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Title: Rufus W. Griswold Papers, 1834-1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Collection Identifier: MS Gris.

Primary Creator: Griswold, Rufus, W., 1815-1857

Extent: 1285.0 Items

Arrangement: Arranged alphabetically.

Date Acquired: 00/00/1900

Subjects: American Literature — 19th Century — History and Criticism, Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence, Authors and publishers -- Correspondence, Carey, Alice, 1820-1871, Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881, Graham's Magazine, Griswold, Rufus, 1815-1897, Hoffman, Charles Fenno, 1806-1884, Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849., Poets, American — 19th Century — Correspondence, Poets and Poetry of America, Tucker, Beverley, 1784-1851, Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892

Languages: English

Abstract

This collection contains the letters of Rufus Griswold (1815-1857), editor of Graham’s Magazine and publisher of American literature and poetry in the mid 19th century.  The letters document his relationships – both professional and personal – with his contemporaries.  Most notable is the correspondence between Griswold and Edgar Allan Poe.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the near entirety of Rufus Griswold’s correspondence between the years 1834 and 1857. In particular, it reflects his business dealings as editor of Graham’s Magazine, and publisher of The Poets and Poetry of America.  Correspondence is primarily letters to Griswold from poets, authors, and other editors regarding publications and reviews.

The majority of the letters are related to either Graham’s Magazine or The Poets of America and include requests for publication or critical review. While the correspondence is business in nature, the letters also discuss the personal lives of such people as Rufus Griswold, Edgar Allen Poe, Elizabeth Ellet, and Frances Sargent Osgood.

Griswold’s publication, The Poets and Poetry of America, was the first anthology of American poetry and was published in 1842. From this publication stemmed others that are mentioned in the letters, among them The Female Poets of America, Prose Writers of America, Poets and Poetry of England.

Many of the letters in the collection have been printed in Passages from the Correspondence and Other Papers of Rufus W. Griswold, published by W. M. Griswold at Cambridge in 1898, and The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe, New York, 1902.

Subject/Index Terms

American Literature — 19th Century — History and Criticism
Authors, American — 19th Century — Correspondence
Authors and publishers -- Correspondence
Carey, Alice, 1820-1871
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881
Graham's Magazine
Griswold, Rufus, 1815-1897
Hoffman, Charles Fenno, 1806-1884
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849.
Poets, American — 19th Century — Correspondence
Poets and Poetry of America
Tucker, Beverley, 1784-1851
Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892

Administrative Information

Repository: Boston Public Library Archival and Manuscript Finding Aid Database

Access Restrictions: Collection is open for research.

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Items in this collection may be subject to copyright restrictions. The Boston Public Library does not hold copyright on the material in this collection. Researchers are responsible for identifying and contacting the persons or organizations that hold copyright.

When reproducing material from this collection please include the credit line "Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/ Rare Books."

Acquisition Method: Donated to the Boston Public Library by Mrs. Rufus Griswold in 1900.

Preferred Citation: Rufus W. Griswold Collection, MS Gris. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library. Courtesy of the Trustees of the Boston Public Library/Rare Books.

Processing Information: Finding aid prepared by Honor McCusker, c. 1963.

Finding Aid Revision History: Updated by Bethany Hirsch, November 2011.


