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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 1200: White, Thomas Willis, 1788-1843. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 September 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Will print Griswold's notice in the October issue [of the Messenger], along with his "just tribute" to [Samuel Griswold] Goodrich. Hope to call on Griswold for other contributions.
Folder 1201: White, Thomas Willis, 1788-1843. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 September 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Has sent a parcel of the Messenger to New York by water to avoid postage. Criticizes the new issue. Hopes to pay Griswold for articles received.
Folder 1202: White, Thomas Willis, 1788-1843. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 20 October 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. After hardship and sacrifices for eight years, believes that the Messenger is now on a firm financial basis. Would appreciate Griswold's criticism of the October and November issues. Sends him a check and a note.
Folder 1203: White, Thomas Willis, 1788-1843. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 October 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Asks him to criticize "The Hunchback" in the Messenger and to write a notice of the November issue. Thanks him for the literary notices.
Folder 1204: White, Thomas Willis, 1788-1843. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 9 March 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Feels he has no influence with [Judge Abel Parker] Upshur. Likes Griswold and his work.
Folder 1205: Whitehead, W.  A.L.S.  to George R. Graham, 15 September 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
West Chester, P.A. Asks him to mail to the writer the manuscript of Commodore Elliott's poem "To a Sceptic."
Folder 1206: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold?], [1848]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Asks advice about corrections in the proofs which she is returning. Asks for [W.J.?] Pabodie's review of her poem, "The Sleeping Beauty," which appeared in the New York Literary World, 5 August 1848.
Folder 1207: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [1848?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Has been to ill to write. Regrets sending poems in such a "rude state" [for Female Poets of America, 1848]. Lists poems she wants included: "David," "The Sleeping Beauty," "The Lost Church," "The Past," "Summer's Invitation to the Orphan," "How Softly Comes the Summer Wind," and "The Song of Spring." Sends a copy of a biographical notice written by a friend for "Miss May's" collection; also a poem, "Stanzas with a Bridal Ring."
Folder 1208: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [1848?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Describes the poetry and secluded life of her sister [Anna Marsh Power]. Discusses possible publication of three "Fairy Ballads," the joint work of herself and the sister. Has an unpublished poem, "Hours of Life."
Folder 1209: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. Ms. poem., [1846?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Past."
Folder 1210: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. Ms. poem, [1848?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"How Softly Comes the Summer Wind."
Folder 1211: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. Ms. poem, [c. 1848]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Maiden's Dream."
Folder 1212: Whitman, Sarah Helen (Power), 1802-1878. Ms. poem, [c. 1848]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"She Blooms No More."
Folder 1213: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. A.N.S. to [Gamaliel] Bailey, 14 May [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Asks what official notice was taken in Washington of the "Three Day's Revolution" in Paris in 1830.
Folder 1214: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 10 October 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Amesbury, M.A. Thinks highly of Alice Cary, and will do his best to help her book [Clovernook Paper?], though his illness prevents his writing a preface for it. Will review the book in the [National] Era.
Folder 1215: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. articles, 10 October 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "Abolition in Tunis - Slavery in the United States"; "The West Indies in 1843, '44, '45," [a review of an article in the London Friend].
Folder 1216: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. articles, March [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "Abolition in Ceylon," "Piety of Justice"; "The Passengers of the Tweed."
Folder 1217: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. articles, [after May, 1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Sea Serpent"; "Daniel O'Connell."
Folder 1218: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.  Ms. articles, 20 August [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
For the National Era: "The Presidency - the Man for the Hour"; "Alvin Stewart."
Folder 1219: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. articles, [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "Illinois in 1843 and 1847"; "The Guerilla."
Folder 1220: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. articles, [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[for the National Era?]: "Macaulay's Rejection of Edinburgh"; "The Herald of Truth" [A review of a current Cicinnati monthly containing poems by Alice and Phoebe Cary].
Folder 1221: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.  Ms. articles, [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "Maine. - The Wilmot Proviso"; "The Slave Orator."
Folder 1222: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.  Ms. article; Ms. poem, [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "The Mexican War - Massachusetts." "The Angel of Patience - a free paraphrase from the German."
Folder 1223: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, [1847]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "To Your Posts! - Elections of 1847."
Folder 1224: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892.  Ms. article, 14 May [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
For the National Era: "Sound Doctrine."
