Herbert Hoover’s Handwritten List of His Autograph Collection

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Herbert Hoover collected autographs; here is his handwritten list of his holdings. His collection included Longfellow’s “Excelsior”, a quotation from Wendell Phillips, and a postcard from Mark Twain. Standard 19th century American worthies, such as Bryant, Whittier, Holmes Sr., and Stowe, are represented – but, oddly, no presidents. There is a queen, however -  Victoria -  and the British reformer, Cobbett, along with a handful of New York Mayors. The most valuable piece, Hoover notes, is a letter of Bayard Taylor –  the poet, travel writer, and great chronicler of Palestine and the Levant.

 Autograph Note, in pencil; 5 pages, quarto, no place or date.

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[20 items]

John Hay
Authors & Scientists & Preachers -

Henry W Longfellow                    
aut. poem,  Excelsior    x     
card 1875   

Thos Nast 1872                      

William Cullen Bryant (card)             

Henry George 1882                                                                                      

James D Dana letter 1874

Lyman Abbott 1872 card                                                                             

Mark Twain postcard                     

Wendell Phillips     
signed quotation 1867
T. B. Aldrich letter 1883 

John G. Whither signature

Edwin Booth  card    

Oliver Wendell Holmes card 1875

Harriet Beecher Stowe 1873  card

Bayard  Taylor 1847
(valuable letter)

William Cobett 
envelope 1835    

Wm Eggleson

Gail Hamilton (card)    

E.E. Goldsmid 1874

Owen Moore
(aut doggerel)

Marshal P. Weldon  card - 

Charllot M. Clark card

De Witt Talmage letter 1890

Bishop A.M. Wittingham card   

Bishop Palles card 1898

John B. Gough card

Brigham Young card

D.L. Moody card

Albert Barnes -

Harry Ward Beecher card

   "      "         "          "

Robert Burdette

Paul Elder 
Seetby St.

[12 items]                                                             
Mitchell Hights

A.J. [sic] Havemayer Mayor New York 1873 card

Queen Victoria refusal  to give autograph
Ferdinand Wood 1877

Robert Lowry ? 1876

Robert Blakley ?

LL or JJ.?  Powell 1872

H. L. Jewett (Beth. Pa)?

Olive Logan 1872 

J. Nelson  ? card             

George J. Webb 1875

George S. Boutnell ? 1872 card
Samuel F. Knight card

Genl. Garibaldi

[Anthony Trollope]                 [Elsie Leslie Lyle] 


Plymouth Church  [indecipherable]

(H W Beecher)
+30 odd signatures

[1 item]

 Prof Sillman

Agassiz - B Sillman etc

Oliver Wolcott
Letter 1806- draft 1805

Joel Barlow 1808

[...] Trumbell - 1816