The collection deals primarily with the personal life and business dealings of both John Forster and Eliza Ann (Crosbie) Colburn
Forster. Includes mostly correspondence to both John and Eliza Forster as well as a number of manuscripts both by and about
Forster. Also included is detailed genealogical information.
John Forster (1812-1876) was one of England's more influential writers and editors. He was born April 2, 1812 in Newcastle,
England. At the age of 15, in June 1827, he wrote a singularly clever and elaborate paper entitled A Few Thoughts in Vindication
of the Stage. Entering University College in London in 1828 as a law student, Forster became friends with such fellow students
as James Emerson Tennent and James Whiteside. He was admitted to the bar in 1843, but seldom practiced law thereafter.
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