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JULIA WARD HOWE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/06/1898 - HFSID 28248

Howe handwrote, signed and dated this 1¢ postcard in Boston to author Harriet A. Townsend in 1898. In it, she accepts an offer to lecture and "promise myself much pleasure in seeing you and the other friends once more."

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JULIA WARD HOWE
Howe handwrote, signed and dated this 1¢ postcard in Boston to author Harriet A. Townsend in 1898. In it, she accepts an offer to lecture and "promise myself much pleasure in seeing you and the other friends once more."
Autograph letter signed "Julia W. Howe." 1 page, 5½x3¼ postcard. Boston, Massachusetts, Dec. 6, 1898. Addressed on verso to Mrs. Harriet A. Townsend, Buffalo, New York in unknown hand. 1¢ Jefferson postcard postmarked Boston, Massachusetts, Dec. 5, 1898 and Buffalo, New York, Dec. 6, 1898. Autograph message in full: "Dear friend, I send you a hurried line to say that I will lecture at Talmyra if you can so arrange it. I am glad that you have made it pos-sible for me to come to Buffalo, & pro-mise myself much pleasure in seeing you and the other friends once more. Cordially yours,". TOWNSEND first met HOWE in the early 1880s when the ninth Congress of the Association for the Advancement of Women was held in her hometown, and the two remained friends. Townsend included Howe in her 1916 book Reminisces of Famous Women, which included recollections of such luminaries of the suffrage movement as Susan B. Anthony and Francis E. Willard. HOWE (1819-1910, born in New York City), a social reformer and poet, is best known for writing the poem The Battle Hymn of the Republic, which she was inspired to write after visiting army camps in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. Howe's poem, first published in the February 1862 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, was later set to music to the tune of the popular antislavery song John Brown's Body and became the unofficial song of the Union Army. Howe later turned her fervor against slavery into a crusade for women's rights. She was a co-founder (1868) and first President of the New England Woman's Suffrage Association, co-led (with Lucy Stone) the American Woman Suffrage Association (1869) and founded the Women's International Peace Association (1871). In 1870, Howe assisted Stone and her husband, Henry Blackwell, to establish the Woman's Journal, and served as an editor and writer for the publication for 20 years. Howe, who also wrote poems for other women's journals and founded the Boston Authors Club, was the first woman elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters (1908). Lightly toned, stained and creased. Postmark touches address; show-through touches handwriting but not signature. Rounded and worn corners. Otherwise in fine condition.

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