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ROSSI, Giovanni Battista de (1822-1894), circa 1863 September 16
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of about a hundred autograph letters by nineteenth-century British politicians, clergymen, and men of letters, the majority of which are addressed to the Rev. William Denton. Although not a Christian Socialist in the classic sense, Denton took up the cause of the poor in his city parish (St Bartholomew, Cripplegate), and many of the letters reflect the political battles he fought to promote their welfare. The other significant strand in these letters is Denton's concern for the people of the Balkans. In 1876 when there were allegations of massacres of Bulgarian Christians under Ottoman rule, he played a prominent part --also reflected in this collection (see particularly the letters from W. E. Gladstone)--in bringing this to the attention of the world. Apart from those letters addressed to Denton, there are also letters addressed to other contemporary figures. It is not clear how they came to be in this collection, but it may be through chance or acquaintance. Of particular interest is an important draft letter from the tractarian clergyman William John Butler, responding to the criticisms of his Catholic contemporary Henry James Coleridge.
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- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and Use:
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
ROSSI, Giovanni Battista de (1822-1894); William Denton Correspondence, C1185, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 1