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HORACE GREELEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/22/1866 - HFSID 1792

HORACE GREELEY Horace Greeley wrote this letter on New York Tribune stationery in 1866 to turn down an invitation to speak at a fair. Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune. Autograph letter signed "Horace Greeley". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand.

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HORACE GREELEY
Horace Greeley wrote this letter on New York Tribune stationery in 1866 to turn down an invitation to speak at a fair. Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune.
Autograph letter signed "Horace Greeley". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 5x8¼, on New York Tribune stationery. April 22, 1866. Addressed to R. V. March, Esq., Brouden, Vermont. In full: "Dear Sir: I would like much to attend and speak at your fair; but I fear that may not be. I cannot leave this city and reach you the same day; so it will con-sume at least two days to do you're your ask; and time [illegible] very precious with me, with a desperate politi-cal struggle just opening. I would, therefore, that you must excuse for me for this year. Yours,". Greeley (1811-1872, born in Amherst, New Hampshire) founded the New York Tribune in 1841 and edited it until his death. His newspaper, competitive in price with the "penny press" but less sensational, was the first to give its writers individual by-lines and the first with a literary and book review department. The Tribune had wide readership and influence, and many of his editorial quips - like "Go West, young man" - became famous. He was steadfast in support of many causes, such as antislavery, temperance, and the rights of labor, but he could be mercurial at times. (His swift reversal of opinion on the secession of the southern states is reflected in two 1861 Tribune editorials: Go in Peace, Errant Sisters, followed shortly by On to Richmond) He served as a Whig in Congress for three months (1848-1849) to fill a vacancy and did not seek reelection. As the Democratic and Liberal Republican parties' presidential nominee in 1872, he was defeated by President Ulysses S. Grant, who was seeking reelection. On Nov. 28, 1872, just 23 days after the election, Greeley, worn out by the grueling campaign, died at the age of 61. Lightly toned, stained, soiled and creased. Neatly torn from binding at left edge. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.

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