Source: Letters of Richard Watson Gilder
Source type: book
Document type: letter
Document title: none
Author(s): Gilder, Richard Watson
Editor(s): Gilder, Rosamond
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company
Place of publication: Boston, Massachusetts
Year of publication: 1916
|Gilder, Richard Watson. [untitled]. Letters of Richard Watson Gilder. Ed. Rosamond Gilder. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1916: p. 340.|
|full text of letter; excerpt of book|
|Richard Watson Gilder (correspondence); Richard Watson Gilder; William McKinley (death: personal response); William McKinley (at Pan-American Exposition).|
|Rodman Gilder; William McKinley [in notes]; Theodore Roosevelt.|
The poem referred to below as “The Comfort of the Trees” can be viewed by clicking here.
The editor precedes the text of the letter below with the following (p. 340):
From title page: Edited by His Daughter, Rosamond Gilder.
What a strange day! This morning
Rodman and I were at the Church of the Ascension. This afternoon, at the time
of silence, we were singing “Nearer, My God, to Thee” with the crowd in front
In the President’s great speech he quoted, I was delighted to find, from my poem on the “City of Light.” In the speech of Vice-President Roosevelt, in opening the Exposition, he quoted from six or seven of my inscriptions on the buildings. The other night I wrote a poem about the President and the trees, “The Comfort of the Trees,” which I hope you will like. What a noble ending he made.