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CHARLES ANDERSON DANA - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/16/1855 - HFSID 253003

CHARLES A. DANA Charles A. Dana wrote this letter to Pliny Miles, an advocate for postal reform, on New York Tribune letterhead in 1855. In it, he discusses the publishing schedule for articles written by Pliny and sent to Dana by Tribune founder and editor Horace Greeley.

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CHARLES A. DANA Charles A. Dana wrote this letter to Pliny Miles, an advocate for postal reform, on New York Tribune letterhead in 1855. In it, he discusses the publishing schedule for articles written by Pliny and sent to Dana by Tribune founder and editor Horace Greeley. Autograph letter signed: "Charles A. Dana". 3 pages, 7¾x9¾, on New York Tribune letterhead. Jan. 16, 1855. Addressed to Mr. Pliny Miles. In part: "I have received from Mr Greeley who is absent from town, a package containing two articles & a letter from you. The first of the articles will appear I think to-morrow, and the others as rapidly as convenient, supposing that there is no delay on your part. Mr. Greeley suggests one a week, but it is impossible to publish them with any precise regularity…I should prefer not to publish them as a series, but as independent editorial articles just as we used that on the P.M.G. report…I do not know what Mr. Greeley has said to you with regard to the subsequent publication in pamphlet form but I do not think we should wish to be connected with that. We have no printing office or publishing establishment except for the paper. Usually in such cases our contract with a writer only covers the right of publication in The Tribune. Afterward the author does what he chooses with the matter." Dana is most probably referring to previous articles by Miles published in the Herald relating to the Postmaster General's report ("P.M.G. report"). In 1855, Miles had published Postal Reform, its Urgent Necessity and Practicability, most probably the articles discussed in this letter. CHARLES A. DANA (1819-1897), born Charles Anderson Dana, was the city and later managing editor of Horace Greeley's New York Tribune (1847-1862) and served as President Abraham Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of War (1863-1865). From 1868 until his death in 1897, Dana was part-owner and editor of the New York Sun. HORACE GREELEY (1811-1872) founded the New York Tribune on April 10, 1841 and edited it until his death. PLINY MILES was a frequent contributor to newspapers. He advocated postal reform, urging the reduction of postage to one cent for half-ounce letters. Folds, vertical fold touches "l" in Charles. 3-inch separation at bottom of mid-vertical fold. Lightly soiled and stained.  Light ink transference from being folded.  Overall, fine condition.

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