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Gabriel Harrison letters

Identifier: VAULT box-Ayer-MS-3038


Letters regarding John Howard Payne to Gabriel Harrison from three current and former U.S. consuls to Tunis, William Penn Chandler of Philadelphia, George Whitfield Fish of Tunis and Flint, Mich., and Amos Perry of Providence, R.I. Also one letter, also about Payne, from Fish to Thomas J. McKee, a New York lawyer and friend of Harrison's. The letters, which were probably responses to a correspondence initiated by Harrison during the revision of his 1875 work, concern the circumstances of Payne's death, the erection of and wording on his Tunis gravestone, the disposition of Payne's personal effects and the interest of his niece, Eloise E. Luquer in recovering them, Chandler's possession of Payne mss., and W.W. Corcoran's proposal to transfer Payne's remains to Washington, D.C. Fish, who had served as consul until 1882 when Congress failed to appropriate funds for the post, also comments on the shaky political situation at Tunis and the sad state of U.S. representation in the southern Mediterranean.


  • Creation: 1873-1883


Biography of Gabriel Harrison

Brooklyn, N.Y., theatrical manager, actor, painter, and author of an 1875 work about John Howard Payne, who was himself an actor, playwright, defender of the Cherokee Indians, and U.S. consul at Tunis. Harrison's popular volume, which sparked a renewed interest in Payne, who had died in Tunis in 1852, was enlarged and reissued in 1885 with the title: John Howard Payne, dramatist, poet, and actor.


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Forms part of the Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection (Newberry Library)

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Chandler letter, Feb. 26, 1883, and Fish letters, Oct. 22, 1881, and Dec. 29, 1882, published in Harrison, Gabriel. John Howard Payne. Philadelphia : Lippincott, 1885.

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Chandler correspondence was formerly cataloged as Ayer MS 153a. Fish correspondence was formerly cataloged as Ayer MS 281a. Perry correspondence was formerly cataloged as Ayer MS 708a.

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Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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