[Autograph Quotation, Signed, and Autograph Letter, Signed]
by Longfellow, Henry W.
Cambridge, MA, 1881. Two pages, on two leaves of plain letter paper. Old mailing folds, manuscript with some offset along verso at one edge and tanning at two margins of recto (all from having been mounted at one time), letter has a few rust marks in right margin, otherwise very good. The quotation consists of the last four lines from Longfellow's poem, "A Psalm of Life," is signed in full at the conclusion, dated Feb. 18, 1881, and inscribed "For Edward W. Bok," presumably the then 18 year old future editor / publisher. The covering letter is addressed "Dear Sir," but inferentially the recipient was Bok's father, as Longfellow writes: "It gives me much pleasure to comply with your request. I enclose the autograph you desire for your son, and am Yours very truly, Henry W. Longfellow." Bok went to work for Henry Holt and Co. in 1882 (the year following this transaction), and eventually ascended in prominence as editor of the LADIES' HOME JOURNAL.
(Inventory #: WRCLIT77598)
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