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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 875: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 September 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Burlington, V.T. Describes [Charles Gamage] Eastman's pretensions to aristocracy. Reports on meeting [Horace] Greeley. Asks about Griswold's projected anthology [Poets of America, 1842?] and History of Vermont.
Folder 876: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 November 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Burlington, V.T. Requests a loan of [James Gates] Percival's collected Poems and the successive numbers of his Clio.
Folder 877: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 July 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
University of Vermont, Burlington, V.T. Praises Brother Jonathan and describes friends' enthusiastic opinion of it. Dullness of the Vermonter. Tells of college activites and gives gossip of mutual friends.
Folder 878: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 31 October 1839Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
University of Vermont, Burlington, V.T. Comments on the appearance of the New World and Signal, and severely criticizes the Boston Notion. Literary gossip.
Folder 879: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 5 December 1840Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
30 Ann St. (New York). Asks about possible opening with the Boston Times and the Philadelphia weeklies. Describes progress of the Annual [The Biographical Annual, which appeared in 1841?].
Folder 880: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [12 December(?) 1840]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New-Yorker Office. Promises to send [William Cullen] Bryant's American Poets. Asks what is to be done with manuscript of S[amuel] S[idwell] Randall's Life of [Solomon] Southwick.
Folder 881: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [18 December 1840]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office of the New Yorker. Requests a copy of the American Sentinel for Horace Greeley. Reports on the progress of the Biographical Annual and on other literary affairs in New York.
Folder 882: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 February 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Office of the New-Yorker, 30 Ann St. Suggests himself as New York correspondent for the [Philadelphia] Standard. Calls the Future a "stupendous humbug." Gives news of Horace Greeley.
Folder 883: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [9 November 1841?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Encloses biographical sketch of [John Gardiner Calkins] Brainard.
Folder 884: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 21 October 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Promises to send a notice. Has finished his Life of Clay, 198 octavo pages, for [James B.] Swain.
Folder 885: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 February 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Knickerbocker Office, New York. Asks Griswold to send him copy of the Philadelphia Gazette [1837?] containing article on [Nathaniel Parker] Willis.
Folder 886: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 17 May 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for review copy of the History of the Exploring Expedition [Charles Wilkes's Narrative of the United States Exploring Expedition in 1838-41. Philadelphia 1845]. Approves Griswold's projected Biographical Encyclopaedia. Expresses regret for the writer's quarrel with [Nathaniel Parker] Willis.
Folder 887: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [1856?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Times Office. Asks for a promised notice of [Samuel Griswold] Goodrich.
Folder 888: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [1843?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Courier office. Sunday night. Apprising Griswold of an editorial position on the U.S. Gazette.
Folder 889: Read, Thomas Buchanan, 1822-1872. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 21 December 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Newark. Names reviewers to whom copies of his book should be sent for review.
Folder 890: Redfield, Justus Starr, 1810-1888 to R. W. Griswold, 26 December 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[New York?]. Calls his attention to articles by Poe in old copies of the Mirror. Requests "introductory matter" for the Poe book he expects to publish in January.
Folder 891: Redfield, Justus Starr, 1810-1888. Ms. D., [1854?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Proposed agreement between J. S. Redfield, publisher, and R. W. Griswold, representing the author of Art and Scenery in Europe [Horace Binney Wallace, d. 1852].
Folder 892: Reed, William Bradford, 1806-1876. A.L.S. to ----, 6 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia. Describes arrangements and plans for publication of Henry [Hope] Reed's papers. Praises "volume of Fragments" of [Horace Binney] Wallace.
Folder 893: Reid, Thomas Mayne, 1818-1883. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 May [1846?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Nullifies judgment against Griswold in the writer's suit.
Folder 894: Republican Court. D., [1854?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
List of corrections for the first edition of Griswold's Republican Court.
Folder 895: Republican Court. Ms. notes, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Additions and corrections for The Republican Court (New York 1854), about Mrs. Ralph Izard, Miss Charlotte Izard and Mr. William Smith.
Folder 896: Richards, William Cary, 1819-1892. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 26 January 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Charleston, (S.C). Sends writer's verses for Poets of America. Asks about Griswold's Encyclopaedia. Has asked W[illiam] G[ilmore] Sims for a portrait for Griswold's use.
Folder 897: Richardson, C.B. A.L.S. to ----, 13 November? n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
119 Washington St. (Boston, M.A.). Asks Griswold's opinion on a projected journal for American historical societies.
Folder 898: Richardson, Charles Francis, 1851-1919. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 20 March 1896Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Hanover, (N.H.). Discusses Joel Benton's article on [Thomas Holley] Chivers, and the Stedman-Woodberry edition of Poe.
