PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER DOUBLE SIGNED 04/06/1887 - HFSID 5241
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RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
The former President declines to write about the deceased Henry Ward Beecher because others have done a fine job.
Autograph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes", 2p, 5¼x8½, separate sheets. Fremont, O., 1887 April 6. To 24-year-old Edward W. Bok, Brooklyn. In full: "After a proper Expression of admiration for Mr Beecher's powers as an Orator, my testimony in his behalf would mainly relate to his abounding sympathy and his informed and effective help for the under dog in the fight. My point would be, his genuine warm and unfailing devotion to the rights of man. Of this the illustrations are numerous. I would emphasize, also, the anti slavery fight he made before the war, and his splendid campaign against the predjudice English predjudice (sic) and stolidity during the war. These are, in my view, the brilliant pages in his career. Now the trouble is that what I would say has already been far better said than I could say it by many writers and shollers (sic, scholars). I therefore am decidedly averse to entering a field where my words are not in the least needed. You will please excuse me from saying more. I write in great haste." In a postscript, Hayes adds: "P.S. I cut out of a newspaper a most admirable article - a perfect statement of my notions but have mislaid it. If I find it hereafter, I will send it to you. H." EDWARD W. BOK had organized the Bok Syndicate in 1886 to handle the publication of Henry Ward Beecher's sermons. Bok was later Editor-in-Chief of "The Ladies' Home Journal" (1889-1919) and was awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for The Americanization of Edward Bok. HENRY WARD BEECHER was Pastor of Brooklyn's Plymouth Congregational Church from 1847 until his death on March 8, 1887, a month before Hayes wrote this letter. He was a powerful and convincing speaker against slavery and for woman suffrage. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. Lightly creased. Top edge of second page lightly shaded. Overall, fine condition.
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