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Folder 1: Abbott, John Stevens Cabot, 1805-1877.  A. L. S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 March 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
53 Bleecker St. An invitation to a "male literary circle."
Folder 2: Adams, Charles Francis, 1807-1886. A. L. S to R. W. Griswold, 9 August 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Quincy, M.A. Offers permission to copy a picture of "the elder Mrs. Adams" [Abigail] by Gilbert Stuart.
Folder 3: Albert, pseud.; Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
To Caroline F. S.
Folder 4: Aldrich, Charles, 1828-1908. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 27 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Randolph, N.Y. Asks for information about a forthcoming book by Lyman C. Draper. Discusses the development of Cattaraugus County and its press.
Folder 5: Aldrich, James, 1818-1856. Ms poems., [1843?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Poems: "New Year's Night in Rome," "To a Friend," "Autumn," "Viola," "The Lowly Born," "Beauty Everywhere," "To --," "The Happy Husband."
Folder 6: Aldrich, Thomas Bailey, 1857-1907. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 March [n.y.]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
105 Clinton Pl. Send some "papers" containing one of his poems.
Folder 7: Alexander, Archibald, 1772-1851. A.L.S. to Thomas W. White, 25 June 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Princeton, N.J. Reprimands White for printing his name in connection with an article in the Southern Literary Messenger.
Folder 8: Alexander, Charles Armistead, d. 1869?. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 25 February 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Alexandria, D.C. Asks for information about a New York editor who claims for another writer Alexander's poem, "The Fall of Aztalan."
Folder 9: Allen, Joseph Henry, 1820-1898. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 February 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Bangor, M.E. Discusses Horace Binney Wallace's views on religion and attaches a copy of a letter from Wallace embodying these ideas. Has written the news of Wallace's death to M. [Auguste] Comte.
Folder 10: Allen, William, 1784-1868. Ms. copy of letter to Harper & Bros., 12, 15 March 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Northampton, M.A. Suggest a third edition of his American Biographical Dictionary, to be incorporated in or published with Harper's current translation of the Biographic Universelle.  12 Mar 1847. Attached to a letter from Frederick Saunderd to R.W. Griswold. 15 Mar 1847
Folder 11: Andrews, W. R. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 July 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Avon Springs, N.Y. Again suggests the publication of poems by W. H. C. Hosmer.
Folder 12: Andrews and Punchard, editors of the Boston Traveller . A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold., 24 May 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. The critic of Caroline Chesebro's Isa, a Pilgrimage declines to have his name revealed. The editors do not entirely agree with his views.
Folder 13: Anthon, Charles, 1787-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allen Poe, 1 June 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Explains two Hebrew phrases, Isaiah 34.10 and Ezekiel 35.7.
Folder 14: Anthon, Charles, 1897-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allen Poe, 2 November 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. His recent interview with the Harper's on Poe's behalf accomplished little. Advises Poe call in person. Expresses admiration for his work.
Folder 15: Anthon, John, 1784-1863. A.L.S. to C. F. Hoffman, 30 May 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Encloses a translation of [Meunch-] Bellinghausen's The Son of the Wilderness, from the German, by the writer's son [Charles Edward]. The translation was published by Ludwig and Co., New York, 1848.
Folder 16: Appleton, D. and Co. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 December 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Translated tales by [Johann Heinrich Daniel] Zschokke, already published by Appleton, proved financial failure. The firm is unwilling to try others.
Folder 17: Appleton, D. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 August 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Is sorry for Griswold's illness; asks whether he will be able to finish his forthcoming book [The Republican Court].
Folder 18: Appleton, D. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 9 March 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Additions to the new edition of Griswold's Republic Court will have to be placed at the end. Can he supply additional pages for each number?
Folder 19: Appleton, D. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 17 May 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. It is too late to use additional material for the number edition of the Republican Court.
Folder 20: Appleton, George Swett, 1821-1878. A.L.S.to R. W. Griswold, 19 March 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks him to engage someone to copy the portraits to be engraved for the new edition of his Republican Court.
