JULIA WARD HOWE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/20/1900 - HFSID 29721
Sale Price $595.00
JULIA WARD HOWE
She signs an autograph letter, regretting that she cannot attend a tree planting.
ALS: "Julia Ward Howe," 2 pages, 51/4x7, separate sheets. Oak Glen, South Portsmouth, R.I., 1900 October 20. To Mrs. Dyer.In full: "I am truly sorry that I did not let you hear from me 'right away,' as you requested. I get my papers dreadfully confused, and often forget to answer letters which I intend and desire to answer. It would give me much pleasure to be present at the planting of your tree, but I cannot come, as I shall be in the agony of closing this house and moving up to town just at the time you mention." Howe was 80 years old when she wrote this letter. She was active in abolitionist, peace and woman suffrage campaigns. She was a founder and first President (1868-1877, 1893-1910) of the New England Woman Suffrage Association. In 1862, she wrote a poem entitled Battle Hymn of the Republic, which was published in the "Atlantic Monthly". The poem, set to the music used for "John Brown's Body," became the semi-official song of the Union army. It is interesting that the woman who is closely associated with war was also influential in post-Civil War peace efforts, as she was the first President of the Woman's International Peace Association. Slightly shaded at folds, else fine condition.
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