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Accession Number 7053-a
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Papers of John Hay, Accession #7053-a , Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
This collection was given to the Library on December 17, 1963.
The collection contains manuscripts of his poem "Night in Venice" and "Unto each man comes a day".
In his correspondence he discusses Lincoln, his commitment to peace and Mary E. Surratt's guilt; an article he has written on Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth; the Southern Historical Society Papers and their low editorial standards; his book "Bread-winners" for which he allows an Italian translation; the proofs of his book "Abraham Lincoln"; a small printing of his collected poems and his giving up poetry writing; his election to the Kauai Kodak Klub; Alfred Austin's "A Tale of True Love and Other Poems"; and Charles Elliott's "The Book of American Interiors." He also requests an autograph copy of "Stonewall Jackson's Way"; declines to purchase photographs of Lincoln; regrets social invitations; thanks Thomas Nast for a cartoon of "The Emperor Roosevelt and the Rough Rider Wilhelm" and criticizes [Sophia M. B.?] Herrick's notes on Lincoln. Two portraits of Hay are included.
Correspondents include Mr. Alden, Robert Coster, Mr. Cunningham, Richard Watson Gilder, E. S. Goodhue, [J. R.?] Osgood, John Williamson Palmer, Mr. Taylor, Mr. House, and H. D. Traill.
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Poem beginning "Unto each man comes a day . . ." n.d.AMsS, 1 p.
Poem: "Night in Venice" n.d.AmsS, 1 p.
John Hay to Mr. Taylor 1872 Jan 5ALS, 1 p.
Expresses regret about "that engagement."
J. H. to Mrs. Mack 1872 Jan 11AL, 1 p.
Regrets he could not respond to her invitation.
J. H. to Cunningham 1876 Jun 20ALS, 1 p.
Thanks him for letter and remembrance. Mentions he has quit writing poetry.
J. H. to E. C. Hine 1881 Oct 6ALS, 1 p.
Thanks for dinner invitation, but will not be able to attend.
J. H. to Dr. J[ohn] W[illiamson]Palmer 1886 Aug 17ALS, 1 p., w/ typed transcript
Asks for autograph copy of "Stonewall Jackson's Way," if J. W. P. is the author of it.
J. H. to Dr. J. W. Palmer 1886 Aug 24ALS, 2 p., w/typed transcript
Thanks J. W. P. for granting request; discusses "Southern Historical Society Papers." Adivses against buying the series because poorly edited.
J. H. to Richard Watson Gilder [1886 Nov 24]ALS, 1 p.
Sends corrected proofs for Abraham Lincoln. Suggests subtitle "Lincoln in Congress." Thanks donor of Lincoln autograph.
J. H. to House  Jan 16ALS, 2 p.
Wrote article on Ellsworth under pressure and has no feeling for it. Would like to write more on Ellsworth.
"The Author" [J. H.] to Mr [J. W.] Harper 1890 Jan 22ALS, 1 p., w/ env.
Asks if Bread-winnershas earned anything. Requests half a dozen copies be sent him in Washington. W/AN 1890 Jan 22 J. W. Harper to W. Muller, to fill above order.
J. H. to Mr. [J. W. ?] Harper 1890 Mar 8ALS, 1 p.
Regrets cannot accept invitation because of previous engagment. Sends regards to William Dean Howells.
J. H. to Richard Watson Gilder 1894 Nov 23ALS, 1 p.
Indicates corrections for sonnet he submitted to R. W. G. Asks for proofs of same when printed.
J. H. to Samuel Sidney McClure 1895 Oct 31ALS, 1 p., w/photo
Requests a proof of the Ellsworth article before it is printed.
J. H. to "Dear Sir" 1897 Jul 19ALS, 1 p.
Has no objection to translation of Bread-winnersinto Italian, but will not put his name to the book.
H. D. Traill to J. H. 1898 Aug 22ALS, 2 p.
Accepts poem by Mr. [J. W. ?] Palmer for Literature(his London magazine).
J. H. to Mr. Palmer 1898 Aug 25TLS, 1 p.
Has sent P.'s poem to editor of Literature.
J. H. to E. S. Goodhue 1901 Apr 29TLS, 1 p.
Thanks for election as honorary member of the Kauai Kodak Klub. Signature probably not in J. H.'s hand.
J. H. to Harper & Brothers 1902 Apr 17TLS, 1 p.
Thanks for letter and copy of Alfred Austin's work, A Tale of True Love and Other Poems.
J. H. to Robert Coster 1903 Jan 27TLS, 1 p.
Will sign the photograph if sent to him.
J. H. to R. C. 1903 Jan 30TLS, 1 p.
Returns photograph, signed.
J. H. to R. C. 1903 Apr 29TLS, 1 p.
Returns photograph of President Lincoln; obliged for offer, but does not care to purchase it.
J. H. to R. C. 1903 Nov 17TLS, 1 p.
Returns miniture portrait of Lincoln. He is not collecting such things; refers him to Mr. Lambert of Philadelphia.
J. H. Dr. J. W. Palmer 1903 Dec 7TLS, 1 p., w/typescript
Has received enclosed poem, "Braddock." Sends copy congratulations; his verses are a sign of youth.
J. H. to Mr. Osgood n.y. Feb 14ALS, 1 p.
Asks for another copy of The Book of American Interiors; has promised one to a friend.
J. H. to Richard Watson Gilder n.y. Mar 7ALS, 2 p.
Denies stories critical of Lincoln. Insists on Lincoln's commitment to peace and union.
J. H. to Mr. Alden n.y. Jun 30ALS, 1 p.
Encloses a sonnet made for Alden.
J. H. to Richard Watson Gilder n.y. Oct 29ALS, 1 p.
Discusses extent of Mrs. Surratt's guilt in the Lincoln assassination.
J. H. to Miss King n.y. Dec 11ALS, 4 p.
Thanks for letter and photograph of his aunt Evelyn. Sends copy of all his verses; only a few copies have been printed, none of which are for sale.
J. H. to Richard Watson Gilder n.d.ALS, 1 p.
Returns [Sophia M'Ilvaine Bledsoe ?] Herrick's notes re Lincoln. Questions her accuracy, and criticizes her memory of issues. Concludes that even intelligent women are careless.
Autograph on fragment of document, with seal of Department of State 1880 Aug 28Autograph
Proclaimation by Theodore Roosevelt on death of John Hay. 1905 Jul 3Printed broadside
Autobiographical data for United Press Bureau n.d.Notes
in hand of J. H. while Secretary of State, ca.1898-1905.
J. H., U.S. Secretary State, head and shoulders n.d.Photograph
Photograph of bust of J. H., by Augustus Saint-Gaudens n.d.Photograph