Preface: The Networks of Nineteenth-Century Letter Writing, Elizabeth Hewitt; Introduction: Epistolary Studies and Nineteenth-Century American Letters and Letter-Writing, Celeste-Marie Bernier, Judie Newman, and Matthew Pethers; Part I: Material, Social, and Institutional Contexts: 1. From Mind to Hand: Paper, Pens, and the Materiality of Letter Writing, Graham Thompson; 2. The Business of Letter Writing, Michael Zakim; 3. Name and Address: Letters and Mass Mailing in Nineteenth Century America, David Henkin; 4. Paper Evidence: Handwriting, Print, Letters, and the Law, Christopher A. Hunter; 5. Nineteenth-Century American Science and the Decline of Letters, Robin Vandome; 6. The Means and the End: Letters and the Work of History, Alea Henle; 7. Letters, Telegrams, News, Richard R. John; 8. Dead Letters and the Secret Life of the State in Nineteenth Century America, Matthew Pethers; 9. The Spider and the Dumpling: Threatening Letters in Nineteenth Century America, Leon Jackson; Part II: Travel, Migration, and Dislocation; 10. Longing in Long-Distance Letters: The Nineteenth Century and Now, William Merrill Decker; 11. Working Away, Writing Home, David M. Stewart; 12. Letters from America: Themes and Methods in the Study of Irish Emigrant Correspondence, Emma Moreton; 13. The Usual Problems: Sickness, Distance, and the Failure to Acculturate in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Emigrant Letters, Janet Floyd; 14. Indigenous Epistolarity in the Nineteenth Century, Phillip H. Round; 15. Duelling Epistles: Enslaved Letter Writers and the Discourse of (Dis)Honour, Ben Schiller; 16. Home and Belonging in the Letters of Sarah Hicks Williams, Rebecca J. Fraser; 17. 'An oblique place': Letters in the Civil War, Rebecca Weir; 18. Social Action in Cross-Regional Letter Writing: Ednah Cheney's Correspondence with Postbellum Teachers in the U.S. South, Sarah R. Robbins; Part III: Politics, Reform, and Intellectual Life; 19. Founding Friendship: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and the American Experiment in Republican Government, 1812-1826, Peter S. Onuf; 20. Corresponding Natures: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Letters, David Greenham; 21. 'This Epistolary Medium': Friendship and Civil Society in Margaret Fuller's Private Letters, Magdalena Nerio; 22. 'Will you live?': Thoreau's Philosophical Letters, Michael Jonik; 23. 'Frederick Douglass, the freeman' and 'Frederick Bailey, the slave': Private versus Public Acts and Arts of Letter Writing in Frederick Douglass' Pre-Civil War Correspondence, Celeste-Marie Bernier; 24. Old Master Letters and Letters from the Old World: Julia Griffiths and the Uses of Correspondence in Frederick Douglass' Newspapers, Sarah Meer; 25. Letters from 'Linda Brent': Harriet Jacobs and the Work of Emancipation, Fionnghuala Sweeney; 26. Abraham Lincoln: The Man Through his Letters, Robert Bray; 27. Between Science and Aesthetics: The Letters of William James, Martin Halliwell; 28. 'My Dear Dr.': American Women and Nineteenth-Century Scientific Correspondence, Tina Gianquitto; 29. 'A Chain of Correspondence': Social Activism and Civic Values in the Letters of Lydia Sigourney, Elizabeth A. Petrino; 30. A Fighting Platform: Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Epistles, Judith A. Allen; 'The Stamp of Truth': Historiographical Dissent and Its Limits in the Letters of Jared Sparks, Eileen Ka-May Cheng; 32. Defences and Masks and Poses in Henry Adams' Letters, John C. Orr; Part IV: Literary Culture; 33. The Letters of Charles Brockden Brown: Epistolary Performance and New Paths for Scholarship, Philip Barnard; 34. Publishing and Public Affairs in the Correspondence of James Fenimore Cooper, Lance Schachterle; 35. The Transatlantic Village: The Rise and Fall of the Epistolary Friendship of Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Mary Russell Mitford, Melissa J. Homestead; 36. The Literary Professional and the Country Gentleman: The Letters of Edgar Allan Poe and Philip Pendleton Cooke, Kevin J. Hayes; 37. Melville's Flummery, Wyn Kelley; 38. The Epistolary Romance and Rivalry of Sophia and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Patricia Dunlavy Valenti; 39. Co-Responding with Walt Whitman, Ed Folsom; 40. 'Rare sparkles of light': Intimacy and Distance in Emily Dickinson's Letters to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Linda Freedman; 41. 'Soul Friends': Harriet Beecher Stowe and Lady Byron in Correspondence, Beth L. Lueck; 42. Louisa May Alcott's Family Postbox, Judie Newman; 43. Profanities, Indecencies, and Theologies: Mark Twain's Letters to Joseph Twichell, William Dean Howells and Henry Rogers, Peter Messent; 44. Charles W. Chesnutt's Letters: 'the Vaguely Defined Line Where Races Meet', Maria Orban; 45. Sarah Orne Jewett's Foreign Correspondence, Mark Storey; 46. Too Intimate to Publish, Too Rare to Suppress: Henry James in His Letters, Michael Anesko; 47. 'Ill Correspondent': Stephen Crane's Trouble with Letters, John Fagg; Notes on Contributors.