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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 690: Lieber, Francis, 1800-1872. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 16 September 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Will send Griswold some of his pamphlets if desired.
Folder 691: Lippard, George, 1822-1854. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 November 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia. Is unable to find a missing valise of Poe. Mentions Philadelphians who contributed to Poe's support the previous summer.
Folder 692: Lippincott, Sarah Jane (Clarke), (Grace Greenwood, pseud.), 1823-1904. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 May 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
386 Arch St. Philadelphia. Is sending a copy of the Phrenological Journal, containing a biographical notice of the writer, which Griswold is to use in rewriting his notice of her in Female Poets of America. Asks him to make some other corrections. Signed "Grace Greenwood."
Folder 693: Lippincott, Sarah Jane, 1823-1904; Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Lover of His Faithless Mistress."
Folder 694: Littell, Eliakim, 1797-1870. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 30 November 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston. Discusses plans for enlarging [Littell's] Living Age to 64 pages, and for a new 144-page monthly [Panorama of Life and Literature]. Needs capital, and asks Griswold to help edit.
Folder 695: Little, Sophia Louisa (Robbins), b. 1799; Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Biographical data on Mrs. Little [for Female Poets of America].
Folder 696: Lloyd, William. A.L.S. to James Mease, 13 June 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Freehold, N.J. Biographical information about Philip Frenau, and circumstances of his death.
Folder 697: Locke, Jane Ermina (Stockweather), 1805-1859. A.L.S. to Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Hewitt Stebbins, 6 January 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
61 Federal St. Boston. Inquires about the omission of the writer's poems from The Memorial [to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood].
Folder 698: Locke, Jane Ermina (Stockweather), 1805-1859. A.L.S. to Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Hewitt Stebbins, 13 January [1851]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
62 Federal St. Boston. Discusses Griswold's injustice to the writer, in omitting her from The Memorial [to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood] and from Female Poets of America. Mentions a sentence left out of a letter from Poe to the writer, quoted in Griswold's memoir of Poe.
Folder 699: Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 28 September 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cambridge. Declines to be drawn into controversy over Poe's charges that Longfellow plagarized Poe's "Haunted Palace" in his "The Beleaguered City."
Folder 700: Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 14 June 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Poughkeepsie. Discusses two portraits of Mrs. [Martha (Dandridge) Custis] Washington for Griswold's Republican Court.
Folder 701: Lossing, Benson John, 1813-1891. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 November 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Will furnish Griswold with some material about the Schuyler papers upon the writer's return from Virginia, where he is to be married.
Folder 702: Ludewig, Hermann, Ernst, 1810-1856; Ms., [12 December 1856]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Obituary notice of Ludewig.
Folder 703: Ludewig, Hermann, Ernst, 1810-1856.; Ms., [12 December 1856]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Continuation of obituary notice of Ludewig. On the same page, in a different hand, note about Ludewig's "Books in Ana," a supplement to his French catalogue [Le Livret des Ana: éssai de Catalogue Manuel, Dresden 1837].
Folder 704: Lunt, George, 1803-1885. A.L.S. to George Pope Morris, 28 April 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston. Sends a substitute contribution for "Mr. Clark's Memorial."
Folder 705: Lytton, Rosina Doyle, 1802-1882. A.L.S. to [Stringer and Townsend], 6 February 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
London. Proposes to write a book on the United States, if [Stringer and Townsend] will guarantee her £1800. Mentions her legal difficulties.
Folder 706: Magoon, Elias Lyman, 1810-1886. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Expresses sympathy for Griswold's ill health.
Folder 707: Mancur, John Henry. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 August 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, L.I. Discusses suitability of the writer's "De Pontis" for magazine publication. Encloses a sketch for Graham's, the "Widow of Newbury." Needs money and suggests an arrangement whereby he would contribute exclusively to Graham's.
Folder 708: Mancur, John Henry. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 28 November 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Schermerhorn St. Brooklyn. Refers to the death of Griswold's wife and son. Complains that his own literary earnings are less than [Nathaniel Parker] Willis's. Prefers, therefore, not to restrict the length of his contributions to Graham's.
Folder 709: Mann, Daniel.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 January 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston. Recalls his early acquaintance with Griswold in Calais, Maine. Is sending his book "Wolfsden."
