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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 815: Peck, George Washington, 1817-1859. A.D.S.; Ms. poem, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. "A Storm on the Cape."
Folder 816: Peebles, C. Glen.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, [1853?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Lists the offenses for which [George G.] Foster has been committed to prison in Philadelphia, some of which Griswold is trying to "arrange." Mentions Mrs. Foster (Mme. de Marguerittes).
Folder 817: Peterson, Charles Jacobs, 1819-1887. A.L.S. to Frances Sargent (Locke) Osgood, 10 April 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Is publishing an article of Mrs. [Anna Peyre] Dinnies in the May number [of the Ladies's National Magazine?]. Would welcome her as a contributor, but can pay only moderate terms.
Folder 818: Peterson, Theophilus Beasley to R. W. Griswold, 7 January 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Sends a notice of [Anne Brontë's] Agnes Grey; wants good notices in the Tribune and other papers.
Folder 819: Phillips, Sampson and Co.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 February 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Asks price of the copyright of Poets and Poetry of America.
Folder 820: Phinney, H. F.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 March 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Buffalo, N.Y. Requests Griswold to return papers lent by his wife, Caroline Cooper Phinney, for the James Fenimore Cooper celebration.
Folder 821: Pickering, Octavius, 1791-1868. A.L.S. to Horace Greeley, 20 February 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Correct inaccuracies in the Tribune article on Jefferson and Tobias Lear.
Folder 822: Pickering, Octavius, 1791-1868. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 22 March 1850Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Boston, M.A. Inquires about Griswold's authority for an anecdote about the writer's father and Tobias Lear, for which Sidney Brooks denies responsibility.
Folder 823: Pierpont, John, 1785-1866. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 11 June 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
West Medford, M.A. Will try to find the sister of Mr. [William B.?] Walter, the poet; she is the one to furnish information about her brother.
Folder 824: Pike, Albert, 1809-1891. A.D., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Autobiographical sketch for Poets of America.
Folder 825: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to John P. Kennedy, November 1834Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. John Allan's death has left him without resources. Will Kennedy obtain for him an advance on the manuscript now in the hands of Carey and Lea?
Folder 826: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 15 March [1835]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Requests Kennedy's aid in obtaining a position in a public school.
Folder 827: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 15 March 1835Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Declines a dinner invitation because of his personal appearance. Asks for a loan of $20.
Folder 828: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Thomas W. White, 30 May 1835Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Mentions the arrest of William Gwynn Jones for theft. Wonders at delay in publication of [John P.] Kennedy's book [Horse-Shoe Robinson]: apologizes for his critique of it. Expresses scorn for [Laughton Osborn's] Confessions of a Poet and defends his review of it. Suggest notice of the [Southern Literary] Messenger appear in the American rather than in the Republican.
Folder 829: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Thomas W. White, 12 June 1835Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Announces his recovery. Promises a review of [John] Marshall's Washington. Volunteers to help circulation of the Messenger.
Folder 830: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Thomas W. White, 22 June 1835Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Advises against a detailed review of the current [Southern Literary] Messenger. Comments favorably on its contributors. Would be glad to come to Richmond.
Folder 831: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 11 September 1835Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Describes his position and salary on the [Southern Literary] Messenger and his depression. Thomas W. White would welcome contributions from Kennedy. The Gift has appeared and contains the Ms. Found in a Bottle. White wishes to print Tales of the Folio Club. Thinks Discoveries in the Moon taken from his own Adventures of Hans Pfaal.
Folder 832: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 22 January 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Describes the improvement in his health, spirits, and financial situation. Asks advice in selecting an attorney.
Folder 833: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 11 February 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Describes the difficulty of getting the picture [of Kennedy, Mrs. Kennedy, and the latter's sister] from Mr. Hubbard [the painter]. Acknowledges that Kennedy is right about the satire in the Tales. Mentions [Thomas W.] White's kindness to him in the Messenger.
Folder 834: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 7 June 1836Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Outlines his financial difficulty, and asks loan of $100. Describes success of the Messenger. Asks for contribution to it. Refers to his marriage.
