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Record number: WCP4857

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Benjamin Webb Williams
Sent to:
Daniel Coit Gilman
10 May 1886

Sent by Benjamin Webb Williams, The Williams Lecture and Musical Bureau, 258 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts, USA to Daniel Coit Gilman John Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA on 10 May 1886.

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14 November 2012 by Catchpole, Caroline


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LETTER (WCP4857.5256)

A typical letter handwritten by author in English and signed by author.

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Special Collections, The John Hopkins University
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Daniel Coit Gilman Papers, Ms. 1, Box 1.50
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The Williams

Lecture and Musical Bureau

B.W. Williams, Proprietor

258 Washington St., Boston, Mass.

Boston, May 10th 1886

President D. C. Gilman

John Hopkins Uni[versit]y.


My Dear Sir,

I wrote you, some six weeks ago, that Dr Alfred Russell[sic] Wallace, the distinguished Naturalist, was coming to this country next fall-- that he would give eight lectures in the Lowell Institute of this city and that, by contract with him, all his lecture engagements except those above-named, for the entire country would be made [[2]] by me. Having heard nothing from you, I write again to enquire whether you would like to secure him for your University. His lectures will begin the very first of November. He will give two each week Mondays & Thursdays. As I am now making dates for him, I would be much obliged if you would inform me if you would like him. I heard that you employ such eminent lectures in your University.

Yours very truly | B. W. Williams [signature]


Ansd May 12

Will refer letter of May 10th to Trustees at 1st opportunity-- lectures of such a character [one word illegible, faded] they will draw to get audiences [one word illegible, faded] that the Peabody is the better place. Our audiences & compensation small.1


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