Literate and Illiterate

Los Angeles Herald, May 23, 1883

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  1. Elizabeth Eleanor Siddal (25 July 1829 – 11 February 1862)
    Dante Gabriel Rossetti (12 May 1828 – 9 April 1882)
    Their wedding took place on Wednesday 23 May 1860 at St Clement’s Church in the seaside town of Hastings.
    Rossetti enclosed in his wife’s coffin a journal containing the only copy he had of his many poems. He supposedly slid the book into Siddal’s red hair.
    About 1869 Rossetti and his agent, Charles Augustus Howell (1840?-1890.4.24), applied to the Home Secretary for an order to have her coffin exhumed so the poems could be retrieved. Her hair was said to have continued to grow after death so that the coffin was filled with her flowing coppery hair.

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