Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Sprague mss., 1832-1858, consist primarily of letters from Scottish writer Thomas Dick, 1774-1857, to clergyman William Buell Sprague, 1795-1876, of Albany, New York. Both Sprague and Dick were prominent autograph collectors and they carried on a lengthy exchange of materials - Dick sending autographs of important English and Scottish figures in exchange for American autographs provided by Sprague. Other topics discussed in Dick's lengthy letters include the temperance movement, slavery and the abolition movement in the United States, contemporary politics of both America and Britain, and the Catholic Church. He also sent Sprague two of his essays, titled "Hints in reference to the education of students for the exercise of the Christian ministry," parts I and II.

The last few items in the collection date after Dick's death and include two letters from acquaintances who write to Sprague about their mutual friend's life and activities.

Collection size: 27 items

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