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July 15


On this day in 1919 Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin. She was an Irish author and philosopher, best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious. In 1883 'General Tom Thumb', died of a stroke at the age of 44. He was a dwarf who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Ironically he was a relatively large baby, weighing 9 pounds 8 ounces at birth. He developed and grew normally for the first six months of his life, at which point he was 25 inches tall and weighed 15 pounds. Then he suddenly stopped growing. His parents became concerned when, after his first birthday, they noticed he had not grown at all in the previous six months. They showed him to their doctor, who said there was little chance Charles would ever reach normal height. By late 1842 (4 years old), Stratton had not grown an inch in height or put on a pound in weight from when he was six months old. Apart from this, he was a totally normal, healthy child, with several siblings who were of average size.

MURDOCH (Dame Iris, 1919-1999, Author) Fine Autograph Letter signed ‘Iris’ to Lady Beit thanking her for the “Russborough booklet and for your kind letter. I so greatly enjoyed talking to you at that luncheon party. What a beautiful magical house - I feel extremely sad and distressed to think of your dreadful experience with those thugs, and now of the loss of those great pictures. I do hope you will get them back - quite often these unique objects ‘surface’ somewhere and are found. May it be so. What a magnificent house and so wonderfully surrounded. It must be a happy home for you and I hope you do not grieve too much. As for Rose, who was such an intelligent and nice and handsome pupil - how can she have ruined her life, and the lives of others - it’s wrong. The IRA is horribly and incomprehensibly wicked - and I fear not too unpopulare with many people in the south. It is amazing that Rose is still involved with the IRA and its activities. I suppose once one has worked for them one cannot escape - but I fear in this case there is no change of heart...“ with a postscript that she hopes “you get the pictures back”, 3 sides 4to., 30 Charlbury Road, Oxford, 20th July, no year but probably circa 1974 36783

[STRATTON (Charles Sherwood, 1838-1883, dwarf who performed under circus pioneer P. T. Barnum as ‘General Tom Thumb) and his wife Lavinia WARREN (1841-1919)] Unsigned carte de visite photo by E. & H. T. Anthony showing the couple standing full length together, with a printed title underneath that they are “in the identical costumes worn before Emperor Louis Napoleon and the Empress Eugenie at the Palace of the Tuileries Nov 29 1864”, 4” x 2½”, no place but New York photographer’s card, with printed presentation inscription on the verso, no date but 1864 37732

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