A Guide to the Richard Watson Gilder Collection Gilder, Richard Watson. 7135-a

A Guide to the Richard Watson Gilder Collection

A Collection in the
Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature
Accession number 7135-a


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Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Processed by: Margret Groschel

University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept. Alderman Library University of Virginia Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 USA
Collection Number
Richard Watson Gilder Collection
50 items

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

See the University of Virginia Library’s use policy.

Preferred Citation

Richard Watson Gilder Collection, Accession 7135-a, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library

Acquisition Informaiton

Deposit 22 Jul 1964

Funding Note

Funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Amelie Rives Troubetzkoy
  • Atwood R. Martin
  • Bertha Reunkle
  • Bret Hart
  • Bronson [Crocker] Howard
  • Caesar
  • Charles F. Chichester
  • Charles George Douglas Roberts
  • Charles deKay
  • Clarence Clough Buel
  • Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
  • Elizabeth Stuart Phelps] Ward
  • Epes Sargent
  • Fanny Heaslip Lea
  • Florence Nightingale Levy
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • George Madden Martin
  • George Washington Cable
  • Herbert Dickinson Ward
  • Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
  • John Fletcher Hurst
  • Laurence Alma-Tadema
  • Lewis Frank Tooker
  • Mary Austin
  • Peter Cooper
  • Richard Watson Gilder
  • Richard Watson Gilder
  • Robert Bridges
  • Robert Underwood Johnson
  • Robert Underwood] Johnson
  • Samuel Reynolds Hole
  • Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • William Hayes Ward
  • William Webster Ellsworth
  • [Albrecht] Durer
  • [George Henry] Sargent
  • [Henry Cabot] Lodge
  • [John] Burroughs

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Bordertown, New Jersey
  • Boston
  • California
  • Canada
  • Cape May, New Jersey
  • Castle Hill, Virginia
  • East Gloucester, Massachusetts
  • England
  • Japan
  • Lee, Massachusetts
  • London, England
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Moscow
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Russia
  • San Francisco
  • Tyringham, Massachusetts
  • Washington, D. C.

Item Listing

  • Poem, " On the Life-Mask of Abraham Lincoln"
    1907 Nov 16
    AMsS, 1 p.
  • Poem, " The Christ-Child"
    n. d.
    AMs, 1 p.


  • Poem, " A Letter to John Burroughs"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 11 p.

    [Includes an initialed note by Gilder stating that the poem was later called " The Building of the Chimney"; begins, "My chimney is builded . . ."]

  • Poem, " On a Portrait of Servetus"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.
  • Poem, " The Singing River"
    n. d.
    AMsS, 1 p.

    [Includes note on top of page, "This is the original for Mrs. [Aldrich]."]

  • Poem, " Two Optimists"
    n. d.
    AMs, 2 p.


  • Essay, " American Sentiment Concerning Russia and Japan"
    n. d.
    AMs, 18 p.

    [Missing pages 2-6.]

  • Editorial, " The Christmas Century"
    n. d.
    AMs, 5 p.
  • Editorial, " A Law-Regarding Race"
    n. d.
    AMs, 2 p.
  • Essay, " The Only Literary Success Worth Having"
    n. d.
    AMs, 4 p.
  • Essay, " A Test of Character"
    n. d.
    AMs, 3 p.


  • Editorial, " Ten Thousand Manuscripts"
    n. d.
    AMs, 7 p.
  • Poem, " A Soul Lost and Found"
    n. d.
    TMsS, 2 p.

    [Includes autograph corrections.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Mr. Seymour
    1871 Apr 27
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Wonders if he wants any of Scribner'sJapanpictures for his series Travel and Adventure.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, Bordertown, New Jersey, to Dr. [ Robert Bridges]
    1876 Oct 13
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Talks about a novel by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen; says it seems more foreign than Gunnaralthough it depicts life in an American Western Norwegian settlement; adds that the novel needs work, but that he considers it worth publishing in the magazine.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Mrs. Foot
    1877 May 23
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Says he is sorry about her ill health; mentions a short story she has in the works; says he has been to see Frances Hodgson Burnettand that she is writing a new serial for him; praises Burnett's play, " Esmeralda. "]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen
    1880 Jun 26
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Praises his piece " The Lost Hellos"; says that the "Dr." agrees that the piece is in "excellent form --heathenish but heavenly"; discusses business.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Epes Sargent, New York
    1880 Sep 22
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Asks for help in selecting pieces for the "encyclopedia"; suggests several titles, including Charles deKay's Hespherus and Other Poems(1880).]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Dr. William Hayes Ward, New York
    1885 Oct 24
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Press copy in secretarial handwriting and signature; discusses a piece that may appear in Century Magazine. ]

  • Amelie Rives Troubetzkoy, Castle Hill, Virginia, to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1886 Apr 4
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Discusses her piece " Goranne de Savare" which he has sent to her to correct.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Dr. William Hayes Ward, [ New York]
    1888 Apr 24
    TLS, 2 p.

