HORACE GREELEY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/05/1851 - HFSID 154925
HORACE GREELEY Horace Greeley wrote this letter in 1851 to ask the recipient to for $50 worth of quicksilver. Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune. Autograph letter signed "Horace Greeley". 1 page, 6½x9¼, on ruled paper. Tribune Office, New York City, Nov. 5, 1851.
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Horace Greeley wrote this letter in 1851 to ask the recipient to for $50 worth of quicksilver. Greeley was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune.
Autograph letter signed "Horace Greeley". 1 page, 6½x9¼, on ruled paper. Tribune Office, New York City, Nov. 5, 1851. Addressed to Messrs. Ollott, McKinson & Robbins. In full: "Gentlemen: If you please to let Messrs. Sawyer & Anderson have fifty dollars worth of Quicksilver, returnable within twenty days, I will be responsible to you that the same shall be returned without [illegible] or fail for at the expiration of that time. 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 and creased. Show-through from mounting residue on verso touches signature and body of letter. Mounting remnants in corners. Folded thrice vertically and four times horizontally. Otherwise in fine condition.
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