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Papers of John Freeman, 1862-1889 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1128019
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Freeman, John, 1822-approximately 1889
 
Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [1862-1889] 
0.10 m. (2 folders) + 1 volume. 
Summary

MS 243 comprises seven letters written to George Henry Haydon. One is written from Broadmoor Asylum, 25 November, 1867. Others are written under the name of John Freeman from Melbourne and tell of Freeman's adjustment to life, and life in Melbourne in 1889. Another letter deals with the "land boom". Also included are two newspaper cuttings and a poem written in 1862 and signed by Edward Oxford. Lights and shadows of Melbourne life by John Freeman (London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1888), inscribed to G.H. Haydon.

Biography/History

Edward Oxford was committed to criminal lunatic asylums for 27 years after twice shooting at Queen Victoria in St. James Park on 10 June, 1840. While at Broadmoor Asylum, Berkshire, Oxford occupied his time in self-education, and upon his release, 27 November, 1867, changed his name to John Freeman. It is thought that he spent the remainder of his life in Australia. Freeman published Lights and shadows of Melbourne life, in 1888.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 243.

Subjects Freeman, John, 1822-ca. 1889 -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 19th century -- Archives.  |  Melbourne (Vic.) -- Description and travel.
Time Coverage 1862-1889 
Occupation Authors.
Other authors/contributors Freeman, John, 1822-ca. 1889. Lights and shadows of Melbourne life

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