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FORGING A COLLECTION


A Checklist of Thomas J. Wise's letters
in the Frank W. Tober Collection on Forgery


The Frank W. Tober Collection on Forgery includes eighty-five of Thomas J. Wise's letters written over a period of more than fifty years to a variety of individuals, including friends, scholars, collectors, and booksellers. Correspondents represented in the collection include H. Buxton Forman, Wise's friend and co-conspirator; Gabriel Wells, the American bookseller who campaigned strenuously on Wise's behalf following his implication in the scandal; A. Edward Newton, the American book collector; Charles Dealtry Locock, the well-known Shelley scholar; and Theodore Watts-Dunton, Swinburne's literary executor who gave Wise access to all printed and manuscript material in the poet's collection.

Wise's letters run the gamut from brief notes to friends to lengthy bibliographic treatises written in response to queries from scholars or collectors. In many of his letters, Wise boasts about the value of his pamphlets and bibliographies and muses on their scarcity. He usually denies the frequent requests he receives for copies of his publications, as most sell "within a few days" and typically claims not to have retained additional copies. Friends and booksellers frequently ask him to authenticate first editions, and Wise is quick to dispense bibliographical advice. Wise's health is another frequent topic. He suffered from bouts with gout and bronchitis, and a number of the letters in the Tober collection were dictated to his wife, Louise, and sometimes signed by her in his stead. This checklist also includes eight of Louise Wise's letters. When viewed as a whole, this collection of letters offers a fascinating look at the day-to-day life of Thomas J. Wise over a period of more than fifty years.

1886

Aug. 2, 1886. Holloway. To [Harry Buxton] Forman. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1888

July 7, 1888. Holloway. To "Sirs." From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

1891

June 22, 1891. [London]. To Messrs. Langley, Bookseller. ACS, 1 p.

1894

April 17, 1894. London. To Ed[ward] Caddick. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

July 24, 1894. London. To H[arry] Buxton Forman. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1895

Feb. 12, 1895. London. To "Sir." From T.J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

1896

Feb. 24, 1896. London. To Charles [unidentified]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Nov. 14, 1896. London. To Dewitt Miller. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1891

June 6, 1891. London. To Mr. Langley. From Thos. J. Wise. ACS, 2 pp.

1904

Nov. 15, 1904. Hampstead. To "Sir" [Charles Dealtry Locock]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Nov. 17, 1904. Hampstead. To [Charles Dealtry Locock]. From T.J. Wise. ANS, 1 p.

1906

Feb. 12, 1906. Hampstead. To Mr. [Charles Dealtry] Locock. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Feb. 19, 1906. Hampstead. To Mr. [Charles Dealtry] Locock. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

March 16, 1906. London. To Mr. [Charles Dealtry] Locock. From T.J.W. ACS, 1 p.

1916

May 30, 1916. Hampstead. To H. Bell from Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Nov. 8, 1916. Hampstead. To [Stuart?]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1919

Dec. 15, 1919. Hampstead. To "My dear Wheeler." From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1922

July 9, 1922. Hampstead. To Dr. [George Charles] Williamson. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1923

Jan. 1, 1923. Hampstead. To [unidentified]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

March 24, 1923. Hampstead. To Mr. Collins. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

July 28, 1923. Hampstead. To Mr. [Robert William] Chapman. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp., with autograph note by Chapman.

Nov. 20, 1923. Hampstead. To [Gabriel] Wells. From Thos. J.Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1924

Nov. 11, 1924. Hampstead. To [Col. Cyril Hackett] Wilkinson. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1925

Jan. 27, 1925. Hampstead. To A[lfred] Edward Newton. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Feb. 26, 1925. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

March 9, 1925. Hampstead. To Mr. [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

March 11, 1925. Hampstead. To Mr. [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

May 20, 1925. Queen's Hotel, Hastings. To Mr. [Charles E.] Brumwell. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Aug. 29, 1925. Angmering-on-Sea, Sussex. To "Sir." From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Sept. 11, 1925. Hampstead. To [Gabriel] Wells. From Thomas J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Oct. 11, 1925. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Oct. 15, 1925. Hampstead. To [George Murry] Brumwell. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Oct. 29, 1925. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

Nov. 18, 1925. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Dec. 28, 1925. Hampstead. To [Alfred Edward] Newton. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1926

March 11, 1926. Hampstead. To [Gabriel] Wells. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 8 pp.

June 14, 1926. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

1927

Jan. 1, 1927. Hampstead. To [Alfred Edward] Newton. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 8 pp.

