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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 630: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 January 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Encloses a letter of introduction to Judge [Daniel Elliott] Huger of South Carolina. Promises a portrait and some selections from his work for The Prose Writers of America. Suggests that [Philip Pendleton] Cooke's poems might be published by Park Benjamin in Baltimore.
Folder 631: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 September 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Will send shortly some pamphlets and his portrait.  Sends by the same mail his Green Mount Address.
Folder 632: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 13 January 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Annapolis, M.D. Inquires about the progress of Prose Writers of America, and about the engraving of the writer's portrait for it.
Folder 633: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 25 April 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. An invitation to the Maryland Historical Society. Signed also with names of Brantz Mayer and J. Morrison Harris, but in Kennedy's hand.
Folder 634: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, October 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Eulogy of [James] Fenimore Cooper.
Folder 635: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Ill health prevents the writer's attending the commemoration of [James Fenimore] Cooper, to be held on December 24 in New York.
Folder 636: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 September 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Ellicotts Mills, M.D. Gives some information about Mrs. Henrietta (Chew) Carroll for Griswold's Republican Court.
Folder 637: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 10 February 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Attributes The Partisan Leader to [Nathaniel] Beverley Tucker. Recommends a poem by George Wentz, "The Battle of the Bees," for publication in Putnam's.
Folder 638: Kennedy, John Pendleton, 1795-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 April 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Has been delayed in sending [George] Wentz's poem. This was undoubtedly "The Battle of the Bees," mentioned in Kennedy's letter to Griswold of 10 February 1856.
Folder 639: Kennedy, Philip Pendleton, 1808[?]-1864. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 28 November 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Martinsburg, Berkley Co., V.A. Describes some of his writings which might be suitable for publication in the International [Monthly Magazine].
Folder 640: Kercheval, Andrew W., A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 January 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Romney, Hampshire Co., V.A. Suggests the establishment of a magazine to republish the English classics.
Folder 641: Kidney, John Steinfort, 1819-1911. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 March 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Morgantown, Burke Co., N.C. Encloses a poem for Graham's, and mentions others. Congratulates Griswold and the readers of Graham's that [Louis LeGrand Noble's poem] "Nimahmin" is to be published.
Folder 642: Kimball, Richard Burleigh, 1816-1892. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 May 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[Seventh St.?] Asks Griswold to complete a notice, undertaken by the writer, of a book by [John Esaias] Warren. Mentions Warren's Vagamundo.
Folder 643: Kimball, Richard Burleigh, 1816-1892. A.L.S. to Alice Cary, 1 September 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
West Lebanon, N.H. Invites her to visit.
Folder 644: Kimball, Richard Burleigh, 1816-1892. A.L.S. to Alice Cary, 5 September 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
West Lebanon, N.H. Describes the pleasures of country life and again invites her to visit.
Folder 645: Kimball, Richard Burleigh, 1816-1892. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 July 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
West Lebanon, N.H. Commiserates with Griswold on his ill health.
Folder 646: King, Charles, 1789-1867. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 March [?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Col[umbia] Coll[ege]. Encloses a memoir of his mother [Mary (Alsop) King] and an extract from a letter of John Adams to Rufus King on the occasion of the latter's marriage.
Folder 647: King, Charles, 1789-1867. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 May n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Col[umbia] College. Outlines the procedure in recommending Dr. [Martin Brewer?] Anderson for an LL.D.
Folder 648: Kinney, Elizabeth Clementine (Dodge) Stedman, 1810-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 30 January 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Park House, Newark. Sends a critique of Mrs. [Frances (Sargent)] Osgood's Poems. Dr. [Abraham] Coles is relieved to have been left out [of the tenth edition of Griswold's Poets and Poetry of America].
Folder 649: Kinney, William Burnet, 1799-1880. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 August 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Newark. Gives biographical data, and encloses some poems, including "The Spirit of Song" of his wife, Mrs. [Elizabeth Clementine (Dodge) Stedman] Kinney.
Folder 650: Kohl, Johann Georg, 1808-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 17 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brooklyn, N.Y. Congress St. Hopes Griswold is recovering his health.
Folder 651: L. S. Y.; Mss. poems, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"A Dream," "Time," and "The Voices of the Winds."
