LUCIUS HARWOOD FOOTE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/12/1874 - HFSID 17910
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LUCIUS HARDWOOD FOOTE
As Adjutant General of California, the diplomat who opened Korea to US trade writes to an admirer of his poetry.
Autograph Letter signed twice: "Lucius H. Foote", 3 pages (integral leaf), 5¾x8½, with initialed postscript, "F". General Headquarters, Adjutant General's Office, Sacramento, California, 1874 January 12. On official letterhead to "Steve Massett Esq.", in full: "Your kind note rec'd. Thanks for the pleasant way you have of treating my farthings. Your reading would make a man famous if he had no genius, but I am not so hypocritical as not to feel that some of my little poems have merit, and do you know my dear Steve that I never get a letter from you but it fills me with inspiration out of which is born a new poem. It follows then that you are at least Godfather to my farthings. I sent a little thing to the Overland a few weeks since, good of its kind but since sending it I have improved it & would send the improved copy did I not fear that it was too late. The truth is that an artist never finished his work. I have learned the luxury of dwelling upon a word. As desired I send herewith the Union copy of Sutton's Farm, also a copy of Stirling the Outlaw. Mrs. Foote & myself will call upon Miss Rogers, & go to see her play, & for your sake, I will say all the good things of her possible. Ever yours sincerely [signature] P. S. Mrs. F. desires to send kind remembrances. Read Stirling with care. Lucius Harwood Foote (1826-1913)joined the gold rush from his native New York to California in 1849, but found success as a lawyer instead of a prospector. He became a municipal judge in Sacramento (1860), and was Adjutant General of California from 1872 to 1876. He was invited to join the Bohemian Club in 1873, and reportedly declined its presidency. Foote was US Consul in Valparaiso, Chile (1878), and sent to Central American on a diplomatic mission in 1882. In 1883, Foote became the first US Minister to the Kingdom of Korea, negotiating the first commercial treaty with that country. (The low volume of ensuing trade, however, led to a downgrading of his title from Minister Plenipotentiary to Minister Resident. Foote published two volumes of poetry, A Red-Letter Day (1882) and On the Heights (1897). Normal mailing folds. Lightly creased and toned. Corners lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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