HENRY M. STANLEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 217969
HENRY M. STANLEY The Wales native who explored central Africa signed this handwritten letter regarding a blurb in the Observer Autograph Letter signed: "Henry M. Stanley". One page. 4½x7. London. July 9, 1892.
Sale Price $1,020.00
HENRY M. STANLEY The Wales native who explored central Africa signed this handwritten letter regarding a blurb in the Observer Autograph Letter signed: "Henry M. Stanley". One page. 4½x7. London. July 9, 1892. On personal letterhead "To the Editor of the 'Observer'". In Full: "I shall feel greatly obliged if you would so far favour me as to insert the accompanying few lines [not present] in the 'Observer' tomorrow. Yours faithfully." Unevenly toned around outside edges from prior mounting. Mounting adhesive and paper remnants on verso show through faintly at corners. Otherwise, fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned photo of Stanley (b/w, 4x5¼) affixed to 5½x7½ cardstock. Photo chipped at left of upper margin. Otherwise, fine condition. Mounting soiled with adhesive and paper remnants. Sir Henry M. Stanley (1841-1904, born as John Rowlands) was 17 when he came to the United States in 1858 and was adopted by a New Orleans merchant named Henry M. Stanley, who gave him his own name. In 1865, the 24-year-old Stanley became a newspaper correspondent and traveled to Asia Minor, Ethiopia, Crete, and Spain. James Gordon Bennett, publisher of the "New York Herald", commissioned him to lead an expedition into central Africa to find missionary David Livingstone. In November 1871, Stanley "found" him, greeting him with the famous remark: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" From 1874 on, Stanley led various exploring expeditions into Africa. He discovered Lake Edward, circumnavigated Lake Victoria, traced the southern sources of the Nile River, surveyed Lake Tanganyika, and opened up the Congo region. The Congo Free State was formed in 1885. The Congo city of Stanleyville, now Kisangani, was named in his honor. Becoming a repatriated British citizen, he served in Parliament from 1895-1900. Two items.
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