Edward Upjohn Papers
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1911: March 6. Edward Upjohn to Helen Allingham, wife of William Allingham, concerning errors in her husband’s recently published autobiography. Thanks her for the volume and explains his ill-health, expressing his interest since he was apparently a friend of Allingham. ALS, 4pp.

The autobiography mentioned is titled William Allingham: A Diary , first published in 1907 by Macmillan, London. Reprinted in 1908. Upjohn’s notice of errors not changed, apparently, as they stand in the 1908 edition. The Diary was edited by Helen Allingham. William Allingham was a minor Irish poet, author, and balladeer, and was neglected by the Irish and English alike. He was an intimate, however, of numerous 19th century literary figures including Rossetti, Carlyle, Tennyson, Patmore, Burne-Jones, and friends with Emerson, Dickens, Robert and Elizabeth Browning, and others. He was immortalized for three poems, “The Winding Banks of Erne,&38221; “Up the Airy Mountain,” and “Four Ducks on a Pond,” though he is seldom recognized as the author. He was employed in the British Customs Service from 1846-1870 and was a sub-editor, then historian, for Fraser’s Magazine from 1870-1879, when he married Helen Paterson, a noted watercolorist praised particularly by Ruskin. Her portrait of Carlyle is well-known and housed in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In poetry, Allingham pioneered a mode and a technique later utilized by Yeats, Colum, and Joseph Campbell. A volume of poems, Day and Night Songs , was illustrated by the celebrated Dalziel brothers after drawings by Rossetti, Millais, and Arthur Huges; these form a landmark in English book illustration.

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