Anthony Barclay narrative
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Anthony Barclay narrative

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Barclay, Anthony, 1792-1877.
Title: Anthony Barclay narrative
Dates: 1871
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0048

Biographical/Historical Note

Anthony Barclay (1792-1877) was a British consul in New York; he lived many years in Savannah, Georgia and owned a number of Georgia plantations.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains Anthony Barclay's narrative of the translation of Richard Henry Wilde's Lament Of The Captive. His committal letter to Edward J. Harden is the first page of the volume. Barclay, as a practical joke, translated Wilde's poem into Greek, then translated the poem from Greek to Latin. He then circulated the translations throughout Savannah as "proof" that the poem was not originally written by Wilde. The translations were shown to the press, leading to published accusations of plagiarism against Wilde; these accusations were later proved false. Barclay wrote a narrative of the incident; the narrative was published by the Georgia Historical Society under the title, Wilde's Summer Rose; Or, The Lament Of The Captive.

Index Terms

Barclay, Anthony, 1792-1877.
Narratives (document genres)
Practical jokes.
Wilde, Richard Henry, 1789-1847.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from creator.

Preferred Citation

[Item identification], Anthony Barclay narrative, MS 48, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of William Harden, 1904.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


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