JAMES MONTGOMERY - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/28/1836 - HFSID 73540
Sale Price $324.00
The nineteenth-century social commentator writes hasty letter to a friend about a rough draft, signs name in black ink
Autograph letter signed: "Your friend,/J. Montgomery", 1p, 8x10. Sheffield, 1836 May 28.Begins: "Dear friend". In full: "As soon as I opened your packet I began to read, and made memoranda as I went along. I have sent both in their rough state having no further leisure unless I keep them longer than would be convenient to you, having my hands full of temporary pressing business, which occupies all the thoughts I have to spare from home troubles. Forgive the flippancy of many of my notes. If you were not more to me than a mere friend by courtesy, I would not have ventured to hazard my credit or your esteem thus; accept my rudeness as a token of [illegible] confidence, and believe me, very truly." Post script: "P.S. If I miss this hour, I must detain the journal two days more at least as I live out of town. That must be my spark for this [illegible] in haste." James Montgomery (1771-1854)was a British editor, hymn writer and poet, also known for his social reforms and campaigns to abolish slavery and to end the exploitation of child chimney sweeps. His career breakthrough came while hired as an assistant to Joseph Gales, best known as the printer of the Sheffield Register, eventually taking over the publication when Gales left England to avoid political prosecution. Montgomery changed the paper's name to the Sheffield Iris and would become infamous for his imprisonment on sedition charges after printing a 1795 poem celebrating the fall of the Bastille, and for criticizing a magistrate for forcibly dispersing a political protest in Sheffield in 1796. He furthermore wrote two very long heroic poems, The World before the Flood (1812) and The Pelican Island (1828). After retiring from newspaper editorship, Montgomery lived at The Mount in Sheffield from 1835 until his death, becoming a very well-regarded philanthropic and religious citizen, believing he would be best remembered for his hymns, of which he wrote over 400, about 100 which are still used today. Lightly creased. Torn at upper blank edge, with irregular paper loss across blank upper margin. Chipped at blank left edge and lower blank margin. Stained at upper right edge, nailhead-size stain between 2 lines of writing. Browned at right margin and at mid-horizontal fold. Overall, fine condition.
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