New York: 1896. unbound. 1 page on "McKim, Meade & White" letterhead, 10.25 x 8 inches, New York City, March 9, 1896. Written to Melville E. Stone, Treasurer of the Eugene Field Monument Committee, in full: "In answer to your letter of March 26th. It will give me great pleasure to design the cover for the Monument Souvenir Edition of Eugene Field's of field flowers. Do I understand from you that the lettering of the cover will be as follows? Kindly advise me if you wish any change made." White then proceeds to draw two preliminary sketches of what he intended the binding and cover of the souvenir book edition to look like. Note: Melville E. Stone was the founder of the "Chicago Daily News" and had hired Eugene Field as a writer for that publication. Upon Field's death in 1895, Stone set forth a campaign whereby he raised thousands of dollars for the purpose of erecting an extravagant monument in his friend's memory, which was eventually be placed in the Chicago vicinity. The book "Field Flowers: Monument Edition" was released in 1896 and coincided with the inauguration of the campaign to raise funds for the eventual monument. Natural folds; staple holes near the upper left corner; several small inkblots near the date. Very good(-) condition.
American architect and partner in the firm of McKim, Meade & White, the frontrunner among Beaux-Arts firms. He designed many structures for the rich and famous as well as several New York City landmarks. White was shot to death by millionaire Harry Kendall Thaw in 1906 at the age of 52.