Letter from Grace Greenwood to James Fields, Apr 10, 1849

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Letter from Grace Greenwood to James Fields, Apr 10, 1849


Lippincott, Sara Jane (pseudonym: Grace Greenwood), 1832-1904
United States--Boston
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


Greenwood is delighted to find a few of her favorite poems in Fields' new volume. Yet she is surprised to hear of the urgency in regard to the publication of Greenwood Leaves. Recently, she has not written much for publication as both her parents have fallen ill. She hopes that the end of June or the beginning of July when she is in Boston will suffice to approach the publication.
Greenwood has thought of a second title for Greenwood Leaves: "A collection of the Letters and sketches of G.G." She also thinks of including a picture in the collection and mentions copyright issues about which she does not know much.


Huntington Library, James Thomas Fields Papers and Addenda


Lippincott, Sara Jane (pseudonym: Grace Greenwood), 1832-1904


Huntington, JTFP, Box 40, FI 1770





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[page 1] My dear Mr. Fields.
Yours of the 3d has just come to hand. I had given you up as a correspondent. your neat volume of poems reached me a few days since. Many thanks. I like especially "the Post of +++" and am delighted to find some of my old favorites [?] in the collection. poems which I had admired not knowing they were yours. or before knowing you, which is all the same. I am surprised to hear that there is any need of haste, in regard to that publication. I thought that by next July, or August, the +++ Earliest possible time when I can go East would be time enough. But I know nothing about such things. I have done very little as yet in the way of revisiting and preparing, and it may be some time before I shall be able to do anything. My parents are both ill and have been alarmingly

[page 2] +++ of late. All my time is given to nursing. I have not written a line for publication, for two months yet I hope for better times soon. I have thought of an [?] other title than the one I suggested. I think it will answer. The materials for the work are fancifully [?] preserved in Scrap. books, which might I suppose be sent by express. I would have as a second title A collection of the Letters and sketches of G.G. how +++, unless [?] you think there is a fair prospect of the book selling, well, I wont [sic] bring it out.- for the mere name of having published a book, I would not "be such a Dombey "as to "make an export". I think I should like to sell the copyright for a member of yours, - but about all these things I am as green as green can be. I fear what material I have would make to [sic] large a work - but what to leave out and how to arrange I cannot very well tell. until I see you. perhaps I may be in Boston by the last

[page 3] of June, or first of July. wont [sic] that do? You dont [sic] want the book out. before the holidays, do you? Will you send me by mail "Mrs. Osgood's letters about the Lovers". Pardon me for the trouble I give you in various ways. I dont [sic] believe you half liked my last letter. I shall endeavor to write very proper, serious, business letters in future. My kind regards to Mr. Cushman when you write to or see him. Friendly remembrances to Whipple and Giles. Let me hear from you as soon as convenient.
Very sincerely yours
Sara J. Clarke
What do you think of having a "picture" in the collection? There is one by Osgood, in Willis' [?] possession with languishing eyes and +++, which would take, I think.

[envelope] James T. Fields Esq
Ticknor & Co


Lippincott, Sara Jane (pseudonym: Grace Greenwood), 1832-1904


Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881


New Brighton, PA, US

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Lippincott, Sara Jane (pseudonym: Grace Greenwood), 1832-1904, “Letter from Grace Greenwood to James Fields, Apr 10, 1849,” Archival Gossip Collection, accessed February 21, 2024, https://www.archivalgossip.com/collection/items/show/767.

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