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ALICE MORSE EARLE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/17/1901 - HFSID 295989

ALICE MORSE EARLE The chronicler of early American customs seeks photos of old Southern gardens. Autograph Letter signed: "Alice Morse Earle", 4 pages (integral leaf), 5¼x6½. Worcester, Massachusetts, 1901 July 17.

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ALICE MORSE EARLE
The chronicler of early American customs seeks photos of old Southern gardens.
Autograph Letter signed: "Alice Morse Earle", 4 pages (integral leaf), 5¼x6½. Worcester, Massachusetts, 1901 July 17. To "Dear Miss Coleman", in full: "I suspect you are the Miss Coleman I met at Mrs. Baker's in Deerfield. The name of Miss E. T. Coleman has just been sent by Mr. Eldridge of {?] Inn, Camden, S. C., with the assertion that (she) you took some fine photographic views of gardens in Camden. My forthcoming book is entitled Old Time Gardens. It is an elastic title - and I have made it include old gardens - and old-fashioned flowers in newer gardens. I have secured many exquisite photographs for it, and I write to see whether I cannot purchase further photographs from you. I should like not only some of Southern gardens but of Northern ones. I want picturesque gates overhung with vines, arbors, summer houses, [illegible phrase], single blooming shrubs, clumps of old-fashioned flowers, pot borders, sun dials, etc. I want specially examples of the clipped hedges and arches of Southern gardens. I am now visiting my sister Miss Morse in Worcester. We are coming on Wednesday the 10 to Deerfield to see the rooms of the Memorial Hall. For my sister is making a book on old furniture. I am hoping you will be at Deerfield, but I send this to the Boston address which was given me. I am sincerely yours. Alice Morse Earle (1851-1911) was an historian of early American social customs, especially of New England life in earlier times. When she wrote this letter, she had already published several books, including Curious Punishments of Bygone Days (1896) and Customs and Fashions of Old New England (1893). The books she anticipates in this letter were soon published: Old Time Gardens (1901) and The Sun Dials and Roses of Yesterday (2002). Toned and creased. Multiple mailing folds. Corners creased. Minor notches at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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