Date Published: 1894 to 1924
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Hallie Erminie Rives was a best-selling novelist and wife of the American diplomat Post Wheeler. Rives was the recipient of several poems written in her honour.
The collection consists of 9 items dating from 1894 to 1924 specifically, 4 letters, a composite photo, and 4 books (2 signed).
• TLS and 2 ALS from Sir Thomas Lipton (merchant and celebrated yachtsman, known for his chain of grocery stores and his brand of Lipton teas);
- 2 October 1901, 3 February 1903, and 19 August 1903, letterhead of the S.Y. Erin, thanking her for the shamrock flag, her letter, and book, and the photos of her with “Shamrock III”, and hoping to see her on his yacht to thank her personally.
• ALS from Senator John Warwick Daniel (an American lawyer, author, and Democratic politician from Lynchburg, Virginia who promoted the Lost Cause of the Confederacy), 26 May 1903, enclosing a letter (not present) from Ambassador Choate, and suggesting that a letter from the Secretary of State would prove useful to her in her travels in Europe. B&w composite photo
• (2 photos glued together) of Rives and Post Wheeler, her husband, 31 December 1917 and 11 February 1924.
4 Books (one inscribed and one signed);
• A Fool in Spots (St. Louis: Woodward & Tiernan Printing Co., 1894), Rives’s first novel, black cloth, spine and front hinge a touch loose but holding, bumped corners.
• A Furnace of Earth (New York: The Camelot Company, 1900), grey pictorial cloth, book seller's stamp on inside of rear free endpaper, lower board has a few small stains and two lines from markers, spine darkened, signed presentation copy to her cousins and dated 1 November 1901.
• Hearts Courageous (Indianapolis: The Bowen-Merrill Company, 1903), blue pictorial cloth, limited edition, no. 153, signed by Rives, discoloration on spine, threads showing on front hinge, tear on front free endpaper.
• The Long Lane’s Turning (New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1917), red patterned cloth in chipped jacket.
Hallie Erminie Rives was educated in Kentucky but then went to New York with her mother. At the age of twenty-two, her mother died, and she moved with her father to Amherst County, Virginia. Rives married George Post Wheeler in 1906. Wheeler was Secretary of the American Embassy at Rome, Italy, when they wed; the U.S. Minister to Paraguay from 1929-1933 and to Albania 1933-1934. He was a fellow writer—a poet, children’s book author, and novelist and, a Freemason. Her writings published include; The Singing Wire and Other Stories published in 1892. This was followed by the novels A Fool In Spots (1894); Smoking Flax (1897); As The Hart Panteth (1898); A Furnace of Earth (1900); Hearts Courageous (1902); The Castaway (1904); Tales From Dickens (1905); Satan Sanderson (1907); The Kingdom of The Slender Swords (1910); Valiants of Virginia (1912); The complete Book of Etiquette (1926); and The John Book (1947).
This collection is on consignment with LDRB.