ANDERSON, Alexander. 15416



Autograph Letter Signed, to Mrs. Cupples, about a forthcoming visit to Woodbine Cottage when “Mr Cupples and I can smoke and talk”. 1¼ pages 7 x 4½ inches, fine. University of Edinburgh, 14 June 1881. Alexander Anderson (1845 – 1909), Scottish poet. He became a surfaceman or platelayer on the Glasgow and South-western railway, and generally wrote under the name of Surfaceman. He published Two Angels (1875), Songs of the Rail (1878), and Ballads and Sonnets (1879). In the following year he was made assistant librarian in the University of Edinburgh, and after an interval as secretary to the Philosophical Institution there, he returned as Chief Librarian to the university. Thereafter he wrote little. Of a simple and gentle character, he made many friends, including the Duke of Argyll, Thomas Carlyle, and Lord Houghton.