This collection consists of five items: an original copyright document for Chester’s book “Greenwood Cemetery and Other Poems”, a handwritten poem entitled “To Georgie”, an undated leaflet of several printed poems, and two letters of a personal nature from correspondents in Blackheath, South Carolina.
Permission to publish material from the Joseph Lemuel Chester Papers, 1843-1880 must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.
Joseph L. Chester was born in Norwich, Connecticut in 1821. After a brief school-teaching experience in Ballston, New York, he removed to New York City where he became interested in politics and then journalism. In 1845 he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he spent the rest of his life. He was a poet, writer, City Council member, anti-slavery spokesman and an avid genealogist. He died in 1882.