Folder 652: L., V.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Senate Chamber. Tuesday. Describes the election of S[amuel] S[hethar] Phelps as United States Senator.
Folder 653: Langley, Henry G.  A.L. to R. W. Griswold, 3 February 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for a list of "small fry" English poetasters, whom the writers (with [John Louis] O'Sullivan) propose to attack in the Democratic Review.
Folder 654: Langley, J. and H.G.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 November 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Inquires concerning "the manuscript of Dana's," possession of which would ward off criticism of [Benjamin Moore] Norman's book on Yucatan.
Folder 655: Lanman, Charles, 1819-1895. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 31 March 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Discusses the writer's retirement to the country, and his book Summer Hours.
Folder 656: Lawson, Mary Lockhart  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Asks Griswold to have her name restored to the list of contributors to Graham's.
Folder 657: Lea and Blanchard. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 28 September 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. An offer to print Poe's Tales [of the Grotesque and Arabesque].
Folder 658: Lea and Blanchard. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 16[?] August 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Lea and Blanchard are unable to publish a new collection of Poe's tales.
Folder 659: Ledyard, John, 1751-1789. A.L.S. to Thomas and George Ledyard, 23 February 1785Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
L'Orient, France. Describes his life in France and his prospects.
Folder 660: Ledyard, John, 1751-1789. Ms. copy of letter to Abigail Moore, June 1788Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
London, Eng. An account of the writer's exploits, and plans for further travel.
Folder 661: Lee, Arthur [Tracy, d.1879?] A.L.S. to George Rex Graham, 14 May 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
St. Augustine, E.F. (F.L.) Encloses a poem for Graham's.
Folder 662: Legaré, James Mathews, 1823-1859. A.L.S. to Thomas Powell, 16 November 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Aiken, S.C. Praises Powell's book [The Living Authors of England, New York 1849]. Is forwarding his own poems.
Folder 663: Legaré, James Mathews, 1823-1859. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 31 May n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Aiken. Invites Griswold to visit.
Folder 664: Legaré, James Mathews, 1823-1859. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Explains his presence in New York; hopes to meet Griswold there.
Folder 665: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 30 January 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Expresses contempt for George [Rex] Graham's criticism. Encloses some notices. Has just finished an article on art.
Folder 666: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 25 September 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. News of the death of the writer's mother. Discusses means of promoting the Knickerbocker [Gallery]. Mentions possible publication of the writer's Poetry and Mystery of Dreams by Scribners.
Folder 667: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 9 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. Has written notices of Griswold's Republican Court for the [Philadelphia] Inquirer, Arthur's [Home Magazine], Fitzgerald's City Item, and Bizarre. Is making other efforts to promote the book.
Folder 668: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 28 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. Praises Griswold's Republican Court. Asks him to recommend publication of the writer's book [Poetry and Mystery of Dreams] to [D.] Appleton [and Co.].
Folder 669: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 26 January 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. Mentions [George G.] Foster's forgery. Asks for a copy of Alice Cary's poems, of which he will write a notice. Ridicules "the Chess-poem" by "Mother" [Mrs. Anna?] Bache.
Folder 670: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 27 March 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. Asks Griswold to speed the publication of Meister Karl['s Sketchbook]. Mentions a sale of [Edward Duffield?] Ingraham's books. Praises [Horace Binney] Wallace's book [Art, Scenery and Philosophy in Europe].
Folder 671: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 7 July 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office Evening Bulletin. Philadelphia, P.A. Inquires about the terms of his contract with [Justus Starr] Redfield for Meister Karl['s Sketch Book].
Folder 672: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 12 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Bulletin Office. Philadelphia, P.A. Sends the prospectus of Meister Karl['s Sketch Book] and mentions his dedication of the book to Griswold.
Folder 673: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 26 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office Evening Bulletin. Does not understand why Griswold has refused to have Meister Karl['s Sketch Book] dedicated to him.
Folder 674: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 10 June 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
La Piene (?) Hotel. Philadelphia, P.A. Is sending a copy of Heny [Perry Leland]'s "Gray Bay Mare." Mentions a letter of Washington Irving praising Meister Karl['s Sketch Book]. Will probably not have his "Sloper" ready for publication by [James Cephas] Derby by fall.
