Gabriel Harrison letters

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Descriptive Summary

0.1 linear feet (10 items in 1 folder) of material relating to Gabriel Harrison’s work on his 1875 book about John Howard Payne.

Biographical Historical Note

Gabriel Harrison was a Brooklyn, N.Y., theatrical manager, actor, painter, and author of an 1875 work about John Howard Payne, who was himself an actor, playwright, defender of the Cherokee Indians, and U.S. consul at Tunis. Harrison’s popular volume, which sparked a renewed interest in Payne, who had died in Tunis in 1852, was enlarged and reissued in 1885 with the title John Howard Payne, dramatist, poet, and actor.