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Tinckam, Charles William
Charles W. Tinckam Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of correspondence of nineteenth-century English editor Charles W. Tinckam with about 45 poets, authors, songwriters, or their representatives, seeking permission to use their poems in his anthology The Poets' Year, Being Pastoral Pictures of the Season, which was published in 1874.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence of Charles W. Tinckam with about 45 poets, authors, songwriters, or their representatives, seeking permission to use their poems in his anthology The Poets' Year, Being Pastoral Pictures of the Season. Most of the items that Tinckam requests are related to the seasons or the months of the year. Writers or publishers include William Davenport Adams, Henry Alford, William Bennett, Bradbury & Evans, Edward Capern, Chapman & Hall (regarding a piece by Robert Browning and Chapter 2 of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens), Eliza Cook, Leigh Hunt, Charles Mackay, Macmillan & Co., Edmund Ollier (the editor of The Quiver), T. Teignmouth Shore, Agnes Strickland, Algernon Charles Swinburne, and David Wingate. Included is a letter written in the hand of Emily Tennyson on behalf of Alfred Lord Tennyson, dated December 7, 1866, and on embossed letterhead with the address "Farringford, Freshwater, Isle of White," granting permission to include "The Death of the Old Year" in the anthology. There is another letter written on Tennyson's behalf, written in a different hand on Tennyson letterhead, dated December 16, 1867. In a letter dated December 6, 1866, Tinckam asks Thomas Miller for permission to include two of his poems in the anthology, which he originally titled "The Months of the Year as told by the Poets." Miller's response, written in pencil on page three of the letter, granting Tinckam permission, suggests a different title for the anthology.

Included among the letters are an undated autograph poem by an unidentified author, titled "Gems of the Months," and a receipt dated September 8, 1871, for the sum of £5, given to Frederick Warne & Co. by the publishers Messrs. Albert J. Crocker Bros. "for the purchase of the arrangement of The Poets' Year edited, selected and arranged by Charles William Tinckam."


The items are arranged in alphabetical order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Tinckam, Charles William

Tinckam, an English editor, selected, edited, and arranged the material for the poetry anthology The Poets' Year, Being Pastoral Pictures of the Seasons, to which he sold his rights to the arrangement in September 1871. The anthology was first published in 1874 in London by F. Warne and Co.

Collection History


Purchased on August 30, 2000 .


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Charles W. Tinckam Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1