Folder 675: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 9 October 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office Evening Bulletin. Philadelphia. Asks for help with publishers in obtaining advertisements and books for notice in <span style="font-style: italic;">Graham's Ladies' Paper</span>, of which the writer is editor.
Folder 676: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 8 February 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Girard House. Philadelphia, P.A. Expresses regret at Griswold's ill health. Complains of overwork, and reminisces about his days as Griswold's assistant on the Illustrated News.
Folder 677: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 30 March 1857Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Graham's Illustrated Magazine. Sympathy over Griswold's illness. Inquires about the Rev. Asahel Abbott, the author of "Pandora," a work on mythology. Comments on his own work for Graham's Magazine.
Folder 678: Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 366 Locust St. Philadelphia, P.A. Mentions the sale of Griswold's Republican Court. Asks about the cost of printing his [Poetry and Mystery of] Dreams himself. Discusses his maltreatment by [D.] Appleton [and Co.].
Folder 679: Leslie, Eliza, 1787-1858. A.L.A. to George Rex Graham, 8 February 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 399 Chesnut [sic] St. Sends an article for the April number of Graham's. Wants the public to know that what she writes she writes for the magazine "(during the year 1842) will be literal truth, without the slightest mixture of fiction."
Folder 680: Lewis, Estelle Anna Blanche (Robinson), 1824-1880. A.L. to George Rex Graham, 12 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Troy. Is sending "Landon," "Sappho," "Gertrude," "The Ennuyée," and "The Maiden's Grief" for Graham's, with suggestions for their illustrations.
Folder 681: Lewis, Estelle Anna Blanche (Robinson), 1824-1880. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 20 September [1850]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
125 Dean St. Discusses Poe's authorship of a sketch of the writer in Female Poets of America, à propos of some correspondence published in the third volume of Griswold's edition of Poe's works [The Literati (New York 1850), p. vi]. Sends a poem, "Aureana." Expects [John?] Cheney to finish her portrait soon.
Folder 682: Lewis, Estelle Anna Blanche (Robinson), 1824-1880. A.L.S. to ----, 4 April n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Discusses a proposed collected edition of her poems. Sends a letter regarding the sale of her Child of the Sea in Albany.
Folder 683: Lewis, Sylvanus D.  A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 2 November 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brooklyn, N.Y. Asks whether any poems of Mrs. [Estelle] Anna [Blanche (Robinson)] Lewis are to be included in the new edition of Griswold's Poets and Poetry of America. Sends her poem "The Broken Heart." Offers to "satisfy" Griswold for any trouble he may take in the matter.
Folder 684: Lewis, Sylvanus D.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 September 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brooklyn, N.Y. Offers to pay for the stereotyping of a rewritten sketch of Mrs. [Estelle Anna Blanche (Robinson)] Lewis for Griswold's Female Poets of America. Explains the error in printing her name as "Sarah Anna." Sends some of her poems from current periodicals: "The Angel's Visit," "The Orphan's Hymn," "To My Guitar," and some of her late sonnets.
Folder 685: Lewis, Sylvanus D.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 2 February 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brooklyn, N.Y. Asks Griswold to call, to consult with Mrs. [Estelle Anna Blanche (Robinson)] L[ewis] "about some particular literary matters."
Folder 686: Lewis, Tayler, 1802-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 April 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Schenectady, N.Y. Sends a list [pp. 2, 3, and 4] of his own writings. Invites Griswold to visit.
Folder 687: Lewis, Tayler, 1802-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 May 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Union College, Schenectady, N.Y. Asks Griswold to help promote the sale of copies of an address, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society of Union College by the writer.
Folder 688: Lewis, Tayler, 1802-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 January 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Schenectady, N.Y. Union College. Discusses the suitability of his own writing for publication in Griswold's paper [The Illustrated News]. Mentions his work on The Six Days of Creation [Schenectady 1855].
Folder 689: Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872. A.L.S. to ----, 20 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Columbia. S.C. Cannot attend [the Cooper memorial], but recommends that the statue [of James Fenimore Cooper] be erected in New York, not in Washington.

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