Folder 1225: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, 25 June [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Amesbury, M.A. For the National Era: "Samuel Hopkins, the Anti-Slavery Theologian."
Folder 1226: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, 2 July [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Amesbury, M.A. For the National Era: "New Hampshire Politics."
Folder 1227: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, 24 September [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
For the National Era: "The Clergy and Reform."
Folder 1228: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, [September 1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "Vermone Elections - Liberty Vote"; "Massachusetts," [a report on the Liberty Convention]; "The New England Offering" [a review]; "Common Schools" [comments on Horace Mann's report].
Folder 1229: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, 29 October [1847?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Amesbury, M.A. For the National Era: "The Better Land."
Folder 1230: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, 1 October n.y.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Amesbury, M.A. For the National Era: "The Whigs of Massachusetts."
Folder 1231: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. article, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[For the National Era?]: "The Northern Candidates."
Folder 1232: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. Ms. Article, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[A review of a young abolitionist poet].
Folder 1233: Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892. A.D. to The National Era, 25 June 1847Add to your cart.
Buffalo, (N.Y.). An article in letter form on Commencement at Buffalo University, a memorial service for Daniel O'Connell, and Niagara Falls.
Folder 1234: Wiles, John W., 1798-? Ms. poems, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"Paraphrase of a Figure... in Eugene Aram," "Epigram," "Lines Written in Mrs. ---'s Album," "To L--r," "Lines Written in an Album," "On a Vignette," "Answer to Willis's 'They may talk of love,' " "The Age of Reptiles."
Folder 1235: Wilde, Richard Henry, 1807-1892. A.D.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 September 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New Brighton, (?). Corrects the false attribution of "Truth and Falsehood" to the writer, and attributes lines written in answer to lines of [N. P.] Willis to his brother, John W. Wilde.
Folder 1236: Wilde, Richard Henry, 1807-1892. A.D.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 February 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, (D.C.). Thanks him for sending a copy of Graham's Magazine and tells him he is about to give up writing and resume the practice of law. Describes the progress of his private application for copyright, and hopes for an international copyright law.
Folder 1237: Wilde, Richard Henry, 1807-1892. A.D.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 March 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New Orleans, (L.A.). Says he can make no claims as a prose writer. Lists some of his writings, and refers Griswold to J. E. Johnson of Philadelphia for a crayon portrait of himself.
Folder 1238: Wiley, Clavin Henderson, 1819-1877. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 15 March 1848Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Oxford, N.C. Asks Griswold's advice about publishing a second novel, since Alamance, about which Griswold advised him, has been such a success.
Folder 1239: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 30 November 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Oswego, N.Y. Explains the exclusive nature of the writing's contract with Godey's Lady's Book, which will prevent him from contributing to Graham's Magazine.
Folder 1240: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, [1845?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
9 Park Place. Advises against any reply to [Charles F.] Briggs's attack, either by himself or Poe.
Folder 1241: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, [1846?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Encloses a letter and an editorial [concerning Poe's poverty], and offers aid.
Folder 1242: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, June 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Idlewild. Explains his lack of Poe material. Promises Griswold some facts about the writer's family. Declares that the facts about [Frederick?] Marryat were "always correctly stated."
Folder 1243: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to ----, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Hopes to find biographical material about Mrs. Judson. Thinks an advertisement to her firends would bring in much material.
Folder 1244: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to George R. Graham, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. The draughtsman, George Flagg, would make an outline [of the writer?] in the style of the Fraser portraits for $30 or $40 if Graham wishes. Has a love story half-written which he will send.
Folder 1245: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Already has the Poems. Wishes to borrow Moultrie and Whistlecraft [J.H. Frere's The Monks and the Giants].
Folder 1246: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867.  Ms. story, [1842?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"Count Potts' Strategy."
Folder 1247: Willis, Nathaniel Parker, 1806-1867. Ms. story, [1843?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Adventures of Coming down the Wrong Chimney."
Folder 1248: Wilmer, Lambert A., c. 1805-1863. A.L.S. to John Tomlin, 20 May 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Has sent Tomlin Recantation. Sumner L. Fairfield has become "a common loafer," and Poe is "going headlong to destruction." Describes the disintegration of the "Philadelphia Clique" - [Robert T.] Conrad, R[obert] Morris, [Joseph C.] Neal. Will soon publish Preferment, a political satire.
Folder 1249: Winchester, J[onas]. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold], 17 July 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asks for a set of Charles Brockden Brown's novels to republish in a cheap edition. Would like Griswold to write a preface and suggest other ideas.
