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THEODORE TILTON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 300084

He requests editorial mention of an enclosure. Autograph Letter signed: "Theo. Tilton", 1 page, 5x8. No place, no date. Ink stamps of Charles R. Skinner in top and bottom margins. In full: "I would be grateful for an editorial mention of the enclosed. [Item not included.…"

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THEODORE TILTON
He requests editorial mention of an enclosure.
Autograph Letter signed: "Theo. Tilton", 1 page, 5x8. No place, no date. Ink stamps of Charles R. Skinner in top and bottom margins. In full: "I would be grateful for an editorial mention of the enclosed. [Item not included.] Respectfully". Theodore Tilton (1835-1907) was a poet of note, best remembered for the often quoted "Even This Shall Pass Away." An abolitionist and advocate of women's rights, he was editor (1860-1871) of the journal Independent, which was closely associated with Henry Ward Beecher, the nationally famous Congregational Minister and brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1872 Victoria Woodhull, a prominent voice for women's suffrage who ran for President that same year (although she could not legally vote), accused Beecher of having an affair with Tilton's wife Elizabeth. Both Beecher and Theodore Tilton at first denied the claim, but later Elizabeth confessed to her husband, and he sued Beecher for "alienation of affection." Beecher's Plymouth Church in Brooklyn exonerated Beecher in two inquiries, and a civil trial ended in a hung jury. The US government arrested and jailed Woodhull two days before the presidential election, claiming that her newsletter accusing Beecher of the affair was pornography sent through the mail. Woodhull's charges against Beecher were said by some to be retaliation for his criticism of her views on women's rights in marriage, which he claimed amounted to "free love." The Beecher/Tilton scandal achieved such prominence in the national press that by some accounts it eclipsed in volume the coverage of President Johnson's impeachment trial. Beecher survived the scandal and the 1875 trial, although with his prestige much diminished. Woodhull and her husband were bankrupted by it; Theodore Tilton chose to live the rest of his life abroad. Charles R. Skinner (1844-1925) a prominent New York legislator and US Representative, was editor of the Watertown Daily Republican from 1870 to 1874. There are many issues which Tilton may have wished to call to an editor's attention, not the least of which was the Beecher scandal. Normal mailing folds. ¼-inch tear at top right corner. Otherwise, fine condition.

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