Folder 710: Mansfield, Lewis William.  A.L.S. to ----, 8 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Cohoes. Albany Co. Encloses a poem, unnamed, for publication. On verso a canceled poem, "Crossing the Seas."
Folder 711: Marcy, Dr. Erastus Edgerton, b. 1815. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Friday, 2 o'clock. The writer will be late in joining Griswold at Mrs. James's.
Folder 712: Marguerittes, Julie (Granville) comtesse de, 1814-1866.; Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Copy of biographical notice from the Home Journal.
Folder 713: Marshall, Charles.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 13 February 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia. Is sending a copy of Dr. [William] Valentine's Budget of Wit and Humor, which Marshall has just published. Inquires about a novel by Mrs. C[atherine] A[nn] [(Ware)] Warfield.
Folder 714: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. D. to R. W. Griswold, 26 August 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Printed notice of hte addressee's election as an associate member of the "American Copy-right Club."
Folder 715: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 4 April 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
14 Pine Street. Encloses a check to cover Griswold's expenses at Washington on behalf of the Copyright Club. Asks for some volumes of poetry.
Folder 716: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 September 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Encloses proofs of Miss E[lizabeth] Barrett's poems. Reminds Griswold to answer a letter from [Evert Augustus] Duyckinck. Asks for copies of Griswold's Poets and Poetry of England in the Nineteenth Century and The Illustrated Book of Christian Ballads.
Folder 717: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 October 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
111 Fulton St. N.Y. Thinks Miss [Elizabeth Barrett] would be pleased to have Griswold write a notice of her poems. Mentions [Louis Antione] Godey's "Portrait Gallery" as competition for Graham's.
Folder 718: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 January 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Encloses some clippings regarding the writer's<span style="font-style: italic;"> Behemoth: a Legend of the Mound Builders</span> [New York 1839]. Asks to be paid for and article.
Folder 719: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Saturday. Asks payment for an article [in the Illustrated News].
Folder 720: Mathews, Cornelius, 1817-1889. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Asks about publication in Philadelphia of the writer's "Puffer Hopkins." [Every Augustus] Duyckinck would like a set of plates of The Gift for 1842 and 1843. Also asks for return of the autograph sonnets of Miss [Elizabeth] Barrett.
Folder 721: Maupin, S.  A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 30 September 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond. Offers a position as teacher of French to M. C. Auguste Dubouchet, a friend of Poe.
Folder 722: McDougall, Frances Harriet (Whipple) Green, 1805-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 30 October 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Stamford, C.T. Asks for copies of Griswold's book [Female Poets of America] and Miss [Anne Charlotte] Lynch's [Poems, 1848?] for review [in The Young People's Journal of Science, Literature and Art]. Mentions the ending of her connection with the Univercoelum [and Spiritual Philosopher].
Folder 723: McDougall, Frances Harriet, 1805-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 October n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Brooklyn, No. 85 Prince St. Asks return of a volume of The Young People's Journal [of Science, Literature, and Art] and some of the writer's manuscripts.
Folder 724: McDougall, Frances Harriet, 1805-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
No. 56 Rutger Street. Sends her novel The Mechanic [Providence 1842] and some "Mythic stories." Discusses revision of these and other works, for republication. Kate Fox asks that Griswold return her album.
Folder 725: McJilton, John Nelson, 1805-1875. A.N.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 13 August [1841]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Disclaims any knowledge of the cipher sent Poe by "Timotheus Wackemwell."
Folder 726: MacKellar, Thomas, 1812-1899. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 5 July 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia. Autobiographical data [for the sixteenth edition of Poets and Poetry of America].
Folder 727: Mackenzie, Helen (Douglas).  A.L.S. to ----, 24 February 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[Kelloe, Scotland?] Is sending her book [Life in the Mission, the Camp, and the Zenáná, London 1853]. Asks for copies of notices it receives in American reviews.
Folder 728: Mackenzie, Robert Shelton, 1808-1881. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Daily Times, N.Y. Explains his objections to Griswold's printing of Poe's "Raven" in short-measured lines, in Poets and Poetry of America.
Folder 729: McLellan, Isaac, 1806-1899.; Ms. poem, 28 June n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston. "Female Kindness."