Folder 21: Appleton, George Swett, 1821-1878. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 10 February 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for the lettering of a portrait of Mrs. Thomas Lindall Winthrop, for the supplement to his Republican Court.
Folder 22: Armstrong, K[osciuszko].A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 17 August 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Refutes certain aspersions cast upon his father, Gen. [John?] Armstrong, in Miner's History of Wyoming.
Folder 23: Atwood, John M. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 December 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Asks Griswold's authority for his remark that Benjamin Franklin's conduct in Paris was such that John Adams would not permit him to visit his family. Refers to a recent Franklin celebration in Boston in better taste than the usual in Massachusetts.
Folder 24: Audubon, Victor Gifford, 1809-1860. A.L.S to R. W. Griswold, 1 September 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Writes for his father, John James Audubon, giving biographical data, and information about Birds of America and Quadrupeds of America. Offers a portrait.
Folder 25: Bailey, Margaret Lucy (Shands), b. 1812. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 October 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Sends poems for The Female Poets of America with autobiographical data for the same book.
Folder 26: Baird, Henry Cary, 1825-1912. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 December 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Reassures Griswold about the appearance of an edition of The Poets of America, which he feared had been botched. Is sending his own article on Gen. William A. Washington, written for Godey's Lady's Book, for Griswold's opinion.
Folder 27: Baird, Henry Cary, 1825-1912. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 January 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Accepts his offer to edit [Thomas] Campbell's [Specimens of the] British Poets.
Folder 28: Baird, Henry Cary, 1825-1912. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 March 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Encloses some sketches for Redfield's "Book of Biographies." Wants his own biography of Gen. Scott substituted for the one previously printed.
Folder 29: Balch, Thomas, 1821-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 December 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Encloses a photograph of Mrs. Benedict Arnold taken from the original by Sir Thomas Lawrence; offers one of Miss Galloway of Maryland.
Folder 30: Balch, Thomas, 1821-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 April n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
38 South Thirteenth. An invitation to dine.
Folder 31: Balmanno, Robert, 1780-1861. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 [July] 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks some questions about an article on [William Andrew?] Chatto's book on wood-engraving, which he is writing for [Graham's Magazine]. Urges Griswold to adopt wood-engraving for his illustrations. Quotes Park [Benjamin] as having expected to be joint editor [of Graham's Magazine].
Folder 32: Robert Balmanno, 1780-1861. A.L.S. to John Keese, 1842[?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Thanks Keese for introducing him to Griswold, "the kindest most generous and amiable man I ever yet knew." Asks for a copy of Forest Life.
Folder 33: Barlow, Joel,1754-1812. Ms. by unidentified writer., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical data on Joel Barlow. At the end, a letter to R. W. Griswold. Suggests sources for Barlow's biography, and selections from his work.
Folder 34: Barnes, Albert, 1798-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 July 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Sends autobiographical data and list of works.
Folder 35: Barnes, A. S. & Co. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 April 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks Griswold to help Henry L. Cheever edit the works of Walter Colton, by sending any easly publications by Colton that he may have.
Folder 36: Bates, David. 1809-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Asks the reason for the omission of his name from the current edition of The Poets of America.
Folder 37: Beach, Alfred Ely, 1826-1896. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 August 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Suggests an editorial position for Griswold on The Illustrated News.
Folder 38: Beach, Samuel. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 April 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Asks Griswold to examine some selections from his poem Escala for The Poets of America, and comments on his virtues.
Folder 39: Beach, Thomas. A.L.S. to George R. Graham, 30 May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Indignantly protests against Graham's accusation that Beach had copied his "The Capture and the Escape" from an English journal, and gives some of his sources for the story.
Folder 40: Bean, A. H. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 January 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends a few of his writings, with hopes for Griswold's recovery.
