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From Sixsmith to Harold Hamer. He queries the whereabouts of a large autographed photograph of Whitman taken in 1890, of which the Bolton Library have only a copy, and of the card displaying Whitman's 'My Canary Bird'. He reiterates his criticism of Minnie Whiteside's dishonest behaviour, reminding Hamer that it was only under pressure from Sixsmith that Mrs Sprague received an acknowledgement of her gift. He informs Hamer that he has decided to leave his own collection to the John Rylands Library. He bears no ill will towards Hamer, although he cannot forget the incident.