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Invitation to Harry W. French from John Boyle O'Reilly and others, not after 1887 : manuscript

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Collection MS-2020-001: Invitation to Harry W. French from John Boyle O'Reilly and others, not after 1887 : manuscript


  • Creation: between 1880-1887

Scope and Contents

Invitation to Harry W. French from five prominent Boston Irish Americans, written in ink on a single sheet of lined paper. Signed by John Boyle O'Reilly, Hugh O'Brien, Patrick A. Collins, T.J. Dacey, and Dominick Fay. Full text reads "Harry W. French Esq. Dear Sir, we cordially invite you to give your lectures on Ireland in this city, confident that your knowledge of the subject and splendid illustrations of it will interest and entertain all classes of our fellow citizens." Likely written in the 1880s, when French was active as a traveling lecturer, but not after 1887, the year of Dacey's death.


Language of Materials

In English.

Restrictions on access

Open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical / Historical

Harry W. French, American author and lecturer. The author of at least fifteen books, Harry W. French lived in Boston and delivered lectured on his foreign travels.

Biographical / Historical

John Boyle O'Reilly, Irish-American activist and author. John Boyle O'Reilly was a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and editor of the Boston newspaper, The Pilot.

Biographical / Historical

Hugh O'Brien, Irish-American politician. Hugh O'Brien was the first Irish Catholic to serve as mayor of Boston.

Biographical / Historical

Patrick A. Collins, Irish-American politician. Patrick A. Collins was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and Mayor of Boston.

Biographical / Historical

Timothy J. Dacey, Irish-American politician. Timothy J. Dacey was a lawyer, Massachusetts State Congressman, and District Attorney of Suffok County.

Biographical / Historical

Dominick Fay, Irish-American politician. Dominick Fay served as financial secreatary of the Boston branch of the Irish National League.


1 Volumes (1 sheet) : paper ; 27 x 21 cm


Purchased from Robert H. Rubin Books in 2020.

Invitation to Harry W. French from John Boyle O'Reilly and Others
between 1880-1887
Marc Only
Noah Sheola
2020 January 9
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States