JAMES RYDER RANDALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/24/1887 - HFSID 177259
JAMES RYDER RANDALL Randall handwrote, signed and dated this letter as editor of The Anniston Hot Blast in 1887. He wrote it to S. O. Granger, Esq. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, regarding a book. Autograph letter signed "James R Randall". With black ink notations and pencil marks near bottom edge in unknown hand.
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JAMES RYDER RANDALL
Randall handwrote, signed and dated this letter as editor of The Anniston Hot Blast in 1887. He wrote it to S. O. Granger, Esq. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, regarding a book.
Autograph letter signed "James R Randall". With black ink notations and pencil marks near bottom edge in unknown hand. 1 page, 8x10 ¼, on Randall's ruled letterhead as editor of the Anniston Hot Blast. Anniston, Alabama, Nov. 24, 1887. Addressed to S. O. Granger, Esq., Philaelphia, Pennsyvania. In full: "Dear Sir: I think the single volume, which I presume is a digest or compendium, will answer every purpose. It was a single volume I referred to. Indeed, I did not know of any other series. Vy. Sincerely Yrs.". Randall (1839-1908, born in Baltimore, Maryland) is a poet and journalist best known for writing the poem Maryland, My Maryland. Randall wrote it on April 21, 1861, after hearing that one of his friends had been killed in Maryland in the opening weeks of the American Civil War. He was chair of the English department at Poydras College in Pointe-Coupée, Louisiana, so the poem was first published in New Orleans five days after Randall wrote it. It made its way back to Maryland and eventually became the state song of Maryland. Randall joined the editorial staffs of several newspapers after the Civil War, with his final job as an editor and correspondent with the Augusta Chronicle. The Anniston Hot Blast was first published in Anniston, Alabama by in Aug. 18, 1883 as a four-page weekly newspaper, with an annual subscription going for $2. According to GetCalhoun.com, the Web site of Calhoun County, Alabama, "Hot Blast" possibly refers to Anniston's chief industry at the time - the manufacture of iron and steel - and made it stand out from the more than 30 local newspapers in the Anniston area with more staid names like The Evening Star, The Republic Weekly and The Labor Review Weekly. It became a weekly in 1887. The Hot Blast's first editor was Dr. Thomas W. Ayers; we're unsure when Randall became editor, although the date of this letter does coincide with the paper's transformation from a weekly to a daily paper. The paper merged with The Evening Star in 1912 and continues to this day as The Anniston Star. Lightly toned, soiled and creased. Staple holes near top left corner. Light dent on left edge. Light tears on right edge. Two pinholes near bottom edge. Folded twice vertically and four times horizontally. Light tears along folds on right edge. Otherwise in fine condition.
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