Mitchell, Donald Grant, 1822-1908
- Existence: 1822 - 1908
Donald Grant Mitchell, essayist and novelist, was born in Norwich, Connecticut, graduated from Yale College in 1841 and, after serving abroad briefly as U.S. consul in Venice, Italy, from 1853 to 1854, settled near New Haven, Connecticut. Mitchell wrote literary criticism, travel literature, and volumes of essays on rural themes, including Reveries of a Bachelor (1850), My Farm of Edgewood: A Country Book (1863), and Rural Studies (1867). Other works include the novel Doctor Johns (1866), About Old Story Tellers (1878), and American Lands and Letters (1897–1899).
Found in 47 Collections and/or Records:
The papers include correspondence, legal documents, petitions, pamphlets, and printed material of Samuel Bowles, journalist and political activist. As editor of the influential Springfield Republican, Bowles was a prominent national voice on many public issues during the mid-nineteenth century and included in the papers is correspondence from a number of national political and business figures.
Five autograph manuscript letters, signed, to James T. Fields, Lorettus Sutton Metcalf, Francis Hall, and unnamed recipients. The letters include thank you notes, responses to invitations, and a discussion of his health.
Miscellaneous autographs and letters of American political and cultural figures, among them John and John Quincy Adams, Daniel Webster, Jefferson Davis, Horace Greeley, and Lydia Sigourney. Also included are eleven letters to James F. Babcock, editor of the New Haven Weekly Palladium, on politics (1840-1866) and seven letters (1866-1872) to R. P. Cowles in New Haven from prospective lecturers.
Draft, autograrph, corrected, of review of Sketches from the Subject and Neighbor Lands of Venice by Edward Augustus Freemen (London: Macmillan anf Co., 1881).
ALS stating that Mr. Coggeshall was not among those who wrote to him regarding his book Doctor Johns. Accompanied by reproduction of an engraving of Mitchell after a portrait by C. L. Elliott.
ALS explaining that letters from the recipient's sisters were misaddressed or lost and sending apologies.
Autograph manuscript letter, signed, declining an invitation to services commemorating a Mr. Curtis, and expressing his admiration for Curtis. Accompanied by an undated engraved portrait of Donald Grant Mitchell, engraved by Capewell & Kimmel after a painting by C. L. Elliott, printed by J. Kelly.
ALS to "My dear Sir" concerning an architectural topic.
ALS asking Huntington to help him solicit loans of paintings from private owners for a Commencement exhibition at the N[ew] H[aven] Art School.
ALS thanking the recipient for "the London Lit[erar]y summing up of 'E.W.B.'," and mentioning his crippled right arm.
Autograph letter, signed, from Mitchell saying that he has been out of town and sick with a cold. Letter is inlaid to a larger sheet. Accompanied by a newspaper clipping featuring a biography of Mitchell pasted to verso of sheet.
ALS thanking Phillips for a copy of his "Translations".
ALS concerning a past speaking event.
ALS regarding an article Mitchell is to write to accompany some engravings.
ALS thanking the publishers for the sixth volume of the Cyclopedia of American Biography, and pointing out many errors in the entry for the Woodbridge family.
Accompanied by a reproduction of a photograph of Mitchell.
ALS concerning volume III of an unidentified work.
ALS concerning terms for a series of lectures in New Haven.
Autograph manuscript letter, signed, discussing the spelling of names in Mitchell's work English Lands, Letters, and Kings.
ALS mentioning travel and plans.