Folder 899: Richardson, John, 1797-1863. A.L.S.  to ----, [1851?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
254 4th Ave. (New York). Requests loan until his Ecarté and The Prophecy Fulfilled are published.
Folder 900: Richardson, John, 1797-1863. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
13 Wooster St. (New York). Offers to sell The Life and Death of Tecumseh to Griswold for his periodical.
Folder 901: Richardson, Warfield Creath, 1823-1914. A.L.S. to W[illiam] M[cCrillis] Griswold, 15 December 1896Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tuscaloosa, A.L. Discusses an article on the Poe-Chivers controversy which appeared in the Boston Transcript, 12 December [1896]. Requests information on the charges of plagiarism levelled at Poe.
Folder 902: Richardson, Warfield Creath, 1823-1914. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 17 February 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tuscaloosa, A.L. Answers Griswold's inquiries about the Southron. Identifies other southern periodicals: Russell's Magazine, The Bachelor's Button, and Magnolia. Discusses the Chivers-Poe controversy; comments on southern indifference to Chivers.
Folder 903: Richardson, Warfield Creath, 1823-1914. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 22 February 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tuscaloosa, A.L. Describes difficulty in obtaining copies of magazines William M. Griswold wishes. Has finished his Chivers-Poe article. Sends poems.
Folder 904: Richardson, Warfield Creath, 1823-1914. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 1 March 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tuscaloosa, A.L. He is not to be confused with W. C. Richards, "a Georgia cracker." Finds that Chiver's "Heroes of Freedom" is the same as "Birthday Song of Liberty." Encloses a poem of his own. Cites another of his poems in the Century for November 1895.
Folder 905: Richardson, Warfield Creath, 1823-1914. A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 25 March 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Tuscaloosa, A.L. Tells circumstances of F. W. Thomas's dismissal from University of Alabama in 1846. Offers to send copy of Chivers's poem "Heroes of Freedom." Complains of price of Chivers's Virginalia.
Folder 906: Riker, John C. D.S., 28 September 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Publisher's agreement for Book of American Poetry for Schools.
Folder 907: Riker, John C. L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 April 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Typographical and other details of publication for the Annual [The Opal?] and American Poetry for Schools.
Folder 908: Ring, M[itchell]. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 10 March 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Invites Griswold to a club meeting. Returns Religio Bibliopolae and Poets and Poetry of England.
Folder 909: Ripley, George, 1802-1860. Extract from newspaper correspondence., 14 December 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Describes the defeat of Frederick Saunders in his suit for damages against the New York Sun.
Folder 910: Ritchie, Mrs. Anna Cora (Ogden) Mowatt, 1819-1870. A.L. to Edgar Allan Poe, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Fourth Avenue, N.Y. Thursday evening. Sends manuscript of her comedy [unnamed], for Poe's criticism.
Folder 911: Ritchie, Mrs. Anna Cora (Ogden) Mowatt, 1819-1870. A.L.S. to Mrs. Smith, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Friday evening. Invited Mrs. Smith to attend a children's party.
Folder 912: Ritchie, Mrs. Anna Cora (Ogden) Mowatt, 1819-1870. Ms. biography, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Written in two hands, both unknown.
Folder 913: Roberts, George, 1807-1860. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 23 April 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Times & Notion office, Boston, M.A. Offers Griswold a position with the Boston Notion.
Folder 914: Rockwell, H. W. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 September 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Utica N.Y. Sends poem for publication in The Knickerbocker Gallery. "Dirge, at the Grave of 'Little Freddy'."
Folder 915: Rooker, Thomas Newberry, 1814-1896. A.L.S. to ----, 4 May 1894Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York Tribune. Facts about [O. A.] Bowe.
Folder 916: Rouquette, Adrien Emmanuel, 1813-1887. Ms. poem, 1 January 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Mandeville, L.A. French translation of Alice Cary's poem, "Pictures of Memory."
Folder 917: Routledge, George & Co. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 May 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
London, Eng. Mention the poor sale of Clovernook. Accept Alice Cary's poems for publication. Want rights to Susan B. Warner's works, especially Queechy. Invite Griswold's correspondence.
Folder 918: Russell, F. M. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 18 February 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Portland, C.T. Sends a book of poems by H. W. Holley and himself. Would like to appear in Poets of America.
