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ALS warning a friend that he is about to be "exposed to a fierce unscrupulous and personal opposition".
Autograph Letter signed: "W. H. Russell", 3 pages (integral leaf), 4½x7¼ folded, 8¾x7¼ open flat. North Bedford, 1852 March 27. Docketed. To "My Dear Seymour", marked "Private". In full: "I write a few lines to inform you that certain inquiries have been made of me which satisfy my mind you will be exposed to a fierce unscrupulous & personal opposition. I wish to put you on your guard of this for old lang syne & because I heartily & sincerely wish you success. Don't go too far in the reform path - at least I think a moderate advance is safest just now in your position. The gentleman who called on me respecting you, having written me a note to which I gave a very measured and reserved reply is a member of the council of a certain political club which is prepared to support your opponent for Sunderland but tho' he is a close friend of mine I stood for your interests merely remarking to questions of his that I knew nothing of your political opinions except that like many others you had become a little more liberal as you grew older. Keep this close - I may be able to find out more for you. Every yours faithfully & sincerely". 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. Seymour won a seat in Parliament in 1852, but lost it 2 years later, hence the content of the letter. 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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