Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889

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Charles Mackay, Scots-born poet and writer.

From the description of Charles Mackay manuscript material : 1 item, [ca. 1850's?] (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 726872907

Scottish poet.

From the description of The primrose : autograph manuscript copy of the poem signed : Boston, 1858 May 18. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609514

British journalist and poet.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : London, to Richard Bentley, 1840 July 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270606399

From the description of Autograph letter signed : "90 Broadway" [New York], to Horace Greeley, 1865 Jan. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270605409

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boxhill, Surrey, to Horace Greeley, 1870 Aug. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270605514

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [London], to E[dward] Dalziel, 1852 Dec. 27. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270871383

Charles Mackay was born in Perth and educated in Caledonia, London, and Brussels. He began working as a secretary, and published verses in various periodicals. He established himself as a journalist in London, and later Glasgow. He continued to publish poetry, which was sometimes set to music, and the songs were often popular. He also worked as an editor and correspondent, covering the American Civil War for The Times.

From the description of Charles Mackay letter to John Gilbert, 1848 April 8. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 61495274

Charles Mackay was born in Scotland. At the age of sixteen he was employed as the private secretary to William Cockerill, an ironmaster based in Belgium. In his spare time he wrote articles for the local newspaper. Coming to London in 1834, he engaged in journalism, published SONGS & POEMS (1834), MEMOIRS OF EXTRAORDINARY POPULAR DELUSIONS AND THE MADNESS OF CROWDS, and a number of other works. His literary reputation was made by the publication in 1846 of a volume of verses, VOICES FROM THE CROWD, some of which were set to music by Henry Russell and became very popular. In 1848 Mackay worked for the ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS, of which he became editor in 1852. In it he published a number of songs, set to music by Sir Henry Bishop and Henry Russell, and in 1855 they were collected in a volume which included the popular "Cheer, Boys! Cheer!"

Publisher George Routledge began work as an apprentice to Charles Thurman, bookseller, in Carlisle, UK, between 1827 and 1833. He went to London and worked for Baldwin & Craddock, publishers, from 1833 to 1836. In 1836 he started his own publishing house, which became Routledge & Co., then Routledge, Warne, & Routledge, and ultimately George Routledge & Sons. He retired in 1887.

From the description of Charles Mackay correpondence, 1857-1872. (Peking University Library). WorldCat record id: 74214842

