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Thomas Watts was a Librarian at the British Museum. He became assistant keeper of books in 1856 and ten years later he was appointed keeper of printed books. He was largely responsible for developing the museum's print collections, especially its foreign language translations. Between 1851 and 1860 he ordered eighty thousand books and examined six hundred thousand titles. He died unexpectedly in 1869 and was buried in Highgate Cemetery. PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS LETTER CONTAINS A NEWSPAPER CUTTING WITH RACIALLY OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE
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Title: Letter from Thomas Watts
Description: In this detailed five page letter, Thomas Watts discusses Harriet Beecher Stowe's novel 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and its translation into several languages. He includes a newspaper cutting regarding the book's translation in Italy.
Address: British Museum
Letter dated: 16-12-1858
Physical description: Sampson Low Letters, Volume 2, 5 pages ; some minor glue seepage.
Type of letter: Comments about another client, author, artist or work etc.
Key works mentioned: Uncle Tom's Cabin
Letter note: Newspaper cutting attached to letter containing racially offensive language.
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Identifier: SL_195