ANTHONY COMSTOCK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 17794
ANTHONY COMSTOCK He signs a very angry autograph letter denouncing the "conspiracies and frauds" of the National Liberal League. Autograph Letter signed: "Anthony Comstock", 1 page, 7½8½. No place, no date, no addressee. (The top edge is unevenly trimmed, probably to remove the addressee's name.
Sale Price $270.00
He signs a very angry autograph letter denouncing the "conspiracies and frauds" of the National Liberal League.
Autograph Letter signed: "Anthony Comstock", 1 page, 7½8½. No place, no date, no addressee. (The top edge is unevenly trimmed, probably to remove the addressee's name.) In full: "I have exposed in the fullest manner the conspiracies and frauds entered into by the repeal element of the National Liberal League to repeal the acts of Congress, and their unscrupulous and malicious publications and libels put before the public in 1897 and 1898 to effect public opinion against this Society, and particularly against myself, in two books which I have published, entitled 'Frauds Exposed' and 'Traps for the Young.' If you will take the trouble to read the accounts of the plotting and conspiracy of these men at that time, you will find that this is but a reproduction on a minor scale of the same plotting, and the same base and infamous misrepresentations by the same set of moral cancer planters". Anthony Comstock (1844-1915) headed the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice. This self-declared "weeder in God's garden," was a crusader for Victorian values. He was largely responsible for Congressional passage of what became known as the Comstock Law (1873), prohibiting mail or print transmission of anything deemed "obscene, lewd or lascivious." At the height of Comstock's considerable influence, obscene materials were defined to include birth control information, marriage manuals, and even in some cases anatomy textbooks. The US Post Office made Comstock a special agent with police powers, and he boasted of his responsibility for 4,000 arrests, 15 suicides, and the destruction of 15 tons of books. He carried on a war of words with playwright George Bernard Shaw, whom he called a "smut dealer." Top edge cut unevenly. Soiled and creased. Adhesive and paper residue (previous mounting) on verso with show-through at all corners and left margin.
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