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Description: American poet James Russell Lowell (1819-1891) wrote this kind letter of 1871 in which he declines an invitation from architect Henry Van Brunt. Lowell writes he has plans to dine with someone else, "otherwise [he] should have been happy to sit at meat with the architects…"

Lowell is considered one of the Fireside Poets, a popular group of writers from New England in the 1840s whose work was often read aloud by the family fireplace. Other notable poets in the group were: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

Written on a piece of stationery with a blind-stamped calligraphic "L" that has been folded in half. 7" x 8 7/8". Item #A00508.

Condition: Two horizontal fold lines reinforced with archival tape on verso, paper toned on lower half, name of addressee smeared, otherwise good condition.