Correspondence, 1833-1866.


James Munroe and Company. Correspondence, 1833-1866.

Correspondence, 1833-1866.

This collection contains three folders of letters written to James Munroe and Company from authors, ministers, scholars, college instructors, booksellers, and other individuals. The letters were sent from various locations, including Missouri, Ohio, Arkansas, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New York, France, and many parts of New England. The ministers were mostly Unitarians or Baptists and wrote of their subscriptions to the Christian Examiner, which was published by Munroe and distributed by the Rev. Allen Putnam (1802-1887). Other ministers, such as Samuel May (1810-1899) and William Frothingham ( - ), were apparently distributing religious tracts and books for Munroe's company and wrote concerning compensation for their services in the form of cash or books. Among the authors who wrote to the company seeking publication of their works were: George Goldthwait Ingersoll (1796-1863); David Fosdick, Jr. (1813-1892); Eliza Jane Cate (1812-1884); Henry Peterson (1818-1891), an abolitionist author; and George Osborne Stearns ( - ), a Worcester, Mass., temperance writer. Several poets also contacted Munroe concerning publication. These included Nathan Ames ( - ) and William Edward Knowles ( - ). John Louis O'Sullivan (1813-1895) wrote to Munroe in 1844 on behalf of his friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), and his contract problems over the publication of Twice Told Tales. Many scholars also contacted the company with offers to translate classical works or with book orders for their classes, e.g., William Seymour Tyler (1810-1897) of Amherst College, James Phillips ( - ) of the University of North Carolina, and others at Oberlin College, Williams College, and various secondary and Sunday schools. Several individuals sent orders for book lists or specific books, detailing the type of binding they wished to be used, e.g., Edmund Quincy Sewall (1828-1908) and William Silsbee ( - ). The company was also appparently involved in collecting dues for the Peace Society in 1847.

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