• Abolitionist, Poet James Russell Lowell Writes of Guide

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    JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL (February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American Romantic poet, critic and diplomat. He associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers.  Lowell graduated from Harvard College in 1838 and, despite his reputation as a troublemaker, went on to earn a law degree from Harvard Law School.  He published his first collection of poetry in 1841 and married Maria White in 1844. They became involved in the abolitionist movement and Lowell used poetry to express his anti-slavery views.  He took a job in Philadelphia as editor of an abolitionist newspaper.  After moving back to Cambridge, Lowell was one of the founders of a journal called The Pioneer, which lasted only three issues.  His wife died in 1853 and Lowell accepted a professorship at Harvard teaching languages. He married Frances Dunlap in 1857, the same year he became editor of The Atlantic Monthly. Twenty years later, he received his first political appointment as Ambassador of Spain. He was later appointed ambassador to the Court of St. James.


    Lowell believed that the poet played an important role as a prophet and critic of society. His commitment to the anti-slavery cause wavered over the years, as did his opinion on African-Americans.


    1 1/3 pp, 4 x 6, 11 Down Street, Saturday, to Mrs. Sturgis. “It will give me very great pleasure to renew my pleasant acquaintance of ever so many years ago.


    “The proposition to come in the morning…is most benign & simplifies the problem of getting to you very much.


    “Shall we say Tuesday?


    “Mr. Sturgis has kindly offered to be our guide & if we hear nothing to the contrary we will come on Tuesday afternoon.


    “Very faithfully yours,


    “JR Lowell.”


    Light toning, but overall very good with one fold.


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