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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 365: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 5 June 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Answers Griswold's inquiries about several poets.
Folder 366: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 10 July 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Offers [James Russell] Lowell's daguerrotype but cannot get [John Greenleaf] Whittier's. Might find [Henry] Pickering's Buckwheat Cake.
Folder 367: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 July 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Sends a copy of [Henry] Pickering's Buckwheat Cake. Praises Alice Cary's poetry.
Folder 368: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston,M.A. Describes the favorable reception of Griswold's new book [the sixteenth edition of The Poets of America?]. Has sent a review to the Boston Transcript.
Folder 369: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Explains the Boston Transcript's opposition to printing his review of Griswold's book [The Poets of America].
Folder 370: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 January 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Asks about Griswold's health.
Folder 371: Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Saturday. Encourages Griswold against critics.
Folder 372: Fisher, E. Burke. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 9 July 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Pittsburgh, P.A. Commends a review [of Nathaniel Parker Willis's Tortesa, the Userer], written by Poe for the [Pittsburgh Literary] Examiner. The [Southern Literary] Messenger is "shocked to twaddleism with lemonade stories." Discusses the future conduct of the magazine, and Poe's projected work for it.
Folder 373: Flagg, Edmund, 1815-1890. A.L.S. to [George Rex] Graham, 4 July 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Marietta, O.H. Offers some of his tales [for Graham's Magazine]. Describes his literary career.
Folder 374: Flint, Timothy, 1780-1840. A.L.S. to Thomas W. White, 20 November 1834Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Alexandria Red River, L.A. Praises the [Southern Literary] Messenger.
Folder 375: Fosdick, William Whiteman, 1825-1862. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 347 Broadway, (New York?). Thursday morning. A letter of thanks for a favor [a criticism?].
Folder 376: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 30 September 1834Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Oswego, N.Y. Expresses his warm affection for Griswold. Begs him to come to Oswego.
Folder 377: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 October 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mobile, A.L. Wishes to renew their correspondence "now that time and fate have wrought upon us both." Approves of Griswold's plan for a magazine.
Folder 378: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 February [1854]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Moyamensing Prison. Asks Griswold's help towards his release.
Folder 379: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 14 March [1854?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Moyamensing Jail. Asks for a definite answer to his appeal.
Folder 380: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 March 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Moyamensing. Asks Griswold's help in getting him $200 for bail.
Folder 381: Foster, George G., 1810-1856. Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Autobiographical data.
Folder 382: Francis, John Wakefield, 1789-1861. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Praises Griswold's Republican Court [New York 1855]. Thanks him for the dedication.
Folder 383: Freeman, Anna Mary; Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"Lines on seeing some Jessamine Flowers."
Folder 384: Omitted in numberingAdd to your cart.
Folder 385: Frothingham, Nathaniel Langdon, 1793-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 27 June 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Reports his call on Miss Eliza Townsend, with information about her life and poems.
Folder 386: Frothingham, Nathaniel Langdon, 1793-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 13 January 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Gives autobiographical data, with permission to use his poems for The Poets of America.
Folder 387: Fuller, Hiram, c.1815-1880. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, [1842?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Praises [Charles] Dickens's [American] Notes. Reports Mr. Osgood's lecture on "Destiny." Encloses a note from Mrs. Elliott. Comments on "Ellen," and bespeaks Mrs. Osgood's interest in her.
Folder 388: Fuller, Hiram, c.1815-1880. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, 5 February 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Providence, R.I. Comments on a recent letter from her, and writes at length of "Ellen." Praises the Boston Pioneer. Will send her a letter to introduce F. Rakenau, a young musician.
Folder 389: Furness, William Henry, 1802-1896. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 October 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Asks for the pamphlet edition of his translation of The Poor Vicar [by Johann Heinrich Zschokke]. On the same sheet as a letter from Parry & McMillan to R. W. Griswold, 3 October 1855.