Folder 1250: Winthrop, Robert Charles, 1809-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 6 February 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Asks the name of the translator of the Marquis de Chastellux's Travels. Has noticed that the "Index" of Griswold's The Republican Court ascribes the translator's attacks on Sir John Temple directly to the Marquis.
Folder 1251: Winthrop, Robert Charles, 1809-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 4 September 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Will send a few reminiscences after he has finished writing his address for the inauguration of the Franklin statue on 17 September [1856].
Folder 1252: Winthrop, Robert Charles, 1809-1894. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 October 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Regrets that he can recall no incidents concerning the visit of his mother [Elizabeth Temple Winthrop] to New York, or of Gov. Bowdoin's dinner party for Washington, which could be used for the Republican Court. His mother's portrait was painted by Gilbert Stuart. Has left a copy of his "Franklin Address" for Griswold at the Everett House.
Folder 1253: Wirt, William, 1774-1834. A.L.S. to [Edgar Allan Poe], 11 May 1829Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Returns a poem ["Al Aaraaf"] submitted for the writer's criticism.
Folder 1254: Wood, George, 1799-1879. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 27 June [1853?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Advises Griswold to come to Washington with a letter of introduction to Gove. [William L.?] Marcy if he desires a position as clerk in the latter's office. Hope Griswold's wife and daughter have recovered from their "fright and accident."
Folder 1255: Wood, George, 1799-1879. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 October 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Asks when Griswold will want the biographical material; wishes to see the proof of his portrait. Complains that the printing of his book [The Modern Pilgrims] has been much delayed.
Folder 1256: Wood, George, 1799-1879. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 21 November 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Autobiographical data. Comments on the delay of the publication of his book [The Modern Pilgrims].
Folder 1257: Wood, George, 1799-1879. A.L.S. to Theo[dore] Hinsdale, 15 December [1855?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Thanks him for his note and the article from the Augustan Age. Wishes Dr. Griswold would "show up the uglyness of the Tribune article of the 28th Nov., by Ripley," to create newspaper discussion of [Modern] Pilgrims.
Folder 1258: Wood, George, 1799-1879. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 12 April 1856Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Sends Griswold a notice of a resolution authorizing the Secretary of State to permit qualified persons to use the unpublished papers of Thomas Jefferson. Asks Griswold's advice about publishing a one-volume novel in the fall. Has sent him a copy of Modern Pilgrims.
Folder 1259: Woodridge, Abby Dwight, 1806-1866. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Hunter, N.Y. Poor health has prevented her writing the article requested by Griswold. Asks his advice about publishing her poems, and the names of publishers who might pay her for magazine contributions.
Folder 1260: Worthington, Jane Taylor (Lomax), ?-1847. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 December 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Washington, D.C. Inquires about a manuscript she submitted for publication in Graham's Magazine.
Folder 1261: Worthington, Jame Taylor (Lomax), ?-1847. Ms. poems, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"A Modern Lover." "The Withered Leaves."
Folder 1262: Worthington, Jane Taylor (Lomax), ?-1847. Ms. poems, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
"The Death at Sea."
Folder 1263: Wright, Elizur, Jr., 1804-1885. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 8 August 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Autobiographical data.
Folder 1264: Wright, Elizur, Jr., , 1804-1885. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 February 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Dorchester, (M.A.). Encloses a "sample" of his writings for Graham's Magazine ["Eulogy on ... Mr. John Frost," Graham's Magazine, March 1844?]. Has been severely criticized in the New York Observer for his translation of the Fables of La Fontaine. Asks Griswold to write in his defense.
Folder 1265: Wroth, Peregrine, 1786-1879. A.L.S. to [Horace Greeley], 14 February 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Chestertown, M.D. Congratulates him on an article about Thomas Jefferson and expresses his own opinion of Jefferson's character. Urges Greeley to do justice to those Jefferson hated.
Folder 1266: Wyman, ---- (Smith) Rose.  D.  to ----, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Biographical data on Miss Smith, who was the "chief star" of the [N.Y.]  Morning Chronicle.
Folder 1267: X, pseud.  A.L.S. to the Editors of the Broadway Journal, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Thanks them for accepting her article, "A Prep behind the Curtain," Apparently encloses an article on Longfellow ridiculing "the ineffable silliness" of men when discussing women.

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