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Stanley Withers Collection
Stanley Withers Collection
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Stanley Withers Collection
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Stanley Withers, was for many years, until his death in 1927, Registrar at the Royal Manchester College of Music. Hisobituary in the Manchester Guardian (31 Dec 1927) describes him as a man of sound knowledge and with a keen love of literature and certainly this latter is well reflected in the collection of 500 or so letters, notes, and signatures which came to us after his death. Included are letters from a whole string of literary celebrities such as Browning, Dickens, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Sinburne, Bridges, Bernard Shaw, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Wilkie Collins, Meredith, Hardy, Mrs. Gaskell, Macauley, Robert Louis Stevenson, and from European writers such as Ibsen, Lamartine, Hugo, Dumas, Flaubert, Daudet and Heine. Politicians are well represented also, though with too high a proportion of mere signatures to be more than of passing interest. From the artistic world are letters from Burne Jones, Millais, Holman Hunt and Ford Madox Brown, while musicians include Berlioz, Brahms, Delius, Dvorak, Elgar, Gounod, Franz Liszt, Richard Strauss and Tchaikovsky. By no means all the letters were written to Withers. Some must have been bought, or obtained from friends; many, however, are addressed to him and it would seem that he obtained many of these purely by writing in the hope of obtaining an autograph in reply.
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