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National Shakespeare Monument: Wheler Papers

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Letters, accounts and other papers, 1820-30, relating to a scheme for erecting a National Monument to Shakespeare at Stratford, suggested by Charles Matthews, the elder, decided upon at a meeting at Stratford on 19 December 1820, and ended by the return of subscriptions to the donors in 1827. The writers include: Alfred Bunn, the Theatrical Manager, 30 December 1820-4 June 1823 (ff. 16, 18, 25, 31, 37, 50, 55, 60, 74) Hon. F. Lawley, M.P., 6 January 1821 (f. 22) John F.M. Dovaston, 17 January 1821 (f. 33) [Heneage Finch] Earl of Aylesford, 18 January 1821 (f.35) Sir Thomas Phillipps, Bart., 12 February 1821 (f. 44) Thomas Downes, 15 February 1821 (f.46) Samuel Hamilton, 13 April 1821 (f. 53) Charles Matthews, [31 May, 1821] (f. 56) Thomas Gent, 24 March 1823-23 January 1824 (ff. 60, 80, 88) Sir Gray Skipwith, Bart., 17 August [1823], 4 October 1827 (ff. 83, 95) Drafts of numerous letters, etc. of R.B. Wheler, Secretary to the Committee, are also included.