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W. HARRISON AINSWORTH - AUTOGRAPH ENVELOPE SIGNED CIRCA 1881 - HFSID 296188

 
W. HARRISON AINSWORTH
Envelope mailed one year before his death, hand addressed to the director of an "idiot asylum"
Autograph Envelope signed: "To/Dr. Grabham/Earlswood Asylum/Red Hill/ W. Harrison Ainsworth", 5x4. Postmarked Reigate (England), January 5, 1881. W. Harrison Ainsworth (1805-1882) the publisher of Ainsworth's Magazine (1842-1853), is best known for his popular historical romances, including Tower of London, Guy Fawkes, Lancashire Witches and Boscobel, several of which were illustrated by George Cruikshank. His novels resembled in style and content those of Sir Walter Scott. Dr. George Grabham was the medical superintendent of the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Idiots (Redhill, Surry) from 1870-1882. Despite the name, this charitably funded institution was one of the first to address seriously and sympathetically the needs of the learning disabled. Ainsworth died in Reigate January 3, 1882, almost a year to the day after addressing this letter. Toned and worn. Edge frayed and worn. Signature in fine condition.


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W. HARRISON AINSWORTH
Born: February 4, 1805 in Manchester, England
Died: January 3, 1882 in Reigate, United Kingdom





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