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creatorOf McClellan, George Brinton, 1826-1885. Autograph file, M, 1648-1975. Harvard University, Houghton Library
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Autograph letter signed with initials : London, to James Birtles, 1868 June 4. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Hill, Alfred, 1869-1960. The President's song [music] / words unknown, set to music by Alfred Hill. Libraries Australia
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. The primrose : autograph manuscript copy of the poem signed : Boston, 1858 May 18. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed : Boxhill, Surrey, to Horace Greeley, 1870 Aug. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed Cha MacKay to: "My dear Sir" February 4, 1885. Wellesley College
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Letter to Horace Howard Furness, 1885. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn John Britton manuscript material : 1 item, 1844 The New York Public Library. Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle.
creatorOf Paget, John, 1811-1898. Autograph letter signed : London, to Charles Mackay, 1869 Nov. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Autograph letter signed : London, to Charles Mackay, 1843 Dec. 19. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Charles Mackay manuscript material : 1 item, [ca. 1850's?] New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Britton, John, 1771-1857. John Britton manuscript material : 1 item, 1844 New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Charles Dickens collection of papers, 1833]-[1975, 1833-1909 The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.
referencedIn James Thomas Fields autograph album, 1750-1941. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Browning, Robert, 1812-1889,. Autograph letters signed from Robert Browning to various people [manuscript], 1863-1881. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Bennoch, Francis, 1812-1890. Correspondence, 1838-1886. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed : "90 Broadway" [New York], to Horace Greeley, 1865 Jan. 12. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Smith, Thomas, fl. 1843-1869. Conversations with Lord Byron--in 1823 : [n.p.] : autograph manuscript account of their conversation in Ithaca in August 1823, [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Taylor, Alice Bemis,. Alice Bemis Taylor collections of autographs of the British poets. Colorado College, Tutt Library
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Charles Dickens collection of papers, [1833]-[1975] bulk ([1833]-1909). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Charles Mackay letter to John Gilbert, 1848 April 8. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed : London, to Richard Bentley, 1840 July 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Nichol, J. P. (John Pringle), 1804-1859. Letters. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
referencedIn Victorian poets, extra-illustrated. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Letters to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1761-1904 (inclusive) 1820-1888 (bulk). Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Reid, William, fl. 1795-1797. Saddle-maker's ledger book, 1795-1797, 1848-1870. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. Sir Walter Scott letter, 1830. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. A Christmas carol in prose : being a ghost story of Christmas : autograph manuscript signed, 1843 Dec. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Glossary of obscure words in Shakespeare / by Charles Mackay.
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889,. Autograph letter signed from Chas Mackay, London, to John Payne Collier [manuscript], 1858 July 2. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed : [London], to E[dward] Dalziel, 1852 Dec. 27. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn George Frisbie Hoar autograph collection, 1598-1945. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
creatorOf Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871. Autograph letter signed : [London], to Charles Mackay, 1870 Feb. 2. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Smith, Thomas, fl. 1843-1869. Autograph letters signed (7) : [London], to Charles Mackay, 1869 Oct. 27-Dec. 20. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Cadman, Charles Wakefield, 1881-1946. Clear the way / [poem by] Charles Mackay (1814-1889) ; [music by] Chas. Wakefield Cadman. New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Letter, 1847 Mar. 29, Glasgow, to Henry Vizetelly [London?] University of Michigan
referencedIn Thomas Bailey Aldrich papers, 1837-1926. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Bennoch, Francis, 1812-1890. Papers, 1839-1890. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Autograph File, M, 1648-1985. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1859-1884. Folger Shakespeare Library
referencedIn Mackay, Eric, 1851-1898. Letters to Mrs. Bennoch. Vestone, Lombardy, Italy. 1867 May 2 to July 23. University of Iowa Libraries
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed Cha MacKay to: "My dear Sir" Wellesley College
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. The lost beauties of the English language : [notes and proofs] / by Charles Mackay.
referencedIn Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886,. Autograph letters to Clement Mansfield Ingleby signed from various correspondents [manuscript], 1853-1881. Folger Shakespeare Library
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Autograph letter signed Chas MacKay to: "My dear Sir" Wellesley College
referencedIn Cartes-de-visite album and biographies, ca. 1875-1876. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Interludes and undertones ; or, Music at twilight : [poems] / by Charles Mackay.
referencedIn Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927. Victoria Woodhull-Martin papers, 1870-1962 (bulk 1870-1900). Southern Illinois University, Morris Library
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. Charles Mackay correpondence, 1857-1872. Princeton University Library
creatorOf Mackay, Charles, 1814-1889. "I have lived and I have loved" : [First line] Poem, [ca.1834-1889?]. Brown University, John Hay Library
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correspondedWith Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1836-1907 person
correspondedWith Bennoch, Francis, 1812-1890. person
associatedWith Bentley, Richard, 1794-1871. person
associatedWith Bowen, J. Elis. person
associatedWith Brainard, Charles Henry, 1817-1885 person
associatedWith Britton, John, 1771-1857. person
correspondedWith Browning, Robert, 1812-1889, person
associatedWith Bucholz, R.J. person
associatedWith Cadman, Charles Wakefield, 1881-1946. person
correspondedWith Collier, John Payne, 1789-1883 person
associatedWith Dalziel, Edward, 1817-1905, person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 person
associatedWith Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. person
associatedWith Dixon, William Hepworth, 1821-1879. person
associatedWith Fields, Annie, 1834-1915, person
associatedWith Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881 person
associatedWith Fleming, John F. (John Francis), 1910- person
associatedWith Gilbert, John, Sir, 1817-1897, person
associatedWith Glyn, Isabella Dallas, 1823-1889. person
associatedWith Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872, person
associatedWith Hill, Alfred, 1869-1960. person
associatedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Horne, R. H. (Richard H.), 1802-1884. person
correspondedWith Ingleby, C. M. (Clement Mansfield), 1823-1886, person
associatedWith Lemon, Mark, 1809-1870 person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith Mackay, Eric, 1851-1898. person
associatedWith Maclise, Daniel, 1806-1870 person
associatedWith Nichol, J. P. (John Pringle), 1804-1859. person
associatedWith Paget, John, 1811-1898. person
associatedWith Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 person
associatedWith Reid, William, fl. 1795-1797. person
associatedWith Routledge, George, 1812-1888, person
correspondedWith Scott, Walter, Sir, 1771-1832. person
associatedWith Smith, Thomas, fl. 1843-1869. person
associatedWith Stedman, Edmund Clarence, 1833-1908 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Taylor, Alice Bemis, person
associatedWith Vizetelly, Henry, 1820-1894. person
correspondedWith Woodhull, Victoria C. (Victoria Claflin), 1838-1927. person
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Poets, American--19th century--Correspondence
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Birth 1814-03-27

Death 1889-12-24

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