JAMES PARTON - CHECK ENDORSED 09/17/1868 - HFSID 89928
JAMES PARTON After publishing a book on the perils of smoking in 1868(!), he receives a check from the publisher. Check endorsed: "James Parton", 6¾x2¾. Boston, Massachusetts, 1868 September 17. Check no.
Sale Price $198.00
After publishing a book on the perils of smoking in 1868(!), he receives a check from the publisher.
Check endorsed: "James Parton", 6¾x2¾. Boston, Massachusetts, 1868 September 17. Check no. 1556, drawn on the account of Ticknor & Fields - Publishers of the Atlantic Monthly, at the National Bank of Boston, payable to James Parton for $300.00. Two-cent revenue stamp at right edge. Check is affixed, front first, to an 8½x11 album leaf, to which an engraving of Parton with facsimile signature is also affixed. Check is attached with mounting adhesive at its right edge only, permitting the viewer to lift up the check and see Parton's endorsement on verso. English-born James Parton (1822-1891) moved to the US at age 5. A prolific writer, he penned biographies of many prominent Americans, including (between 1855 and 1874) Horace Greeley, Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, John Jacob Astor, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. He wrote many other books and articles on political and economic themes. Parton's wife, Sara Payson Willis (1811-1872) was also a popular writer for the New York Ledger, using the pen name Fanny Fern. When she died, Parton wrote her memoir too. Ticknor & Fields was a prominent Boston publisher of the Atlantic Monthly and other periodicals. Many prominent 19th century authors, including Parton were published by Ticknor & Fields, the ancestor firm of what is today Houghton Mifflin. In 1868, Ticknor & Fields published Parton's book Smoking and Drinking, an essay on the evils of these practices. He was warning of the health risks of tobacco 96 years before the US Surgeon General's famous report! It's not certain that this check was in payment for this particular essay. Parton wrote other books and articles for Ticknor & Fields and their principal journal, The Atlantic, but the date suggests a connection. Check lightly soiled. Cancellation holes and pencil notations on check. Light show through of additional endorsements on verso. Mounting adhesive shows through lightly at right edge. Album leaf has binder holes and pencil notations (unknown hand) at left edge and ink caption at top. Otherwise, fine condition.
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