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Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)
Autograph manuscript journal entry dated Walden, 5 July 1845; from a collection of 39 journals, 1837-1861
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan; 1909; MA 1302

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910)
Pudd'nhead Wilson
Autograph manuscript, 1893; 2 volumes (637 pages), 20.5 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan from the author, 1909; MA 881–82

Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910)
"A Double-Barrelled Detective Story," 1901
Page 1 of the autograph manuscript, 125 pages, 23 cm
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1977; MA 2934

George Washington (1732–1799)
Autograph letter signed, dated Mount Vernon, 20 May 1792, to James Madison, 22.9 cm
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan with the Ford Collection, before 1900; MA 505

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
Autograph letter signed, 1892, to Lord Alfred Douglas
4 pages, 23 cm
Gift of Lucia Moreira Salles, 2008; MA 7258.11

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Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Page 23 of the autograph manuscript [1889–90]
Purchased by Pierpont Morgan, 1913; MA 883.11

Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
An Ideal Husband
Revised typescript of Act III, 24 January 1894; 24 leaves, 25.5 x 19.5 cm
Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 1981; MA 3579

William Wordsworth (1770–1850)
Plan for a winter garden at Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire, seat of Sir George Beaumont, in an autograph letter of Dorothy Wordsworth to Lady Beaumont, 23 December 1806
Purchased on the Fellows Fund, 1954; MA 1581.20

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