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Bok, Edward (1863-1930) Typed letter signed, Philadelphia, Addressed to Elbert Hubbard, 1899 December 27

 File — Box: 1, Folder: 7

Scope and Content

From the Collection: This collection consists of letters and supporting documentation, books on the art of letter writing, a small miscellaneous grouping of catalogs and photographs, and issues of The Wolf Magazine of Letters from June-July 1979 to Summer Quarterly 1991. The earliest letter, from the Marquise de Sevigne, dates from 1695; while the most recent was signed by entertainer Mike Douglas in 1980. Most of the letters date from the 19th century. The collection, which now numbers 85 letters, will continue to grow; in conjunction with his gift, Mr. Lang established a gift annuity to be used for the maintenance and augmentation of the collection.


  • 1899 December 27


Language of Materials

From the Collection: The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on access to this collection.


From the Collection: 1.26 linear feet


Good. Slight fading of ink, moderate soiling inside, one horizontal fold bisecting signature

1.5 pages on 1st and 4th leaves, 9"x 7" (4to)


[page 1]

[handwritten: 35 - 75]

[letterhead: The Ladies’ Home Journal Philadelphia.]

[Letterhead: Edited by Edward Bok]

December 27, 1899.

My dear Mr. Hubbard:

It certainly pleased me quite beyond ordinary expression when on Christmas morning I received the exquisitely bound copy of “A Message to Garcia”, in connection with the other impression, and I want to have you know how sincerely grate- ful I am for the courtesy and your personal in- scription. You have certainly given this little masterpiece a fitting frame, and when I read it again, I wished, as I have so often wished, that I had written just that article and nothing else. I should be quite content with having done that one piece of work, and want to congratulate you sincerely on its authorship.

Some day I am surely coming up to East Au- rora to look over your interesting place, for it

[page 2]

certainly must be full of interest. Mrs. Bok fears my visit, however, because she says that I will bankrupt myself and buy every book in sight -- which is very likely. Believe me, with best wishes for the New Year, and hoping that it may be the happiest and most prosperous which has ever come to you and your interests,

Very gratefully yours,

Edward Bok

Mr. Elbert Hubbard



Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States