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For some time he found congenial employment in editing the Western Antiquary, a periodical commenced in 1881, and devoted to the collection of interesting biographical and topographical information about the western counties.
He is one of the original members of the Library Association, having been elected in 1877; has been a member of its Council for many years, and is at prsent a vice-president of the society.
It was in no small degree due to Mr. Wright's advocacy that in 1884 a statue of Sir Francis DRAKE was placed on the Hoe at Plymouth, and it was almost entirely owing to his unwearied exertions that the Armada Tercentenary Commemoration was held at Plymouth in July, 1888.
For many years he has been deeply intersted in the subject of bookplates, and in 1891 he was chiefly instrumental in founding the Ex Libris Society, of which he subsequently became the honorary secretary, and also the general editor of the Ex Libris Journal, the organ of the society. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Devonshire Association, of the Somersetshire Archaelogical Society, and of the Plymouth Institution. He is also a vocalist of considerable ability. He has been always an active writer and editor. Besides numerous contributions to periodical literature, he has published 'the Visitors' Guide to Mount Edgecumbe,' 1871; 'The Illustrated Newquay Guide and Visitors' Hand Book,' 1885; and 'The Illustrated Hand Book to Plymouth, Devonport and Stonehouse,' 1885. He also edited (1890) the 'History of Okehampton,' based upon the journals and collections of Messrs. BRIDGES, RATTENBURY, and SHEBBEARE. He edited 'Gay's Fables' for Warne's Chandos Classics (1889). His two volumes on the 'Blue Friars' of Plymouth (1889 and 1891) contain much interesting reading and local information. He contributed many articles, poems, and sketches to the literature of the Armada Tercentenary, notably a lengthy illustrated article in the English Illustrated Magazine (April, 1888). The Transactions of the Library Association contain many valuable practical papers by Mr. Wright, and he has contributed to most of the periodicals of the western counties. He is also himself a poet, and has written many interesting fugitive pieces, showing careful compositin and much command of language, of which the following is an accepable specimen.
ON THE THRESHOLD; OR, NEW YEAR'S MUSINGS.
There are moments when the spirit
Seems to linger in its flight,
When the past is dim and cloudlike,
And the future dark as night;
When, 'twixt dark and lightness hov'ring,
E'en the hand of Time seems stgayed,
And we stand alone, unfriended,
By a nameless power dismayed.
Thus stood I upon the threshold
Of this wayside inn of Time,
In the midnight, in the stillness,
List'ning for the New Year's chime.
So I waited, doubting, fearing,
All the past beyond recall,
All the future hidden from me
By a dense impervious pall.
Transcribed by Sandra Windeatt from: Wright, W. H. K.,(1896) West-Country Poets: Their Lives and Works. London: Elliot Stock, pp.48-51
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