DR. JOHN HAYNES HOLMES - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 07/27/1951 - HFSID 167752
Sale Price $198.00
JOHN HAYNES HOLMES. TLS: "John Haynes Holmes", 1p, 7¼x10¼. Kennebunk Beach, Maine, 1951 July 27. On letterhead of The Community Church of New York to Professor Edward G. Olsen, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas. In full: "Thanks for your friendly letter of the 15th. You have a good memory, and it encourages me to read your report of attending services at my church when you were a student at the Union Theological Seminary. I think it especially kind of you to make this personal report, and in response I find it pleasant indeed to act upon your request that I send you my autograph. I must apologize for the rather decrepit condition of this autograph, and beg you not to think that this means senility. As it happens, I am having a little trouble with my nervous system, which takes the form of crippling my right hand. I shall make a special effort on your part to give you the best autograph that I can achieve these days, and you will understand and forgive, won't you? I send you my warmest greetings. If you come to New York in the future, as everybody does, be so good as to look me up, for I should count it a special pleasure to meet you. Believe me, with highest regards, Very sincerely yours". Written two years after Holmes retired from active ministry. John Haynes Holmes (1879-1964) was a prominent Unitarian minister and social activist in the early 20th century. Although he withdrew from the American Unitarian Association in 1918 over the AUA's criticism of Holmes' denouncement of WWI, Holmes continued to pastor New York City's Church of the Messiah. The church changed its name to the Community Church of New York and committed to Holmes' principles, but its members insisted that the church itself remain a member of the AUA. In addition to his preaching, which drew large crowds, Holmes' church was noted for its involvement of social issues of the day, including its support of Margaret Sanger's controversial views on birth control. Holmes had been one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and he was also a founder and later the chair of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Holmes, who retired from active ministry in 1949, had also written over 100 hymns. He published his autobiography, I Speak for Myself, in 1959. Lightly creased with folds, mid-vertical fold at the "Jo" of John. Fine condition.
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