Folder 835: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 29 May 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Sends poems [for Poets of America?]. Calls attention to likeness between Longfellow's "Beleaguered City" and his own "The Haunted Palace." Accuses Longfellow of plagiarism. Sends "memo" containing biographical data.
Folder 836: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 22 June 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Describes the establishment of Graham's Magazine, and requests an "arrangement" with Longfellow.
Folder 837: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Thimotheus Whackemwell [John N. MacJilton], 11 August 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Returns a cipher sent to him as a practical joke.
Folder 838: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, June 1841Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Describes the establishment of Graham's Magazine and suggests an "agreement" with Kennedy.
Folder 839: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 21 September 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. His failure to keep appointment with Thomas on Sunday was due to illness. Will send copy of Clinton Bradshaw.
Folder 840: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 19 November 1842Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Tells of his failure to obtain a government appointment. Asks Thomas to lay the matter before Robert Tyler again.
Folder 841: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 25 February 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Sends a copy of Saturday Museum [of 25 February 1843] containing biography and caricature of himself. Announces founding of the Stylus and his plans for it. Wants to secure contributions from Thomas, Robert Tyler [son of the President], and Judge [Abel Parker] Upshur. Has given Professor [Thomas] Wyatt letter of introduction to Thomas.
Folder 842: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 16 March 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Describes his trip home from Washington. Expresses gratitude to Thomas and Dow. Messages to Dr. Lacey, Mr. Fuller, Mr. Tyler. Subscriptions to his magazine increasing.
Folder 843: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to James Russell Lowell, 20 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Thanks Lowell for his poem [not named], which he cannot use since his magazine will not be published. Has handed it to [R. W.] Griswold. Is eager to meet Lowell.
Folder 844: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to Samuel D. Craig, 24 October 1844Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Replies to Craig's insulting letter, returns Craig's letter to [Nathaniel Parker] Willis, which Poe refuses to deliver.
Folder 845: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 16 January 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Desires a reconciliation.
Folder 846: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 24 February 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Sends manuscripts for publication [in sixth edition of Poets of America]; "Mesmeric Revelation," "Marginalia," "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," "The Man That Was Used Up." Has taken a third interest in the Broadway Journal.
Folder 847: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 19 April 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Returns corrected proof of "The Raven."
Folder 848: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 4 May 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Postmarked New York. Describes his work on the Broadway Journal. Cannot pay his debt to [Jesse E.] Dow.
Folder 849: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.N.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 September [1845?]Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Asking Griswold to send Vol 2 of the Messenger.
Folder 850: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.N.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 October 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New-York. Requests loan of fifty dollars to help finance the Broadway Journal, which he now controls.
Folder 851: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. L.S. to John P. Kennedy, 26 October 1845Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Has assumed control of the Broadway Journal. Requests loan of fifty dollars.
Folder 852: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Louis A. Godey, 16 July 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New-York. Resents the publication of his "Reply" [to Thomas Dunn English?] in the [Philadelphia Spirit of the] Times. Promises legal action.
Folder 853: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L. to Jane Ermina Locke, 10 March 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Explains his reply to [Nathaniel P.] Willis's editorial on him in the Home Journal [26 December 1846?]. His delay in writing was caused by a "sorrow so poignant" [Virginia Poe died 30 January 1847].
Folder 854: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to Frederick W. Thomas, 14 February 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Fordham, near New-York. Praises literature as a profession. Despises Bostonians and calls James Russell Lowell's Fable for Critics "miserably weak."
Folder 855: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 28 June 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Requests substitution of his own notice of Mrs. [Sarah Anna] Lewis for the one in Female Poets of America.
Folder 856: Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. A.L. to Mrs. Maria Clemm, ca. 28-29 August 1849Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[Richmond, V.A.?]. Describes the enthusiastic reception of his lecture [in Richmond]. Plans for leaving Fordham. Mentions Annie [Richmond]. Incomplete.
Folder 857: Poe, Edgar Allan.  D., n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
N.p. Some account of John Allan and his second wife, Louisa Patterson. Poe's temperament and an early experience with John Allan.
