Autograph letters from various writers to William Little Hughes, business letters, and related material
Note: Some of the documents are in English and some in French.
Letters from writers Dickens, Thackeray, Hugo, Le Fanu and Reade concerning actual or proposed translations into French of some of their works; some of the letters have accompanying envelopes. Also a letter from the London publisher Richard Bentley; and a letter from the firm of Trübner & Co., publishers, declining to take on Hughes' proposition of a Shakespeare Bibliography at present, due to the 'stagnation of trade in consequence of the precarious state of European affairs'. Included with the Victor Hugo letter is a note to Hughes from an unidentified person seeking Hugo's address and a page with the name, Charles Hugo, and Victor Hugo scratched very lightly above it. Authorisation from Meadows Taylor for Hughes to translate 'The Confessions of a Thug'. These letters range in date from 1856 to 1865; some are undated. (Items 1-14)
Letter dated 14th Aug. 1847, from Judith Doyle of Lowell Massachusetts, formerly of Dublin, to Hughes: she introduces herself and asks him, as executor of her mother's will, to send her the six-monthly allowance she used to get but has not received for several years. Letter dated 19th Feb. 1848, from Judith Doyle to a Frederic W. Gale, on the same subject as the previous letter; she has received some of the money and says she spent it on bills, arrears of rent and a barrel of flour; her health prevents her from earning her living, and she asks for the back money she is due from her mother's estate. Letter dated 26th Sept. 1849, from Gale to Hughes about the matter. Letter to Hughes, dated 3rd Oct. 1849, from a Samuel Richardson of Lowell Massachusetts, asking for money on behalf of Mrs. Doyle; he explains that he is a friend of Gale's and held the money previously sent to her, giving it to her as she required it; he says if Hughes could see her hard circumstances his 'heart would be warmed'. (Items 15-18)
Letters in French, mainly to Hughes, one a printed appointment with manuscript insertions; one letter written by Hughes; a document, possibly an agreement involving Hughes and another person; two pages with indeterminate jottings. This material dated mainly in the 1850s and 1860s. (Items 19-32)
Miscellaneous items: letters and documents relating to legal matters concerning the Hughes family; the poem 'God's Will for you and me'; two cabinet photographs of Hughes, one from a Parisian studio; an obituary of Hughes written by Vicomte de Saint-Leu in 1887 and typed on four foolscap pages. The other items date between 1830 and 1876. (Items 33 to 46)
William Little Hughes (1822-1887), translator and civil servant, was born in Dublin. He settled in Paris as a young man and worked as a clerk in the Ministry of the Interior. He translated English and American books into French, beginning with two of Dicken's works: 'Hard Times' and 'Little Dorrit'.
Physical description: 46 items (4 folders).
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