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Linton- Life in the Collections

Thomas Wade:

16) Mundi Et Cordis; De Rebus Sempiternis Et Temporariis: Carmina. Poems and Sonnets.

London 1835

Toward the close of his apprenticeship as a wood engraver in the workshop of George Wilmot Bonner, Linton became acquainted with Thomas Wade, “the author of a volume of thoughtful and imaginative poems, Mundi et Cordis Carmina, published in 1835, of a play, The Jew of Arragon (...) and of other poems. He should have made a high mark in literature, but under pressure of some money difficulties, betook himself to Jersey, a sort of debtors’ Alsatia in those days, and there obtained a living by editing a weekly newspaper. (...) In 1837, Wade was living, with his mother and sisters, in Great Quebec Street, Montague Square. He had just given up editing the Bell's New Weekly Messenger, a liberal newspaper. On Sunday evenings he gave receptions, (...) where I would meet Horne, Douglas Jerrold and W. J. Fox (the eloquent Unitarian preacher).” (Memories)  Linton’s connection with the Wade circle became more and more intimate. The Wade sisters were emancipated followers of Mary Wollstonecraft, and Linton was associated with both of them. Laura Wade died of consumption in the first year of their marriage, just like her sister Emily, with whom Linton had been connected afterwards and who bore him seven children, and died young.