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Alfred Bate Richards (1820–1876)

Richards, Alfred Bate. An English journalist and dramatist; born at Baskerville House, Worcestershire, Feb. 17, 1820; died at London, June 12, 1876. He produced many tragedies, among them being: ‘Crœsus, King of Lydia’; several volumes of poems, including ‘Death and the Magdalen’ (1846); ‘The Dream of the Soul’ (1848); and one novel, ‘So Very Human’ (1871), the title being suggested by a chance phrase of Charles Dickens. In his ‘Britain Redeemed and Canada Preserved’ (1848), he foreshadowed, thirty years before its construction, the inter-oceanic railway between the Atlantic and the Pacific.