MURDERER

[ Thomas Griffiths Wainewright, poisoner, artist and art critic. ] 13 items from his biographer W. C. Hazlitt's papers, including two letters apiece from J. B. Wainewright and W. H. Whitear, one from A. G. Allen, two photographs of Linden House.

Author: 
[ Thomas Griffiths Wainewright (1794-1847), poisoner, artist and art critic; William Carew Hazlitt (1834-1913); John Bannerman Wainewright (1871-1929); Walter Henry Whitear; A. G. Allen ]
Publication details: 
London and Oxford. Between 1891 and 1907.
£550.00

Wainewright has the questionable distinction of being the first English murderer to employ strychnine; he was in addition an interesting author (contributing to the London Magazine in its heyday), a capable artist, a connoisseur, dandy, friend of Charles Lamb and patron of William Blake.

Autograph Letter Signed from 'the Whitechapel Road murderer' Henry Wainwright, asking an unnmaed individual to preside at a 'testimonial Entertainment' for 'Mr. Talbot' at the Beaumont Institution, Mile End Road.

Author: 
Henry Wainwright (c.1839-1875), 'Whitechapel Road murderer' of his mistress Harriet Lane, found guilty after an Old Bailey trial before Sir Alexander Cockburn, and hanged in Newgate by William Marwood
Publication details: 
84 Whitechapel Road, London. 10 December 1860.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The word 'Declined' has been written at the head of the letter by the recipient. The first paragraph reads: 'A number of influential gentlemen in the neighbourhood of Mile End and Bow, in recognition of the services of Mr Talbot, have resolved to give him a testimonial Entertainment on the 27th inst. at the Beaumont Institution.' The 'Committee' have requested Wainwright to ask the recipient to 'kindly preside on that occasion'.

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