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HOTTEN, John Camden (1832-1873) Publisher and writer.
Autograph Letter Signed to the editor of The Athenaeum, 1 page 8vo with blank leaf, 74 Piccadilly, 21 December 1865. Contradicting the assertion that [Phineas Taylor] Barnum has not the author of "Humbugs of the World", a work which he had pubished earlier the same year.

'... For ten years the contents of the book have formed the subject matter of his lectures in this country and his own, and there are many persons here who well remember hearing certain portions at the Street James Hall when the showman lectured there. The story that somebody else wrote the book is understaood to have been started by certain bold litterateurs< in revenge for Barnum's exposure of an Ethnological hoax which they had perpetrated.'

The Athenaeum was a literary magazine founded by James Silk Buckingham and published from 1828 to 1921 when it merged with the Nation, which was itself eventually subsumed by the New Statesman.
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