Original Mauscript Poem and ALS

55 Clinton Place, [NJ]: February 5, 1899. 6.75" x 4.5", 2 pp on blue stationary letterhead, "No. 55 Clinton Place." with mailing fold. Content: Expressing appreciation for "Season of Blessings"; Updating Guiney on the latest news of him and Mrs. Gilder.
Includes a handwritten poem titled, "A Sonnet of Dante" which begins "So gentle and pure my lady as she doth go". A 14 line romantic poem of the era, signed by Gilder and stated by him to have been written for L. I. G. - 1885, with location location affixed as 103 E. 15 W St, N. Y.

Richard Watson Gilder (Feb 1844 – Nov 1909) was a poet and editor. He studied law at Philadelphia. During the Civil War, he enlisted in the state's Emergency Volunteer Militia as a private in Landis's Philadelphia Battery at the time of Robert E. Lee's 1863 invasion of Pennsylvania. After the Confederates were defeated in the Battle of Gettysburg, Gilder and his unit were mustered out in August. With Newton Crane, he founded the Newark Register and later was editor of Hours at Home and edited Scribner's Monthly (afterwards the The Century Magazine). In 1881 he succeeded Dr. Josiah Gilbert Holland as editor in chief of Century, a position he held up to the time of his death. Gilder took an active interest in all public affairs, especially those which tend towards reform and good government, and was a member of many New York clubs. Gilder's wife, Helena de Kay (1846–1916), was a talented painter and a founder of the Art Students League and Society of American Artists.

Louise Imogen Guiney (Jan 1861 – Nov 1920) was an American poet, essayist and editor, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. For more than 20 years, she worked at various jobs, including serving as a postmistress and working in the field of cataloging at the Boston Public Library. She was a member of several literary and social clubs, and according to her friend Ralph Cram was "the most vital and creative personal influence" on their circle of writers and artists in Boston. Letter Fine, Poem VG. Item #1518

Price: $225.00

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