Four-page autograph letter signed "To Fräulein Gisela von Arnim". Author: Emerson, Ralph Waldo Title: Four-page autograph letter signed "To Fräulein Gisela von Arnim" Publication: Concord, Masstes.7" x 4½", on integral leaves; previous folds; near fine. On embossed stationery of De La Rue & Co. A fine letter introducing Emerson's friend, Elizabeth Hoar, who had been engaged to marry Emerson's brother before his untimely death, to the German writers Bettina and Gisela von Arnim. She and Ralph Waldo Emerson have been described as like brother and sister.
Grant, a representative in the United States Congress. In June of 1858 Emerson wrote a warm letter to Gisela von Arnim to thank her for the gift of her dramatic works and offering his respects and praise for her elderly mother Bettina, who was to die the next year.The present letter asks Gisela to "allow me to press the slight claim to your acquaintance which your valued gift created" to introduce an intimate & honored friend of mine, Miss Elizabeth Hoar, who goes to pass a year in Europe & means to visit Berlin. She was, many years since, a faithful reader, with me, of the books of the Frau von Arnim, & I wish to ask for Miss H.
An introduction to her, if she is in Berlin, & in good health. Miss Hoar travels with her brother, Mr.
Hoar, & her friend, Miss Pritchard. The letter was published in The Letters of Ralph Waldo Emerson ed. 574-575, with the footnote No MS located; text from a copy (from the MS) provided by Goodspeed's Book Shop.
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