Folder 919: Rush, Richard, 1780-1859. A.L.S.  to R. W. Griswold, 13 December 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sydenham, near Philadelphia, P.A. Declines Griswold's invitation to the Cooper celebration.
Folder 920: Rush, Richard, 1780-1859. to Dr. [Francis Lester] Hawkes and R. W. Griswold, 27 September 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Sydenham, near Philadelphia, P.A. Encloses his article on "Washington, La Fayette and Mr. Bradford" for use in The Republican Court [1854].
Folder 921: E. W. A.D.S. to the National Era, 23 June 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Buffalo, (N.Y.). "Things in Buffalo." Article in letter form on the first commencement at Buffalo University, a memorial service for Daniel O'Connell, and Niagara Falls.
Folder 922: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 May 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
532 Broadway, New York. Has requested Harpers to send Griswold a copy of his "little book" [unnamed]. Sends notices of it for The North American Review and the Evening Journal.
Folder 923: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to George R. Graham, 7 June 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
532 Broadway, New York. Sends satirical article, which he offers for $20.
Folder 924: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent Locke Osgood, 12 December 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
251 Broadway, New York. Sends copy of his new magazine [Sargent's New Monthly Magazine?] and returns a poem submitted by Mrs. Osgood because he cannot pay her for it.
Folder 925: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Mentions merger of the writer's magazine [Sargent's New Monthly Magazine] with Graham's Magazine. Comments on attention paid to articles by Mrs. Berkley (alias Mrs. Mowatt), especially in England. Offers to furnish illustrations or articles for Graham's Magazine gratuitously for six months. Suggests two prose articles by Whittier.
Folder 926: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to George R. Graham, 29 June n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends an article by "a well-known clergyman." Offers monthly articles [to Graham's Magazine].
Folder 927: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 September [1850?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Recommending the publication in The International Magazine of an enclosed article by Mrs. [Cora] Mowatt on her friend Camilla [Toulmin] Crosland. Praises The International Magazine, and requests that Griswold visit him when in Boston.
Folder 928: Sargent, Epes, 1813-1880. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Thanks Griswold for the new edition of Poets of America and the kind things said in it of the writer. Does Griswold know anything about books by Allibone and Duyckinck which have been announced? Disclaims authorship of a play, Semiramis, wrongly attributed to him.
Folder 929: Sargent, John Osborne, 1811-1891. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 December [1850?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Asks for publication or return of "the Times article." Offers to give Griswold's Washington a line.
Folder 930: Sartain, John, 1808-1897. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 March 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Sends one copy of Mr. Mapes's portrait and two copies of Sir Thomas Laurence's. Is unable to find "the Poe proofs."
Folder 931: Saunders, Frederick, 1807-1902. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 June 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
82 Cliff St. Requests speedy forwarding of Griswold's article for use in the writer's volume on Missions.
Folder 932: Saunders, Frederick, 1807-1902. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 March 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks his opinion on a letter from William Allen concerning the Harper's translation of the Biographie Universelle [which Griswold was to edit].
Folder 933: Saunders, Frederick, 1807-1902. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 July 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
88 Johnson Street, Brooklyn. Has left his post with the Sun; needs another job at once. Asks for a consultation.
Folder 934: Saxe, John Godfrey, 1816-1887. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 21 July 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Congress-Hall, Saratoga. Is glad the "pencil-picture" [of the writer?] pleases. What will Griswold use for "letter press" to match? Notes success of book of poems.
Folder 935: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 27 July 1853Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Mentions an article sent to the Literary World and signed "Curtius," containing an examination of a recent attack on the writer's Indian work in the North American Review. Promises review of first volume of the Smithsonian Collection for the "new quarterly at New York." [Putnam's Magazine?]. Encloses article by a friend for the New York Herald.
Folder 936: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 4 April 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Informs him of the writer's "Invocation" published in Tour in the Interior of Missouri in 1819-1820. Describes his early life and publications, and offers to supply additional material for a revised edition of Prose Writers of America.
Folder 937: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 October 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Encloses synopsis of the writer's Historical and Statistical Information Respecting... the Indian Tribes in the United States, [1855-56]. Gives plans for contents of the sixth volume.
Folder 938: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 2 November 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Objects to a forthcoming book of Indian tales which Cornelius Matthews has based on the writer's two volumes published in 1839. Corrects misapprehensions about his early years and studies.
Folder 939: Schoolcraft, Henry Rowe, 1793-1864. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 November 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Asks Griswold to commend an Indian narrative poem of the writer to some publisher.

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