Folder 730: Messinger, Robert Hinckley, 1811-1874.; Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Biographical data.
Folder 731: Miles, Pliny, 1818-1865. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 January 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Wishes Griswold a pleasant journey to the West Indies for his health.
Folder 732: Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908. A.L.S. to [William?] Townsend, 27 June 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Norwich, Conn. Sends an advertisement for the fourth edition of The Lorgnette. Mentions some financial arrangements [with Stringer and Townsend].
Folder 733: Mitchell, John Kearsley, 1793-1858.; Ms., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Biographical data.
Folder 734: Moore, Frank, 1828-1904. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 November 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
San Francisco, Cal. Complains about the slowness of government mail steamers from New York to California. Describes conditions [in San Francisco]. Mentions [James] Bayard Taylor.
Folder 735: Moore, Frank, 1828-1904. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 26 December 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Is sending a copy of his Songs and Ballads [of the American Revolution (New York 1856)]. Mentions the Tribune's attack on Griswold.
Folder 736: Moore, Frank, 1828-1904. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 March 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks Griswold's consent to Moore's writing a continuation of the Republican Court for [D.] Appleton [& Co.].
Folder 737: Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 June [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Sunday Eve. Has sent sketches of Generals Heath, Spencer, Thomas, and Huntington [for Griswold's Washington and the Generals of the American Revolution (Philadelphia 1847)] and will send others.
Folder 738: Morris, George Pope, 1802-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 25 November 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Begs Griswold not to be offended at "an oversight"; blames Griswold, not himself. Not explained.
Folder 739: Morris, George Pope, 1802-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 June 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Suggests the inclusion of some additional poems by the writer [in the sixteenth edition of Poets and Poetry of America (Philadelphia 1855)] and asks Griswold to mention "the English opinion" of the writer's work in his note.
Folder 740: Morris, George Pope, 1802-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 March 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Encloses proof of an article [for the Home Journal] in which the writer has included some references to Griswold among extracts from the criticism of [Horace Binney] Wallace.
Folder 741: Mulchinock, William Pembroke, 1820-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 April 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 2557 P.O. New York. Is sending his book. Says he is starving, and asks Griswold's help in securing a position.
Folder 742: Murray, O. S.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 June 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Telegraph Office, Brandon, Vt. Invites Griswold to make an anti-slavery address in Brandon on July 4, [1838].
Folder 743: N. W.; Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "To ----."
Folder 744: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 27 February 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Complains about Griswold's selections of the writer's work for Poets and Poetry of America. Discusses which of his works would be suitable [for Prose Writers of America]. Refers Griswold to biographical accounts of him in Blackwood's and the New York Mirror.
Folder 745: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 March 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Discusses his novel Brother Jonathan [Edinburgh 1825] and other prose work suitable [for Griswold's Prose Writers of America]. Will send some poems.
Folder 746: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to Mary Sargent (Neal) Gove Nichols, 30 November 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Gives his view of his own work. Discusses [Edgar Allan] Poe's opinion of him.
Folder 747: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, [25 April 1846]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. A friendly letter, asking for Mrs. Osgood's poems, and a lock of Poe's hair for the writer's daughter Mary.
Folder 748: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, 22 May 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Thanks her for her book [Poems, 1846?]. Mentions the death of his infant daughter Nelly.
Folder 749: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to [Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Hewitt Stebbins], 4 January 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Thanks her for a "volume of songs." Sends a greeting to Mrs. [Elizabeth] Oakes [(Prince)] Smith. Inquires when [The Memorial to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood] will appear.
Folder 750: Neal, John, 1793-1876. A.L.S. to Mary Elizabeth (Moore) Hewitt Stebbins, 27 January 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland. Thanks her for a copy of The Memorial [to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood], which he praises. Mentions Mrs. [Elizabeth] Oakes [(Prince)] Smith.
Folder 751: Neal, John, 1793-1876.; Ms. poem, 1828Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "The Disappointed One."
Folder 752: Neal, John, 1793-1876.; Ms. poem, 1828Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "The Ideot-Boy."
Folder 753: Neal, John, 1793-1876.; Ms. poem, 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "The Departed."
Folder 754: Neal, John, 1793-1876.; Ms. poem, 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "Lines to her who will understand them."

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