Acton Memorial Library and Soldiers' Tablets


Portrait of William Wilde Given to the Library

Concord Enterprise, October 31, 1890


clipping from Concord EnterpriseACTON CENTRE

   The exceedingly life-like and artistic portrait of Mr. Wilde, by Wm. Robinson of this city [Malden], which was recently exhibited at the public library and received much attention and favorable criticism from the many visitors there, has now been deposited in the library at Acton. The following correspondence will interest the many friends of Mr. Wilde:


MALDEN, Sept. 10, 1890
Luther Conant, Esq., President, Acton Memorial Library, Acton, Mass.—Dear Sir:—The Malden Friends of William A. Wilde, who enjoyed the privilege of being present on the occasion of the dedication of your library and building, have procured a portrait of Mr. Wilde. This they ask your board to accept and hang upon the walls of your library, as a testimonial of their respect for its subject and a recognition of the hearty and graceful welcome that they received from your people on the beautiful day which we remember with pleasure.
Yours with respect,

Gentlemen:—The fine portrait of W. A. Wilde, Esq., the gift of his Malden friends, has been received and placed in an appropriate place in the reading room of the library. We think it is a fine picture, as well as an excellent likeness; and we are glad to have the life size portrait of the generous donor of our library with us, that we may look upon his genial and benevolent countenance whenever we enter the building. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed the occasion of your visit to Acton. It was indeed a memorable day, and one that will not soon be forgotten by the people of this town. Thanking you most sincerely for your most appropriate and valuable gift, we are yours, truly, in behalf of the Trustees of the Acton Memorial Library,
WM. D. TUTTLE, Secretary.