New Arrival in the Library’s Rare Book Room

We would like to share with you one of the latest acquisitions that has been added to the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room, part of the Hackney Library’s Special Collections.  We recently acquired a handwritten letter by the 19th century British author Charles Dickens, who wrote such classic novels as Oliver Twist, A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, A Tale of Two Cities, and Great Expectations.

The letter from Dickens to Madame Celeste was written in the late summer of 1851


In the letter, written at Devonshire Terrace in London, Dickens makes a last-minute request to the actress and theater manager Céline Céleste-Elliott for box tickets for a “friend from the country to amuse on an hour’s notice.”

This letter is a great addition to the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room, which contains materials with a special emphasis on British and Scottish culture, including literature, history and philosophy, in keeping with the Scottish ancestry of the principal founders of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone.  Other interests in this collection are materials related to the history of books & printing, books published in Great Britain before 1640 and books published in the coastal region of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, before 1820.

The K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room, which opened in 2014, is endowed by Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., a long-time Barton College philanthropist.  The CEO of Electric Supply Company, headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Kennedy was a longtime trustee on the Barton College Board of Trustees, serving five years as chair of the Board of Trustees and later elected a trustee emeritus.

Please contact Rob Cagna at or Rich Fulling at for further details on visiting the Rare Book Room and Hackney Library’s Special Collections.  You can also visit our website at to explore our Special Collections online.

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