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GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS - THIRD PERSON AUTOGRAPH LETTER 01/01/1884 - HFSID 297063

GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS Signing in the third person on New Year's Day, he declines an invitation. Third Person Autograph Letter: Staten Island, New York, 1884 January 1. On personal letterhead, in full: "Mr.

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GEORGE WILLIAM CURTIS
Signing in the third person on New Year's Day, he declines an invitation.
Third Person Autograph Letter: Staten Island, New York, 1884 January 1. On personal letterhead, in full: "Mr. George William Curtis regrets sincerely that a previous engagement for Thursday evening compels him to decline Mr. Smith's kind invitation." George William Curtis (1824-1892) spent a year in the Utopian community of Brook Farm (1842-1843), where he met many leaders of the Transcendental Movement. He married Anna Shaw, sister of Civil War hero Robert Gould Shaw. Moving to New York after travels in Europe, he became a prominent essayist and lecturer, writing a monthly column, "The Easy Chair," in Harper's and contributing to other journals. He was active in formation of the Republican Party, serving on President Grant's commission on civil service reform but declining invitations to seek public office. In the year of this letter, however, he refused to support Republican Presidential candidate James Blaine, and was an independent thereafter. Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased. Pencil note (unknown hand) at top right. Otherwise, fine condition.

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