Author Archives: Carrie Griffin

Letter, March 14th 1837, to John Russell Smith

This is the first in a series of blog posts that features an entire letter from the many sent by Charles Clark to John Russell Smith. The first was posted on this day in 1837, 178 years ago. It is … Continue reading

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Dispatches from Holland…

It is no surprise that on World Book Day, we are thinking about Charles Clark, and his books. At the time of his death, Clark had amassed a library of over 2,500 volumes. From his letters, and the size of … Continue reading

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The Bard of Totham

The Totham 1821 Symposium, organised by James Bettley, will take place this November. We will contribute to it (sadly from afar), and it has already got us thinking about the reputation of Charles Clark in his own time and his … Continue reading

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GREAT TOTHAM CHURCH IN 1821 (OR THEREABOUTS)

Originally posted on totham1821:
? Two paintings in St Peter’s Church, Great Totham, are to be conserved and redisplayed in the church, thanks to grants from Heritage Lottery Fund, the Essex Heritage Trust, and the Church Buildings Council, as well…

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol Charles Clark lived through the invention and solidification of the festive season as we know it today.  Queen Victoria and Prince Albert would popularize the Christmas tree in the late 1840s, while the earliest greeting cards were … Continue reading

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Princeton and Balloons. There is a connection …

Charles, like many men and women in Victorian England, was a great fan of ballooning and aerostatics. He orders several books on the subject from John Russell Smith over the course of the 1830s and 1840s, and maintains a keen … Continue reading

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News … and New Connections

Its always such a pleasure when people get in touch, and when we find that our research on Clark can dovetail with theirs. A few months ago we received some correspondence from Sally Woodcock, who had been commissioned (with May … Continue reading

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