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ALS to his friend William Digby Seymour, discussing money and politics
Autograph Letter signed: "W. H. Russell", 3 pages (integral leaf), 4½x7 folded, 8¾x7 open flat. No place, 1876 February 14. To "My dear Seymout", in full: "Can you let me pay upon the Perus - today or tomorrow? I had not the money till this moment or I should have done so before. Try & manage it for me like a good friend. That was a tolerably fair attempt on your life & features in the Quarterly, but they made you much too old. Why on earth don't you get a good 'question' to ask in the House. There are lots of them, and it's a good beginning if the subject be taken. Send me a line to the Secy. or Banker. My wife presents me with a daughter on Wednesday. By the way O'Flaherty M. P. wants to be introduced to you. Yours ever". William Howard Russell (1820-1907), an Irish reporter for the Times of London, was among the first war correspondents, although he hated that term. Russell gained fame with his coverage of the Crimean War (1854-1855), where his observations and conversations with common soldiers gave readers at home their first realistic glimpse of war's realities. (In particular, he called attention to the poor quality of medical care.) He coined the phrase "the thin red line" to describe British soldiers in combat. Russell also covered the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. He founded the Army and Navy Gazette (1882), and was knighted in 1895. The addressee was William Digby Seymour, a classmate of Russell's at Trinity College, Dublin, a lawyer, judge, politician, and author of books on commerce. 2 vertical 2 horizontal fold creases. Lightly toned creased. Mounting residue at center fold crease on verso. Otherwise fine condition.

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Born: March 28, 1820
Died: February 10, 1907

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