Letters / Poems

This Day in 1915, Robert Frost Writes from Littleton About Thomas Jefferson

"Frost" by Littleton View Co. -- Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Frost” by Littleton View Co. — Publisher [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

An excerpt from a letter Robert Frost wrote on April 4, 1915 in Littleton, New Hampshire to Albert Shaw, in reference to a review of Frost’s book A Boy’s Will (Holt, 1915) in the first American edition of ABW, which was issued in April.

Let me thank you for Baxter’s good article; and for the review of the book . . . I have had no better. The quoted passage about Thomas Jefferson is a favorite of mine and one I seem to like the looks of in a magazine of politics.*

But thanks most of all for your letter testifying to the truth of my New England. So you are a Yankee, too. I am supposed to have caught in my book the last moments of a dying race.

-Robert Frost

*The reviewer quoted a passage from “The Black Cottage,” which included the following lines:

Her giving somehow touched the principle
That all men are created free and equal
And to hear her quaint phrases—so removed
From the world’s view to-day of those things.
That’s a hard mystery of Jefferson’s . . .

Frost, R., Sheehy, D., Richardson, M., & Faggen, R. (2014). The letters of Robert Frost. 1886-1920. Cambridge, MA: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press.

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