EUNICE (MRS. HENRY WARD) BEECHER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/25/1889 - HFSID 853
EUNICE BEECHER (HENRY WARD BEECHER) In this letter handwritten and signed by the wife of the famous 19th century American preacher, Beecher writes a photographer for photos of her husband two years after his death Autograph letter signed "E.W. Beecher" in brown ink, 1 page (front and verso), 6¾x5½.
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EUNICE BEECHER (HENRY WARD BEECHER)
In this letter handwritten and signed by the wife of the famous 19th century American preacher, Beecher writes a photographer for photos of her husband two years after his death
Autograph letter signed "E.W. Beecher" in brown ink, 1 page (front and verso), 6¾x5½. Brooklyn, New York, 1889 April 25. In full: "Brooklyn, April 25th, 1889 Dear Sir: Have you a good profile Photo - of Mr Beecher? - I mean that one I like So much - and which you promised to send as soon as you could get a good one? I want it - exceedingly. I am fairly settled house-keeping - 40 Orange St. (two words illegible) Diagonally across from Mr. Halliday where I shall be glad to see you. In great haste, Yours truly, E. W. Beecher P.S. You may remember that you promised, some time since - to hunt up for me duplicate copies of all the various photos you have taken of Mr Beecher, I greatly desire to surround myself in my new home with his face in any aspect it has ever been taken in." Beecher's husband Henry had been dead for about two years after this note was written. Beecher (1812-1897) married abolitionist Pastor Henry Ward Beecher, brother of Harriet Stowe Beecher, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin. Henry Ward Beecher was a famous preacher who, in 1837, served churches in Lawrenceburg and Indianapolis Indiana, which had become a state only two decades before. His wife, though she was initially excited to move into out west, found the life of a frontier preacher's wife in Lawrenceburg's mosquito-and-malaria-infested swamps to be rougher than she thought. Two of her children were born dead there. The family moved back to Brooklyn in 1847 and, in 1859, she published her memories of the area in the semi-autobiographical From Dawn to Daylight, which painted such a negative view of Indiana that it was banned in Indianapolis. In 1870 Henry Ward Beecher, now an American religious superstar, was accused of adultery by Elizabeth Tilton, accusations that she later recanted. Eunice stayed loyal to her husband throughout the resulting scandal, which lasted a total of seven years. Lightly toned. Page has been folded in quarters and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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