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COLLECTION Identifier: HEW 7.1.1

Charles James Lever letters from celebrated authors and other eminent men


Index to the five volumes of letters to the Irish editor and writer Charles Lever.


  • 1847-1887

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

These volumes are shelved in Widener Library in the Harry Elkins Widener Room. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine retrieval policies and times.


.5 linear feet (5 volumes)

The volumes contain original letters tipped onto the leaves. The principal writers are: John Blackwood, Isaac Butt, Thomas Carlyle, Wilkie Collins, the Earl of Derby, Charles Dickens, Maria Edgeworth, John Forster, T. C. Grattan, James Hudson, G. P. R. James, Henry James, Henry L. Jephson, Charles Kent, A. W. Kinglake, Edward Lear, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, Anne Lever, Samuel Lover, Lord Lytton, Lord Robert Bulwer Lytton, James McGlashan, the Earl of Malmesbury, W. H. Maxwell, Margaret Oliphant, John L. O'Sullivan, Mortimer O'Sullivan, Edmund Phipps, W. H. Russell, George A. Sala, Peter C. Scarlett, George Smith, Alexander Spencer, William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, John Francis Waller, James Whiteside, William Henry Wills, Lascelles Wraxall, Edmund Yates, and Sir Henry Yule.

Also included are a few letters to other correspondents, mostly members of Levers family; notices of his death; and a lock of his hair (vol. 1 fol. 48). Title from printed title page in vols. 1-4. In vol. 5 the title page reads "Letters of Charles Dickens to Charles Lever." In vols. 1-4 there are photographs of Lever preceding the title page. In vol. 5 opposite the title page there is a steel-engraving of Dickens. Bound in full red morocco.

Biographical / Historical

Lever was an Irish editor and writer.

Physical Location

Widener Memorial Room

Immediate Source of Acquisition

From the Harry Elkins Widener Collection.

Lever, Charles James, 1806-1872, recipient. Charles James Lever letters from celebrated authors and other eminent men, 1847-1887: Index.
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