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"From James Roose-Evans, distinguished theatre director and author, who has written a play AUGUSTUS, based upon the life of Augustus Hare:

"I am delighted that there is now an Augustus Hare Society, which will help to make his name more widely known. 'Mine has been an unusual story,' as he himself wrote, but that apart his work vividly recalls much that is invaluable to the student of history while, like John Aubrey, his love of gossip at once summons up such characters as Carlyle, Oscar Wilde, Lord Waterford, Benjamin Disraeli, Henry Irving, and that famous recluse of Welback, the Duke of Portland."