Folder 41: Bean, Mary T., c. 1813-c. 1875) to ---, 13 May [1850]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Sends a copy of the last poem written by Frances Osgood: "You've woven roses round my way."
Folder 42: Beck, C. F. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
310 Chestnut St. Sends two volumes of the Southern Literary Messenger, containing articles by [Thomas?] Balch.
Folder 43: [Belcher, J. Henshaw] Autograph draft., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical sketch of Gov. Jonathan Belcher.
Folder 44: Benjamin Park, 1809-1884. A.L.S. to George R. Graham, 19 October 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Requests the loan of some wood blocks for the New World. Offers to get an Longfellow to write an occasional poem for $20.00 although he asks for $25.00. Thanks Poe for his notice.
Folder 45: Benjamin Park, 1809-1884. A.L.S. to R.W. Griswold, 9 February [1841?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Permits the use of his work and portrait [for The Poets of America?].
Folder 46: Benjamin Park, 1809-884. A.L.S to George R. Graham, 26 October [1842?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Encloses two sonnets. Thanks him for the loan of autograph woodblocks.
Folder 47: Benjamin Park, 1809-1884. A.L.S. to R.W. Griswold, 20 December 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Plans for publication of Brother Jonathan.
Folder 48: Benjamin Park, 1809-1884 A.L.S. to [George R. Graham], 19 June n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends an article and informs Graham that he will draw on him later in payment for that and other contributions.
Folder 49: Benton, Joel, 1832-1911. A.L.S. to W.M. Griswold, 3 March 1896Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Asks to borrow the [Thomas Holley] Chivers correspondence in Griswold's possession. Describes his difficulty in placing his article on Chivers.
Folder 50: Benton, Joel, 1832-1911. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 18 January 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Would like to see an article and letter by W[arfield] C[reath] Richardson on the Poe-Chivers controversy. Inquires about the identity of "Fiat Justitia" [a pseudonym of Thomas Holley Chivers]. Desires personal data on Chivers.
Folder 51: Benton, Joel, 1832-1911. A.L.S  to [W. M. Griswold], 21 January 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Mentions a forthcoming article of his own, "Poe's Own Opinion of the Raven." Knows little of the Detroit Poe Collection. Asks if Chivers was "Fiat Justitia," or used other pseudonyms also.
Folder 52: Benton, Joel, 1832-1911. Printed article [from Collier's Weekly], 31 October - 7 November [1895]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Article [from Collier's Weekly], "The Precursor of Poe."
Folder 53: Bethune, George Washington, 1805-1862. Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"Night Study." Printed in Bethune, G. W., Lays of Love and Faith, Philadelphia [1847], p. 58.
Folder 54: Bickely, George W.L.  A.L.S. to Justus Starr Redfield, 23 January 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cincinnati, O.H. Summarizes his experience as author of a novel, Adalaska, editor of the West American Review, and writer for the Parlor Magazine. Suggests that Redfield should sponsor a monthly literary review with Bickley as editor. Outlines his scheme for publication.
Folder 55: Binner, G. W. A.L.S to  [--- Furness?], 19 July 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Encloses a notice of Prof. [Andrews] Norton.
Folder 56: Binney, Barnabas, 1751-1787. Ms. by unidentified writer, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical data. On p. 3 is added biographical sketch of Samuel Eddy.
Folder 57: Bisbee, Lucian I.  A.L.S  to R. W. Griswold, 18 February 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Outlines his editorial plans for The Athenaeum. Greeley promises to write, if Griswold will help.
Folder 58: Blake, John Lauris, 1788-1857. A.L.S  to R. W. Griswold, 13 December 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Orange, N.J. Sends for Griswold's criticism proofs of his articles on [James Fenimore] Cooper and Isaac Collins.
Folder 59: Blunt, Joseph, 1792-1860. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 10 September 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Ithaca, N.Y. Dissuades Griswold from leaving the state to avoid possible judgment against him for debt. Promises him aid.
Folder 60: Bogart, Elizabeth, b. 1806. Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"I'm weary with thinking!"
Folder 61: Bogart, Elizabeth, b. 1806. Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Portrait."
Folder 62: Bogart, Elizabeth, b.1806. Ms. sketch, signed, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Death of the Gifted."
Folder 63: Boker, George Henry, 1823-1890. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 May 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Walnut St. Encloses "a quantity of his poetical rubbish."
Folder 64: Botta, Anne Charlotte (Lynch), 1820-1891. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, [1848?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "Friday morning-27." Thanks Poe for his commendation of her poems [Poems, 1848?]. Encourages him not to give way to despondency.

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