Folder 390: Gaines, Myra (Clark), 1805-1885. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 January 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington City. Thanks him for his support [in her recent lawsuit].
Folder 391: Gales, Joseph, 1786-1860. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 March 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington. Is gratified by Griswold's review of his writings.
Folder 392: Gales & Seaton. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 June 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office of the National Intelligencer. Accept Griswold's proposed weekly contributions on literature and philosophy for the National Intelligencer.
Folder 393: Gallagher, William Davis, 1808-1894. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 10 March 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cincinnati, O.H. Asks to have his paper [the Cincinnati Daily Gazette] added to the exchange list of the Penn Magazine. Sends a copy of Selections from the Poetical Literature of the West [Cincinnati 1841; compiled by Gallagher].
Folder 394: Gallagher, William Davis, 1808-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 4 May 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Is pleased by the sympathetic feeling between Griswold and [T. H.] Shreve. Regrets Hine's attack on Alice [Cary]. Praises her Lyra [New York 1852], and Griswold's vindication of Miss Cary in the New York Mirror. Griswold's article on American female writers in the Westminster [Review] "raised a storm."
Folder 395: Gillespie, William Mitchell, 1816-1868. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
n.p. Saturday morning. Asks for an opportunity to copy Poe's remarks in praise of [Frances] Osgood.
Folder 396: Gillis, Charles J. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 July 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Lowell, M.A. Requests Griswold's supervision and the use of his name for Poets and Poetry of Massachusetts, compiled "by a young man of no particular literary reputation."
Folder 397: Gilman, Caroline (Howard), 1794-1888. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Charleston, S.C. Consults him about the publication of a uniform edition of her works.
Folder 398: Gilman, Caroline (Howard), 1794-1888. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 1 July [1852?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Charleston, S.C. Asks him to see the Harpers on her behalf in regard to a new eiditon of her writings. Seeks advice about publishing Thoughts of Poets on the Poets.
Folder 399: Gilman, Samuel, 1791-1858. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 November 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Charleston, S.C. Discusses his translations of Boileau and other writings which he wishes to publish in his collected works. Asks Griswold's assistance.
Folder 400: Gleason, Frederick. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 February 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Regrets his inability to use the writings of the Misses Cary [in The Flag of Our Union?].
Folder 401: Gobright, Lawrence Augustus, 1816-1879. A.L.L. to R. W. Griswold, 4 August 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Submits a poem for Graham's Magazine.
Folder 402: Godey, Louis Antoine, 1804-1887. A.L.S.  to George Rex Graham, 18 October 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Asks for an explanation of Graham's "unfair interference" between the writer and Ladd.
Folder 403: Godey, Louis Antoine, 1804-1878. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 1 February 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Asks for Griswold's article "about the Pious Women."
Folder 404: Godey, Louis Antoine, 1804-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 June 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. The corrections have been made in Griswold's article. Asks for the conclusion.
Folder 405: Godwin, Parke, 1816-1904. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 31 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Autobiographical data.
Folder 406: Godwin, Parke, 1816-1904. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Monday morning. Cancels a dinner engagement.
Folder 407: Goodrich, Samuel Griswold, 1793-1860. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 June [1856?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for data for tribute to Griswold's work, to be included in his Recollections [New York 1856].
Folder 408: Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 29 September 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Need copy for Poetry of Love and The Mourner's Gift.
Folder 409: Graham, George Rex, 1813-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 April 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Has a proposal to make, if Griswold has not abandoned editorial work. Approves of Griswold's book [The Poets of America?].
Folder 410: Graham, George Rex, 1813-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Acknowledges Griswold's acceptance of Poe's place as editor of Graham's Magazine.
Folder 411: Graham, George Rex, 1813-1894. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, 8 January 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadephia, P.A. Apologizes for a previous curt letter regarding a draft. Asks for a story "to match 'First Love.'"
Folder 412: Grandey, George W. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 October 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Vergennes, V.T. Asks Griswold to send him the New World.
