A note accompanying the Birthday Sonnets read "All written by S. R. Wiley who, himself, was between 85 and 90 years old. An old friend of Uncle Silas, to whom he also sent four birthday odes in commemoration of his own birthday anniversaries.A series of correspondence from Samuel R. Wiley, San Francisco, CA to Silas Leach, Wilkes Barre, PA. Each of the Odes and the Sonnet are penned in a lovely hand with calligraphy embellishments at the top. Some with red and black borders. Philosophical and thought provoking works by an octogenarian. A March 2, 1901 letter inquires as to Leach's receipt of the last sonnet and also discusses booming real estate market in San Francisco and the town's mourning for General Sherman. This is followed sequentially by a surprise Ode to Leach penned on his birthday April 6th. Additionally this group includes a copy of a Birthday Ode written to Rhoda Luce who turned 90 in 1899. Finally a cabinet card of Wiley dated October 1889. Moving and thought provoking.