    [Discusses poem, " The Innovation" by Ward; Gilder agrees with Lewis Frank Tooker, of the Centurystaff; criticizes content and style of the poem and suggests changes for both; says poem reminds him of Swinburne and Whitman.]

  • Charles F. Chichester, New York, to Richard Watson Gilder
    1888 Sep 5
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Speaks of an enclosed letter that will interest him; says he has information that Scribner'swill send an expedition to Russia; wonders if their own friend in Moscowhas definite information on it, but has mixed them up; reports on progress repairing the Century Building on 17th Street; says the mantel in Gilder's office with Dr. Howard's relief was destroyed and wonders if he has taken measures to replace the original carving with a replica; comments in postscript on a book by Peter Cooperon Jefferson which the Century Co.is not going to publish; says he is afraid the family will not make money from the book because of small sales.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Bishop John Fletcher Hurst, Washington, D. C.
    1890 Jan 30
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Says he would like to see Hurst's paper on the "Salzburg Exiles"; says he is convinced the bishop will make a good thing of it.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Dr. William Hayes Ward, New York
    1890 Dec 5
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Sends him some material he requested.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Herbert Dickinson Ward
    1893 Nov 29
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Says he is pleased that Ward likes the illustrations by [A.] Castaigne; states that the story will appear in the February number.]

  • Sir Charles George Douglas Robertsto Richard Watson Gilder
    1896 Aug [1]
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Welcomes him and his wife to Canada; hopes Mrs. Gilder's health is improved; quotes a line of "native Canadian verse."]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Dr. William Hayes Ward, [ New York]
    1896 Nov 29
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Says he is not sure that Ward will like his frankness; asks for a prompt return of the manuscript.]

  • Samuel Reynolds Hole, [ England], to Richard Watson Gilder, [ England]
    1898 Jul 22
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Admires the North American Review; appreciates the invitation for literary contribution; says his time is, however, limited because he is writing a book [ Our Gardens]; wishes him a successful visit to England. ]

  • Bronson [Crocker] Howardto Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1899 May 25
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Sends him part of a proposed article; says he is very unsure of the piece as he is used to writing dramatic dialogue only; asks for perfect frankness from him; talks about illustrations for the article.]

  • Laurence Alma-Tadema, London, England, to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1899 Oct 13
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Offers a short novel for possible publication in 3 parts to Century Magazine. ]

  • George Madden Martin(Mrs. Atwood R. Martin), Louisville, Kentucky, to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1900 Sep 19
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Thanks him for the verdict on her manuscript; confesses that she had doubts about it herself after sending it off; apologizes for sending it.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Florence Nightingale Levy, New York
    1900 Oct 4
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Notifies her that the business proposition relating to the American Art Annual has been rejected; says it would be too expensive for the club; with autograph sentence.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, Four Brooks Farm, Lee, Massachusetts, to Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    1901 Aug 6
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Looks forward to the Aldrich family's visit to Four Brooks Farm; gives directions to farm and description of it; says they will discuss proper attire for Aldrich to appear in at Harvardand Yale[to receive honorary degrees ?] there and then; tells him that Professor Wein's tailor is the one to engage; speaks at length about the academic gowns for both occasions.]

  • Cyrus Townsend Brady, Cape May, New Jersey, to Editor of Century Magazine[ Richard Watson Gilder], New York
    1901 Aug 23
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Returns galleys to " Under the Ban of the Redbeard"; says the story should be called "Barbarossa," a more captivating name for a book as well as a play, which he intends to do; defends his usage of the words "King" and "Kaiser," citing Caesarand the Roman Empire; explains his attitude toward the use of capital and lower case letters for titles; wishes to put under his name in galley 1, "author of The [Guiberon] Touchand Colonial Fights and Fighters, " the titles of his last books to be published in the fall; asks for a set of proofs of the illustrations.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to [ Elizabeth Stuart Phelps] Ward, [ Massachusetts]
    1902 Feb 25
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Says he is locked up at home with a "blooming" cold; speaks about a letter he has sent her; gives her permission to use the letter as she pleases; says he will sign what she sends him; pleads with her not to overexert herself for the cause.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, East Gloucester, Massachusetts, to Herbert Dickinson Ward
    1902 Aug 29
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Says Ward has been mentioned as one author who may have written " The Confessions of a Wife"; asks him to assist in the concealment of authorship by returning to affirm or deny the rumor; says he heard of Ward's possible authorship from the "traveler."]

