Contents and Arrangement

Correspondence: R-S, 1866-1872

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


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."

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

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Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Credit this material:

Correspondence: R-S; Charles W. Tinckam Collection, C1234, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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