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1 [Stoddard, Charles Warren] Wm. R. William Rounseville Alger. Autograph Letter, Signed, to Charles Warren Stoddard.

Dateline Winston House, Mt. Kearsarge, N.H., (no date), where Alger is on vacation. Responding to Stoddard's letter asking Alger to help him get some lecturing dates on the New England lecture circuit. "I have no doubt such a lecture as you describe would be interesting and instructive, yet we have here in the Middle and Eastern states so many lectures, such a multitude of popular public entertainments of all sorts...but if you have the pluck and passion to try it, why then all I can say is God speed you and grant you a success which I cannot soberly anticipate for you." He finishes with his wish to someday visit "the Golden Coast" (California) if he lives long enough, and will count it a great pleasure to visit Stoddard there. Alger (1822-1905) was a Harvard trained Unitarian clergyman, a writer, and "...a favorite on the lyceum platform, and much in demand as a speaker for special occasions." (DAB). His cousin was Horatio Alger. Two conjugate leaves, three pages, paper a little toned, mounting stains on the 4th page, a blank. Very Good condition. 
Price: 90.00 USD
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2 Alger, William Rounseville. Public Morals: Or the True Glory of a State. A Discourse Delivered Before the Executive and Legislative Departments of the Government of Massachusetts at the Annual Election, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 1862.

Boston: William White, 1862. Original printed wrappers, 55 pp. Alger was a clergyman who was sought after as a lecturer and wrote a variety of books, including "The Poetry of the Orient or Metrical Specimens of the Thought, Sentiment, and Fancy of the East," prefaced by an elaborate dissertation (1856) ; "A Critical History of the Doctrine of Future Life," with a bibliography by Ezra Abbot, containing 5,000 titles (1861) ; " The Genius of Solitude; or The Loneliness of Human Life (1861). Rear wrapper neatly separated from the spine but still present, else a Fine copy. 
Price: 40.00 USD
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3 Alger, William R. Rounseville. The Charities of Boston; Or, Twenty Years at the Warren-street Chapel.

Boston: John Wilson, 1856. First edition. Original printed blue wrappers, 28 pp. Spine eroded, somewhat soiled. A Good copy. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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4 Alger, William Rounseville. The Genius and Posture of America. An Oration Delivered Before the Citizens of Boston, July 4, 1857.

Boston: The Boston Daily Bee, 1857. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 60 pp. A presentation copy: "Dr. Samuel Osgood with Compliments of the Author." This speech slammed the South and named any northerner a "flunkey" who would appease the pro-slavery states. In the appendix is printed the relevant minutes of two meetings in Boston, where it was voted not to print, at City expense as tradition demanded, this 4th of July speech: The Board of Aldermen, 1 Yea, 9 Nays, 2 Absent; The Common Council, 3 Yeas, 37 Nays, 7 Absent. Alger was a well known Unitarian minister, in great demand as a speaker, and the cousin of Horatio Alger. Osgood was likewise a Unitarian minister; he contributed to several "Transcendental" periodicals. Rear wrapper lacking. Stringbound, the string has disappeared; all but the last gathering of two leaves are still held together by the glue that attached the wrappers at the spine. A Fair copy, only. 
Price: 125.00 USD
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5 Alger, William Rounseville. The True Lessons of Grief. A Sermon, Preached to the New North Religious Society, In Boston...

Boston: Charles H. Crosby, printer, 1864. First edition. Original printed wrappers, 20pp. Like his cousin Horatio Alger, Jr., William Rounseville Alger was a Unitarian minister. He was an abolitionist, a writer on comparative religion, and a lecturer. A little soiled, else Fine. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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