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[A Collection of Letters, Manuscripts and Printed Items]
Various Places, 1935. A substantial lot, in very good to fine condition. The material is either directed to, or to the wife or associates of, community leader, inventor and banker John D. Overholt, of Wooster, Ohio, and consists of the following: [a] Five autograph letters signed, 6pp, 4to and 8vo, West New Brighton, New York, 92 Waters Avenue, West New Brighton, New York, The Central Methodist Church, Lansing, Michigan, and 752 Hartshorn Street, Alliance, Ohio, 5 April 1926 to 6 February 1935, with 4 envelopes. From Markham to his "good and generous friend," John D. Overholt and his wife, agreeing [5 April 1926] after "coming back from Missouri" to "have one or more lecture-readings in your meridian"; sending thanks [23 April 1926] "... for your recent letter, inviting to visit you on my way home from Kansas City ... [I]t will be a 'consummation devoutly to be wisht'." And discussing his lecture fees ("Let me say that the matter ... is left entirely in your hands."); confirming [4 July 1932] that he has sent the "... two copies of New Poems" as requested and hopes to see "you two lovely souls" during a forthcoming visit to Toledo; writing [21Oct. 1932] "It has been a joy to meet you again -- you and your two radiant sons, who are blessing the world with their service. . . . We will all meet again ... here or in that beautiful world that awaits us in the great days ahead…"; seeking advice [6 Nov. 1932] "What course would I best take to satisfy the Canada company that Alma Newton Anderson is alive at the present time so that they will feel like paying me the November annuity check. It appears that she is refusing to send the company the usual statement that she is alive"; and [6 Feb. 1935] inquiring about Mrs. Overholt ("I am wondering whether she is keeping on with her little essays, some of which I read with keen interest. She ought to have an outlet in some magazine.") and reporting on work in progress ("...I am working on my Collected Poems, which I am hoping to print next year. I want to see them thru the press, for I don't wish to trust the punctuation to other hands. To me, a comma is as significant as a bend in the Mississippi." Together with a typed letter signed, dated 24 Aug. 1933, from Anna Catherine Markham to John Overholt, written on behalf of her husband, who "was called away to New England leaving a stack of unanswered letters on his table." [b] An autograph manuscript signed of Markham's poem, "Inbrothered," one page, oblong 8vo, dated March 1925, inscribed by the poet, "For my friend, John D. Overholt." [c] An autograph manuscript signed of Markham's poem, "The Place of Peace," one page, oblong 8vo, inscribed "For dear Mrs. J.S. Overholt -- June, 1926." [d] An autograph manuscript signed of Markham's poem, "Two at a Fireside," one page, oblong 4to, dated 1929, inscribed by the author: "To John D. Overholt, friend and comrade, one who never forgets, one who is never forgotten!" [e] An autograph statement signed, written in pencil on brown wrapping paper, one page, oblong 8vo, "House of J.D.O. / Wooster," 3 May 1928. To "My dear Miss Richard [?]", reading: "This concerns my little friend, Mildred, who was absent from school today, attending the Circus. Of course you and I know that a child's one day in the Circus may teach her more than a week in the school. She comes into firsthand contact with the lion, the monkey and the polar bear. We hope you will find this sufficient explanation of Mildred's absence. Respectfully…." [f] An autograph letter signed, one page, 4to, on Markham's printed stationery, 92 Waters Avenue, West New Brighton, Staten Island, New York, 11 July 1928, with envelope. To the "Members of the Poets Garden" in Los Angeles, thanking them for flowers sent on the poet's birthday: "You are all angels: hence I am not surprised that you do these angelic deeds … I will keep you all in mind till the last foam-flower closes over me …Your loving remembrances keep my heart alive and singing all this way." [g] An unsigned autograph manuscript, 6pp, 4to, n.p., n.d. Written in prose on 6 leaves of plain paper, with a number of revisions by the author. A reminiscence of an episode in Markham's younger days, beginning: "In the Far West, did I meet any free-booters, any Knights of the Road? Yes, yes, once long ago, I was saddling my horse, after having worked a long summer in the wheat fields, as a strawbuck, bucking the straw from the threshing machine ... While busy sinching [sic] the saddle on my horse, I was approached by a tall powerful fellow who had been working with me … He came up to me all smiles and friendliness." Evidently incomplete. [h] An autograph manuscript signed, entitled "My First School," 3pp, 4to, n.p., n.d. A reflective piece, in prose, written on the rectos of 3 leaves of plain paper, with Markham's revisions in the text which commences: "In 1872 I was graduated at the State Normal School in San Jose, California; and was soon called to teach a school in San Luis Obispo County. On arriving in the neighborhood ... I found that the school house nearby was not yet completed … I picked out an immense oak-tree and I told all the pupils of that school to meet me under the oak-tree on Monday morning." [i] A black-and-white photograph of the poet, by White, approx. 3 1/2" X 5 1/4," inscribed in the border beneath: "Your friend, Edwin Markham 1935." And finally, [j] A group of printed items including a pamphlet produced for the Memorial Service held for Markham at the St. George Theatre, April 20, 1941; a 1924 broadside printing of "The Man with the Hoe," signed by the poet and dated 1933; a mimeographed copy of the same poem, produced for "The Twenty-fifth Anniversary of the Publication of The Man with the Hoe," inscribed by Markham "For my friend, John D. Overholt," signed, and dated "Jan. 1926"; three different broadside printings of "Lincoln, The Man of the People," one a mimeographed version (c. 1924) inscribed: "For my friend, John D. Overholt, in memory of happy hours together, in 1925" and with a line deleted by the poet, a second (printed) copy, with a typed correction in one line, signed by Markham and dated 1928, and a third (clean) printed version, signed "Edwin Markham 1933."
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