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HARRIS, Caleb Fiske, book collector, born in Warwick, Rhode Island, 9 March, 1818; died in Moosehead lake, Maine, 2 October, 1881. He was educated at the Academy of Kingston, Rhode Island, and at Brown universify, but was not graduated. He engaged in the commission business in New York, and after 1856 in Providence, Rhode Island, till the civil war, when he retired with a fortune. He subsequently developed a taste for the collection of the works of American poets and books bearing on early American history. Mr. Harris published an "Index to American Poetry and Plays in the Collection of C. Fiske Harris" (1874), which contained references to 4,129 separate works. Of these, 1,000 were part of a similar collection that had been begun by Albert G. Greene, William Cullen Bryant, in a letter to Mr. Harris, said: "Your work has amazed me by showing what multitudes of persons on our side of the Atlantic have wasted their time in writing verses in our language." Mr. Harris and his wife were drowned in Moosehead lake by the upsetting of a boat. His collection, which had increased to over 5,000 volumes, was bought by his cousin, Henry B. Anthony, and was bequeathed by the latter to Brown university. A complete catalogue, with notes and sketches of Albert G. Greene. Mr. Harris, and Henry B. Anthony, was made by the Reverend John G. Stockbridge (Providence, 1886).
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