• Lincoln Biographer Joshua G. Holland Provides His Photograph

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    JOSIAH GILBERT HOLLAND (JULY 24, 1819 – October 12, 1881) was an American novelist and poet who write under the pseudonym Timothy Titcomb. He helped found and edit Scribner’s Monthly (afterwards the Century Magazine) in which several of his novels appeared. Holland studied medicine at the Berkshire Medical School, where he took a degree in 1844.  While trying to establish a practice, he wrote for periodicals and even attempted to publish a newspaper. After giving up medicine in 1848, he left western Massachusetts and took a teaching position in Richmond, VA, followed by one in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He returned to Western Massachusetts in 1850 and became editor of the Springfield Republican newspaper. Holland wrote an eloquent eulogy of Abraham Lincoln within days of Lincoln’s death, prompting a commission for a full biography of Lincoln – “Life of Abraham Lincoln.”  It portrayed Lincoln as the great emancipator.


    Offering a one-page ALS, 5 ¼ x 7 ¼, Oct. 7, 1881, five days before Holland’s death, written on The Century Magazine stationary.


    “...You need a photograph of my face for engraving [a] picture. I enclose the last one taken as I think it is the best I have.


    “J.G. Holland”


    Folds. Mounting residue on verso.  Typed note to the front stating that the letter was written five days before Holland’s death.


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