Folder 413: Grattan, Thomas Colley, 1792-1864. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 6 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington House. Accepts terms for a story, at $5 a page, and sends the manuscript. Probably refers to Grattan's "A Tale of Chamouny," published in Graham's Magazine, October-December 1843.
Folder 414: Gray, John. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 5 July 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Easton, P.A. Gives information about his wife, Jane (Lewers) Gray, and her poetry, for The Female Poets of America. Includes a copy of her poem, "Morn, in imitation of 'Night', by Montgomery."
Folder 415: [Gray, John A.?]. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 2 November 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Excuses his brother's annoyance with Griswold for delaying the publication of a book [the Knickerbocker Gallery, 7 November 1854?]. Asks Griswold to call and settle his account. Gray was the stereotyper for the Knickerbocker Gallery.
Folder 416: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 17 February 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Albany, N.Y. Suggests that he may want Griswold's services [for the New Yorker].
Folder 417: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Commends Griswold's work on the New Yorker, but rebukes his recklessness in leaving [Henry Jarvis] Raymond undirected.
Folder 418: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 5 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks about a missing book, and two articles by [Henry William?] Herbert. Is doing well on the Log. On the same sheet is a letter from H. J. Raymond to Griswold, n.d.
Folder 419: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Estimates Griswold's abilities: "You won't do for a politician, yet you are rather tall in your own department of Literature." Complains about the inexperience of [Henry Jarvis] Raymond, and the rest of the New Yorker staff. "The great beasts [Brother Jonathan and the New World] murder me in the way of circulation." Discusses the affairs of Epes [Sargent], who has left the New World. Asks about the coming Philadelphia Trade-Sale. Recommends his friend W. Falconer to translate Béranger.
Folder 420: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Suggests an appendix to The Poets of America, for casual poets and young writers. Explains his unwillingness to be a candidate for office. Defends The Future, which Griswold has criticized.
Folder 421: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Recommends Dr. William H. Ellet for a professorship in chemistry at Jefferson Medical College, and asks Griswold to inquire about it.
Folder 422: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 July 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Inquires if Griswold means to take over the New Yorker. Asks for a copy of [Theodore] Parker's Sermons.
Folder 423: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 5 November 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Explains his failure to get data on [Lydia Howard (Huntley)] Sigourney. [Henry Jarvis] Raymond is ill.
Folder 424: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 February 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Would like to repeat his "lecture" in Philadelphia. Mentions biographical sketches for [L. I.] Bisbee, which he is willing to write with Griswold's cooperation.
Folder 425: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks Griswold to take over the [New York] Tribune for a few days.
Folder 426: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Plans to start on a western tour. Asks for a copy of The Poets of America.
Folder 427: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 April 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. [Ralph Waldo] Emerson has withdrawn the "Introductory" to his lectures from publication in Graham's Magazine. Contemplates a sketch of the leading Transcendentalists.
Folder 428: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 13 November 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sharply criticizes Griswold's edition of Béranger [The Songs of Béranger in English, Philadelphia 1844]. Asks about Griswold's edition of [Winthrop Mackworth] Praed [New York 1844], and some literary letters [to be published in the New York Tribune?]. Scolds him for repeating a confidence.
Folder 429: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 January 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends a notice of a book by Margaret Fuller [Woman in the Nineteenth Century?].
Folder 430: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 May 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks Griswold's influence with Cary & Hart on behalf of [George G.] Foster's edition of Shelley.
Folder 431: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 July 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for a copy of [Thomas] Hood's works.
Folder 432: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 July 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Summarizes his views on the political economists of the United States. Asks for [Robert] Browning's poems, especially Sordello.
Folder 433: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 July 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks him to read [Papers on Literatiure and Art] by Margaret Fuller. Suggests selections from his own work for The Prose Writer's of America.
Folder 434: Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 August 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends an essay on Thomas Carlyle by [Henry David] Thoreau ["Thomas Carlyle and his Works?"] for Graham's Magazine.

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