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Lawyers and Poetry

Charles H. Collins

Kentucky & Ohio

photo, book promotional material
"Autograph Edition," The Peter Paul Book Co.,

Charles H. Collins, The New Year Comes, My Lady
(Buffalo: Charles Wellls Moulton, 1895)
[library of James R. Elkins]

"Charles H. Collins, commerical attorney at law, serving Hillsboro
in Highland County, Ohio"

[Source: Archivist note, for a Scrapbook of Charles H. Collins,
Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, Ohio]

"Charles H. Collins was born in Maysville, Ky., and is the son of General Richard Collins, distinguished as an able lawyer and legislator in Ohio and Kentucky. His grandfather, Rev. John Collins, was a pioneer Methodist minister, whose biography was written by Judge John McLean of the United States Supreme Court. Charles Collins is a lawyer and has enjoyed a lucrative practice from which he has acquired a comfortable competency. Mr. Collins has traveled a great deal both in Europe and America." [book promotional material, "Autograph Edition," The Peter Paul Book Co., pasted in to, The New Year Comes, My Lady (Buffalo: Charles Wellls Moulton, 1895), library of James R. Elkins][The same biographical sketch, verbatim, can be found in The Magazine of Poetry and Literary Review, vol. 7, no. 12 (1895), at p. 541 (accompanied by the same photo we present here)]

"In 1850 [Collins] moved to a farm at Horse Shoe Bend on the east fork of the Little Miami River in Clermont County [Ohio], which had been his father's home. He was admitted to the Ohio bar at Batavia in 1854. He lived in Waverly, Mos., 1858-64, but then settled in Hillsboro, where he spent the rest of his life. His play, Wibbleton to Wobbleton, was written at sea to divert passengers of a ship that broke its shaft and drifted for 21 days until repairs were made; the play was later printed for his family." [William Coyle (ed.), Ohio Authors and Their Books 126 (Cleveland: World Publishing Co., 1962)]


Charles H. Collins, Echoes from the Highland Hills (Cincinnati: P.G. Thompson, 1884) [online text]

______________, The New Year Comes, My Lady (Buffalo, New York: Charles Wellls Moulton, 1895) [online text]

______________, Here and There in Verse and Prose (Norwalk, Ohio: Laning Print. Co., 1897)


Charles H. Collins, From Highland Hills to an Emperor's Tomb: Episodical, Reflective, and Descriptive (Cincinnati: Press of Robert Clarke & Co., 1886) [online text]

______________, Past and Present (Hillsboro, Ohio: Lyle Print Co., 1899)

Research Resources

Charles H. Collins Scrapbook
Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, Ohio