This collection consists of two
holograph letters that were tipped into a book purchased for Special Collections in 1974:
Linen, James, The Golden Gate (San Francisco: Edward Bosqui and Co., 1869). Both letters are
written by Linen and addressed to his friend "Hiram." The letter dated March 1866 concerns
reviews of Linen's book, The poetical and prose writings of James Linen (New York: W. J.
Widdleton, 1866). The letter dated June 19, 1866 concerns Linen's travels and a statement
made about him by his friend Hiram in an article.
James Linen, poet, was born in Scotland in 1808. He emigrated to the United States, and for
many years carried on a large book-binding establishment in New York City. Later he spent
some years in California, where he was an active member of the Scottish benevolent
societies. His last years were passed in New York City. He contributed poems, mostly in the
Scotch dialect, to the Knickerbocker Magazine, the Scottish-American and other newspapers,
and published a collection of them under the title of Songs of the Seasons and other Poems
(New York, 1852). A large collection of his Poetical and Prose Writings (San Francisco,
1865) was followed by a smaller one (New York, 1866) of the same title. He also published
The Golden Gate (1869). James Linen died in New York City on November 20, 1873.
0.1 Linear Feet
(1 oversize folder)
Property rights reside with the University of California. Literary rights are retained by
the creators of the records and their heirs. For permissions to reproduce or to publish,
please contact the Head of Special Collections and University Archives.
Collection is open for research.