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EUNICE (MRS. HENRY WARD) BEECHER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/10/1896 - HFSID 40148

EUNICE BEECHER (HENRY WARD BEECHER) In this signed letter handwritten by the wife of famous preacher Henry Ward Beecher, Eunice tells an autograph hunter that she doesn't have any more signatures from her dead husband Autograph letter signed "Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher" in blue ink. 1 page, 4½x7.

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EUNICE BEECHER (HENRY WARD BEECHER)
In this signed letter handwritten by the wife of famous preacher Henry Ward Beecher, Eunice tells an autograph hunter that she doesn't have any more signatures from her dead husband
Autograph letter signed "Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher" in blue ink. 1 page, 4½x7. Oct 10th, Brooklyn, New York. Addressed to Ralph Marden, Esq. In full: "Brooklyn Oct 10th 1896 Ralph Marden Esq Dear Sir The demand for Mr Beecher's Autograph has been so great that I have not another that I could give you - or any one - without injury to a letter or Manuscript - The best I can do - is to send you a few sentences from notes, for a sermon - and even those are growing scarce - Yours respectfully Mrs. Henry Ward Beecher 40 Orange St - Brooklyn." Beecher's husband, Pastor Henry Ward Beecher, had died nine years before this letter was written, but he was such a popular preacher that people were still seeking his signature. Beecher would die about a year after this letter 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 and spotted. Page has been folded in quarters and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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