Letters from John Miller Dow Meiklejohn to Edmund Evans, 1884.

Scope and Content

Four autograph letters signed, John Miller Dow Meiklejohn to Edmund Evans.

Relating to the printing of the 'Golden Primer' and its illustration by Walter Crane.Signed J.M.D. Meiklejohn Headed notepaper, University of St Andrews, September 1884.

Administrative / Biographical History

John Miller Dow Meiklejohn (1830-1902) was the son of John Meiklejohn, schoolmaster in Edinburgh. He studied at Edinburgh University, gaining his MA in 1858. He started a number of schools, mainly in London, worked as war correspondent during the war between Prussia and Denmark in 1864, and was appointed professor of Education at St Andrews University in 1876 until his death in 1902. He stood for Parliament twice as a Liberal, for Dundee in 1874 and for Glasgow in 1886, but failed to be elected.

Edmund Evans (1826-1905), printer and engraver, developed a colour printing process and was the first to use Walter Crane's illustrations extensively, commissioning his illustrations for the Sixpenny and Shilling Toybooks which made Crane famous.

Walter Crane (1845-1915), one of the most famous children's book illustrators of the 19th century.


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Acquisition Information

Purchased March 1942.


Call number used to be ms752

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Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper: each 1 sheet, 22.5x18cm folded.

Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Maia Sheridan, Archives Hub project archivist, based on material from the Manuscripts Database

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