Lot #534
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Autograph Letter Signed

Rare letter from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, forwarding proofs to "Cornelius Mathews, at New York"
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Estimate: $600+


Rare letter from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, forwarding proofs to "Cornelius Mathews, at New York"

Very scarce third-person ALS signed within the text as “Miss Barrett,” one page, 3.5 x 2.5, June 2, 1844. Handwritten letter addressed from her London home at 50 Wimpole Street, in full: "Miss Barrett presents her compliments to Mess'rs Wiley & Putnam, & will be obliged by their forwarding the accompanying letter (containing proofs) as before, to Mr. Cornelius Mathews, at New York." In very good condition, with staining, trimmed edges, and surface loss to the upper left corner affecting the word "Miss."

Cornelius Mathews was an American writer (1817-1889) who was best known for his crucial role in the formation of a literary group known as Young America in the late 1830s, with editor Evert Duyckinck and author William Gilmore Simms. Among others like Herman Melville, Browning thought highly of Mathews, who, in a preface to her poem 'A Rhapsody Of Life's Progress,' deemed him '…as remarkable, in thought and manner, for a vital sinewy vigour, as the right arm of Pathfinder.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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