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His Life And Background In Cincinnati 1846 - 1850 by Raymond Walters

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Friends and Acquaintances           29
drop in, one evening in 1847, at the boarding house of Archibald Irwin, Jr., and hand him a copy of "What Must a Fairy's Dream Be?", just off the press of Peters & Field. Archibald could observe the compliment to his young kinswoman on a title-page grand in ornate script and flourishes: "Ballad, Written & Com­posed for and respectfully Dedicated to Miss Mary H. Irwin by Stephen C. Foster."
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Who were the friends and acquaintances of Stephen Foster in Cincinnati? He wrote few letters and he kept no diary. Nevertheless, from contemporary sources freshly investi­gated, there emerges out of the past a con­siderable company of those whom Stephen certainly knew, others whom he probably knew, and still others whom he manifestly knew about. They form a typical portrait gal­lery of the time and place.4
Down this aisle are clean-shaven gentlemen of the 'forties wearing buff or blue waistcoats and white cravats or shirt-frills: such names as Michael P. Cassilly, merchant and real estate owner; William B. Cassilly, his son and successor; James C. Hall,* produce merchant and president of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce; Robert Buchanan,* commission merchant and active member of Christ Church; General William Haines Lytle, lead-
* James C. Hall and Robert Buchanan were friends of Stephen's father whom he gave as business references.







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