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An Interview with James Campbell
Douglas Field and Justin A. Joyce

James Baldwin Review editors Douglas Field and Justin A. Joyce interview author and Baldwin biographer James Campbell on the occasion of the reissue of his book Talking at the Gates (Polygon and University of California Press, 2021).

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The writers, the artificers and the livery companies
Tracey Hill

company committees, after all, were composed of tough-minded businessmen, and the commissioning process did sometimes involve haggling. As we have seen, Dekker and Christmas’s initial request for £200 for the Show for James Campbell in 1629 was negotiated down to £180, including all props, transport, music and the cost of 500 copies of the books.183 The haggling could work both ways, though: for the same Show, the trumpeters desired a price rise of £2 and refused an increase of £1 from the Ironmongers from their previous Show over ten years previously.184 Dekker himself

in Pageantry and power
Political and contemporary contexts of the Shows
Tracey Hill

in foreign trade (Holliday was a founder of and was to become the Treasurer of the East India Company). We can see an amplification of this aspect of the City’s activities from Munday’s rather brief treatment of Holliday’s trading links to their prominence later into the seventeenth century. In 1629 Dekker accurately cites the powerful merchant James Campbell’s freedom of the East India Company as well as the fact that he was the ‘Maior of the Staple, Gouernor of the French Company, and free of the East-land Company’ (Londons tempe, sig. B1v).65 In the 290

in Pageantry and power
Bringing the Shows to life
Tracey Hill

East India Company, of which James Campbell, the new Lord Mayor, was also a member.6 Booth’s account is particularly valuable because it gives visual as well as prose evidence. The images in his ‘Journael’ have been sketched out in pencil then over-drawn in ink, suggesting that Booth took the original impression from life; the ‘Journael’ itself is small enough to have been carried around and used as a notebook. Indeed, such is the detail contained in Booth’s journal that it is somewhat puzzling that he mentions no speeches, music or songs. Fifteen years previously

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