April 25, 1927. Queen's Hotel, Hastings. To Mr. Maggs. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

June 16, 1927. Hampstead. To F[rederick] Britten Austin. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 6 pp.

July 28, 1927. Hampstead. To [Robert William] Chapman. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Oct. 16, 1927. Hampstead. To "Sir." From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

1928

Feb. 4, 1928. Hampstead. To "Sir" [Oliver Newell Chadwyck-Healey]. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Feb. 10, 1928. Hampstead. To F[rederick] Britten Austin. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

March 1, 1928. Hampstead. To Mr. Lemperley. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

March 21, 1928. Hampstead. To [Oliver Newell] Chadwyck-Healey. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

April 15, 1928. Hampstead. To [Oliver Newell] Chadwyck-Healey. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 6 pp.

May 9, 1928. Queen's Hotel, Hastings. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From Thos. J. Wise as per L[ouise] W[ise]. ALS, 3 pp.

May 11, 1928. Hampstead. To Prof. [Cesare] Foligno. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

May 17, 1928. Queen's Hotel, Hastings. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

June 6, 1928. Hampstead. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Aug. 14, 1928. Percival's Hotel, Worthing. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Aug. 27, 1928. Percival's Hotel, Worthing. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 5 pp.

Aug. 30, 1928. Percival's Hotel, Worthing. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Sep. 23, 1928. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 1 p.

Oct. 1, 1928. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Nov. 20, 1928. Hampstead. To Mr. [Leonard Charles?] Hector. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Nov. 22, 1928. Hampstead. To Mr. [Cesare] Foligno. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Dec. 4, 1928. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Dec. 4, 1928. To Mr. [Leonard Charles?] Hector. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Dec. 12, 1928. Hampstead. To [Leonard Charles?] Hector. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1929

April 14, 1929. Hampstead. To [Frank Vigor] Morley. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

April 28, 1929. Hampstead. To [Gabriel] Wells. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Aug 4, 1929. Hampstead. To [Leonard Charles?] Hood. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Dec. 16, 1929. Hampstead. To Mr. Varty. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1930

March 30, 1930. Hampstead. To Mr. Sutcliffe. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

June 14, 1930. Hampstead. To Mr. [Le Roy Crummer. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Dec. 29, 1930. Hampstead. To [Leonard Charles?] Hector. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1931

Aug. 12, 1931. Prince's Hotel, Brighton. To [Leonard Charles?] Hector. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Nov. 7, 1931. Hampstead. To Dean [Cyril Argentine Alington]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Nov. 8, 1931. Hampstead. To [Sir Humphrey] Milford. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1932

Jan. 23, 1932. Hampstead. To "Sir" [P.J. Tomanoczy]. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Aug. 30, 1932. Hampstead. To "Sir" [P.J. Tomanoczy]. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

Sep. 11, 1932. Hampstead. To Mr. [P.J.] Tomanoczy. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Sep. 20, 1932. Hampstead. To Mr. Taylor. From T.J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

1933

Jan. 1, 1933. Hampstead. To [Thurman Losson] Hood. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 1 p.

Feb. 8, 1933. Hampstead. To [Gabriel] Wells. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Feb. 20, 1933. Hampstead. To unnamed bookseller in Bath. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

July 13, 1933. Hampstead. To [Robert William] Chapman. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

July 24, 1933. Hampstead. To "My dear Sir" [M.D. Hurley]. From T.J.W. ALS, 4 pp.

1935

July 10, 1935. Hampstead. To "Saint-Gabriel" [Wells]. From Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

1936

July 13, 1936. Hampstead. To [Frederick Britten] Austin. From Thos. J. Wise as per Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

May 20, 1937. Hampsted. To Mr. [De Vincheles] Payen-Payne. From Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

June 6, 1937. Hampstead. To Mr. [Frederick] Britten Austin. From Louise Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

July 7, 1937. Hampstead. To "Saint- Gabriel" [Wells]. From Louise Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

Aug. 22, 1937. Hampstead. To "Saint-Gabriel" [Wells]. From Louise Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

1938

March 20, 1938. Hampstead. To "Saint Gabriel" [Gabriel Wells]. From Louise Wise. ALS, 4 pp.

Undated

[N.d.]. Queen's Hotel, Hastings. To [Oliver Newell Chadwyck] Healey. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

[N.d.]. Hampstead. To [Edmund William] Gosse. From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 3 pp.

[N.d.]. Gordon Hotel, Folkestone. To [Irving Way?] From Thos. J. Wise. ALS, 2 pp.

[N.d]. [No place]. To Richard Curle. ANS, 1 p.


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