  • Bertha Reunkle, [ New York], to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1902 Nov 11
    ALS, 3 p.

    [Sends him the manuscript of a story she has not quite finished; reminds him that he asked to see it some time ago.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Mr. Chambers
    1903 Jan 14
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Refuses to publish his piece in Century Magazine; says the story regards suicide and is controversial.]

  • Clarence Clough Buel, New York, to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1903 Sep 28
    ALS,1 p.w/AN

    [Discusses the December issue of Century Magazine; informs him that there is room for [John] Burroughs, [Henry Cabot] Lodge, and [George Henry] Sargentas well as [" The Bigoudines"], an illustrated article; asks for his wishes and ideas; mentions the pleasant news of Gilder's progress. Includes initialed AN by Gilder and autograph note, initialed by Gilder, remarking on the contents and looks of the December issue of Century Magazine; ]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, [ New York], to Herbert Dickinson Ward
    1903 Dec 30
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Says he is at home on the mend; tells him it might be necessary to see Mr. [ Robert Underwood] Johnsonwho is running things at Century Magazine; expresses New Year's wishes.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, Lee, Massachusetts, to Robert Underwood Johnson, New York
    1904 Oct 13
    ALS, 1 p.

    [Discusses poetic work by Gilder which Johnson has looked at and made suggestions about; compliments him for devoting so much attention to details of composition, etc., even though he is busy as an editor.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, [ Boston]
    1904 Nov 3
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Discusses a book she wrote expressing her anti-vivisection views; discusses her following of homeopathic medicine and vegetarianism; speaks of his own revulsion to hunting, fishing, even eating mutton; leans toward a vegetarian diet; speaks accusingly of landlords near his farm in Massachusetts, Trinity Church, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and of Abraham Lincoln; says that "Gentle Lincoln" assisted in the vivisection and maiming of myriads, without anesthesia, and destroyed millions of human lives to free the slaves.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, [ New York], to Harry Thurston Peck
    1904 Dec 29
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Tries to meet with him to speak about a print in the current chapter of his history.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, Lee, Massachusetts, to Thomas Bailey Aldrich
    1905 Sep 4
    ALS, 4 p.

    [Talks about a woman writer whose "charming" novel Four Ways to Paradisewas published by the Century Co., but who does not write much any more these days; hopes the rainy weather will stop for Aldrich's visit; says they had a reading the night before of favorite pieces by Aldrich, of which a verse was appreciated by their old friend, the Marquis di Rosalis, though he is not familiar with it; gives directions for coming by trolley from Pittsfield to Lee, should he miss the connection.]

  • William Webster Ellsworth, New York, to Richard Watson Gilder, Tyringham, Massachusetts
    1906 Jul 30
    TLS, 2 p.

    [Discusses a trip to California, a meeting with Mary Austinin San Francisco, the possibility of serializing one of her books [ Isidro]; mentions her other books and poetry, published by Houghton, Mifflin, and Co.; mentions writing of Bret Hartand George Washington Cable; says he dissuaded Austin from moving to the east coast; discusses other Century Co.business; includes autograph note.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward, [ Massachusetts]
    1907 Dec 28
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Talks about a fine copy of the praying hands by [Albrecht] Durerand a book about Durer that he owns; mentions Christmas; says he is very happy with a houseful of children; says he has had a setback in his health and is still at home because of it; says she is the kindest person he knows.]

  • Richard Watson Gilder, New York, to Florence Nightingale Levy, New York
    1909 Apr 22
    TLS, 1 p.

    [Discusses an old mantelpiece in his house, 13 East 8th Street, which he considers poor architecture, not a good Colonial example; says she is welcome to look at; includes autograph sentence.]

  • Fanny Heaslip Lea, New Orleans, to Richard Watson Gilder, New York
    1910 Jan 14
    ALS, 2 p.

    [Discusses her short story, " Little Anna and the Gentleman Adventurer" which she sent to Century Magazine; says it has not been acknowledged; written after Gilder's death in November 1909.]

  • Proof of poem, " Hymn"
    1881 Jul
    Proof, 1 p.

    [Includes autograph notes, initialed.]

  • Portrait of Richard Watson Gilder, with caption, clipped from a magazine
    n. d.