30)
Ref.No: 4974    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: 68, Old Broad Street
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: 1856, Feb., 17 
Document Type: Letter
Content Summary: Thanks his Aunt for local Warminster paper and a book. Mentions a critique on a trip to Paris in the Warminster journal - correspondent doesn't rate intellectuality of Warminster highly - Irving thinks they are far advanced. He has not joined the church at London Wall and does not think he will. He comments on the recent opening of Parliament and emerging Evangelical and political events. Especially mentions Evangelical opposition to Sunday opening of the British Museum, the National Gallery and Crystal Palace. Dickens in his new work [Little Dorrit] is in favour of Sunday opening. "He is a moralist but nothing else". Outlines split between many MPs, literary figures and mass population who want Sunday opening and the churches and congregations who are against. Much will depend on the outcome and the political issue of peace. Quotes 'We take no note of time but from its loss'. He was 18 on 6th instant ... P.S. Since he wrote the letter which he mislaid, Sunday opening has been defeated by a great majority. What a blessing!
Published: L. Irving, p.59-60; The Times, 1 Feb., 1938.
Notes: Incomplete transcription with omissions? Irving's nonconformist views at this time were opposed to Sunday opening but changed later. A digitised image of this letter is at http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/phl
Document Holder: HLC (Reference: Box 7, Folder 31)
Ref.No: 4975    
Author: Irving, Sir Henry >>
Address: Romford, Essex
Recipient: Wilkins, Mary Ann >>
Address: [Warminster]
Date: 1856, Aug., 18 
Document Type: Letter (5 p.)
Content Summary: He has left his office in Newgate Street with the well wishes of his employers, and is staying with friends in Romford away from smoke and dirt. He looks quite ruddy and robust from the change. He can get to London by train in half an hour. He would have liked to come to Warminster and dirty Bristol to visit her but had not sufficient time. His mother would like to visit her but has workmen in the house. Explains that before he left Thacker & Co's he had decided to try his fortunes in something more intellectual, "the Dramatic profession". He has weighed all the difficulties and temptations. He has £20 [70?] and has bought the necessary wardrobe. His elocution teacher [Henry Thomas] at Sussex Hall, Leadenhall St, has sent a letter of introduction to the theatre manager at Newcastle. He leaves London next month for the "coaly Tyne". Describes playing Romeo at the Soho Theatre. Writes in detail about the great actors Shakespeare, Garrick, Kemble, Macready - a person may be as moral and good as an actor as in any other walk of life, etc.
Published: L. Irving, p.65-67; The Times, 1 Feb., 1938.
Notes: The letter is crossed. A digitised image of this letter is at http://ccdl.libraries.claremont.edu/col/phl
Document Holder: HLC (Reference: Box 7, Folder 14)
Ref.No: 4976    
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