ALS with Six Line Poem

Cambridge, MA: March 29, 1878. 6" x 4", 2 pp., on folded stationary, previous auction seller wrote "auto" on rear, note is signed "T. W." the poems is signed in full. Addressee is Mrs. Guiney, likely Louise Imogen Guiney. Content: " I send the German book with Schnetzler's (likely German poet August Schnetzler) little poem by express."

Thomas Wentworth Higginson (Dec 1823 - May 1911) was one of the most distinguished and multi-talented Unitarians of the nineteenth-century, yet few people today are aware of his prominence or the extent of his interests and achievements. Minister, author, activist, lecturer, soldier, naturalist, physical fitness enthusiast. In November 1862 he received an offer to command the first black regiment of the Civil War, the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, which he readily accepted. While in camp, Colonel Higginson socialized with his men and took note of the songs they sang, resulting in the first account in print of African-American spirituals. After the war he mentored Helen Hunt and Julia Ward Howe, two women prominent in Newport, RI literary circles. His financial circumstances, which had always been quite modest, were dramatically improved with the publication of the Young Folks’ History of the United States, by far his most lucrative publishing venture. During the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth-century, Higginson decried Negro lynchings and Jim Crow legislation in the South. He led a campaign to rid the Civil Service of corruption. As a noted essayist, reformer, historian, literary critic, and public servant he achieved national stature. Among forty candidates in a public poll conducted by the Literary Life magazine, Higginson placed fourth in prominence of living Americans, behind Edison, Twain, and Carnegie.

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 Adams Cram was "the most vital and creative personal influence" on their circle of writers and artists in Boston. In 1901, Guiney moved to Oxford, England, to focus on her poetry and essay writing. She soon began to suffer from illness and was no longer able to write poetry. She was a contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, Scribner's Magazine, McClure's, Blackwood's Magazine, Dublin Review, The Catholic World, and the Catholic Encyclopedia. Fine. Item #1537

"Joy of the morning, Darling of dawning, Blithe little, lithe little, daughter of mine. While with the ranging, Sure I'm exchanging, Sixty of my years for six years like these" From Sixty and Six by Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Cambridge, Mass.

Price: $175.00

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