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Notes made by Sixsmith recording the aftermath of his letter (1330/6/2): he describes a meeting with Hamer, who agreed to have the material in question recorded as the gift of Mrs Sprague. He learnt from Hamer that Minnie Whiteside withheld the card originally kept with the stuffed canary, which displayed an autographed version of Whitman's poem, 'My Canary Bird', thereby rendering the object meaningless; he also learnt that the Whitman portrait at Bolton Library is in fact a photograph of that sent to Wallace, not the original.