Folder 858: Poe, William.  A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 15 June 1843Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Baltimore, M.D. Congratulates him on winning a prize from the Dollar Newspaper with the "Goldbug." Asks for news. Cautions him against "a too free use of the bottle."
Folder 859: Pollock, Edward.  A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 26 June 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Philadelphia, P.A. Sends his poem "Italy" for publication in the International Magazine, while the subject is of interest.
Folder 860: Poore, Benjamin Perley, 1820-1887. A.N.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 December 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Indian Hill Farm, near Newburyport. Sends his prospectus for a "work of value" [a forth-coming book] and asks Griswold's opinion.
Folder 861: Post, Israel  A.N.S. to R. W. Griswold, 7 December 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
New York. Requests an article for the Union Magazine.
Folder 862: Potter, Mrs. J. C.  A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 4 February 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Guilford, C.T. Supplies information about the life and works of her father, Dr. [Thomas Holley] Chivers, and his controversy with Edgar Allan Poe.
Folder 863: Potter, Mrs. J. C.  A.L.S. to W. M. Griswold, 18 February 1897Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Guilford, C.T. Supplies information about her father, Dr. [Thomas Holley] Chivers.
Folder 864: Poussin, Guillaume Tell, 1794-1876. A.L.S. to ----, 25 December 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
[112 rue Bicher?]. Manifestation of American public opinion in his behalf would be useful [in securing diplomatic post]. Wants Putnam to publish his work in English. Discusses American and French politics.
Folder 865: Prentice, George Dennison, 1802-1870. A.L.S. to [R. W. Griswold?], 14 October 1851Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Louisville, K.Y. Sends a specimen of Miss Mattie Griffith's poetry. Does Griswold desire her services as correspondent?
Folder 866: Prescott, William Hickling, 1796-1859. L.S. to R. W. Griswold, n.d.Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Beacon Street. Asks if Poets of America and Prose Writers of America are copyrighted in England.
Folder 867: Putnam, Geo. P. and Co.; account with R. W. Griswold, 10 April 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
10 Park Place, New York. Business account showing a balance owing to Geo. P. Putnam and Co. from the publication and sale of The Memorial.
Folder 867A: Putnam, Geo. P. and Co.  L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 1 October 1852Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
10 Park Place, New York. Invite him to contribute to a proposed monthly magazine. Present sales account for [Griswold's] Memorial.
Folder 868: Quincy, Miss [Eliza Susan], 1798-1884. A.L. to R. W. Griswold, 13 April 1854Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
1 Beacon Hill Place. Informs him of the provenance of Copley's portrait of Mrs. [Dorothy Quincy] Hancock, in the possession of Mrs. Cushing of Little Harbor, and of portraits of Sir William Pepperell and others in the Portsmouth Museum. Written in the third person.
Folder 869: Ramsay, Arch.  A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 30 November 1846Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Stonehaven, Scotland. Asks if the pamphlet Mesmerism in Articulo Mortis, published under Poe's name by Short and Co., is "genuine."
Folder 870: Ramsay, Arch.  A.L.S. to Edgar Allan Poe, 14 April 1847Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Stonehaven, Kincardshire, Scotland. He is unable to supply information about the Allan familiy, concerning whom Poe has inquired.
Folder 871: Randolph, J. W.  A.L.S. to ----, 17 April 1855Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Richmond, V.A. Sends copies of Jefferson and Beverley. If addressee reviews Beverley, Randolph would like to receive a copy.
Folder 872: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.N.S. to R. W. Griswold, 23 December 1837Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Universtiy of Vermont, Burlington, V.T. Offers Griswold honorary membership in Phi Sigma Nu Society; thanks him for Washington Irving's autograph.
Folder 873: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 3 June 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
U(niversity of) V(ermont). Promises Griswold a contribution [to the Vermonter]. Asks for name of authoer of the New Yorker article Thoughts on Poetic Excellence, which he wishes to answer.
Folder 874: Raymond, Henry Jarvis, 1820-1869. A.L.S. to R. W. Griswold, 18 July 1838Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Postmarked Burlington, V.T. Asks for "papers" containing a translation from Italian and a poem, "Stanzas," both by Robertson.

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