Letters to Horace Howard Furness, [1873]-1908, n.d.

Rolfe, W. J. (William James), 1827-1910.
[1873]-1908, n.d.
66 items (76 leaves).
Bacon, Francis, 1561-1626 -- Cipher.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Authorship -- Baconian theory.
Webb, Thomas E. (Thomas Ebenezer), 1821-1903. Mystery of William Shakespeare. -- 1902 -- Reviews, criticism, etc.
Webb, Judge, 1821-1903. Mystery of William Shakespeare. -- 1902 -- Reviews, criticism, etc.
Photographic prints.
Consists of four folders.
The first letter in the collection is actually undated, but in it Rolfe discusses Furness' newly-appeared Variorum edition of Macbeth, which was published in 1873.
Letter of 12 May 1879 encloses a photograph, dated 10 April 1897, of "Juliet's tomb" in Verona; it is identified and initialed by Rolfe.
Letter of 31 August 1902 encloses a clipping from "The Literary World" (August 1902) consisting of a review of Judge Thomas E. Webb's book, "The Mystery of William Shakespeare" (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1902), in which Webb argues for Baconian authorship of Shakespeare's works.
Collection also includes an undated photograph of "Josephine Jr.", identified and initialed by Rolfe. Also includes a clipping summarizing Rolfe's life, printed after his death.
Fourth folder contains an article by Rolfe entitled "Furness's edition of Shakespeare" that appeared in The Critic in October 1900.
Judge Thomas E. Webb was also the author of The intellectualism of Locke (Dublin: W. McGee, 1857; reprinted Bristol: Thoemmes, 1990).
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H. H. Furness Memorial Library manuscript collection.
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