Herbert Hoover's Handwritten List of His Autograph Collection

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Herbert Hoover's Handwritten List of His Autograph Collection
Autograph Note
5 pages | SMC 329

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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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      Authors & Scientists & Preachers - 

      John Hay 

      Henry W Longfellow                    
      aut. poem,  Excelsior
      card 1875    

      Thos Nast 1872                      

      card

      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 (letter)     
      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.

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      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 
      (letter)
      George S. Boutnell ? 1872 card
      Samuel F. Knight card
      Genl. Garibaldi
      [Anthony Trollope]                
      [Elsie Leslie Lyle] 

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      Hopkinson

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      Plymouth Church  [indecipherable]

      (H W Beecher -)
      +30 odd signatures

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      Prof Sillman

      Agassiz - B Sillman etc

      Oliver Wolcott
      Letter 1806- draft 1805

      Joel Barlow 1808

      [...] Trumbell - 1816