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Horace Greeley

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Journalist, politician, editor, and founder of the New York Tribune (1811–1872). ALS signed “H. Greeley,” three pages, 7.75 x 10, February 12, 1838. Greeley writes from Albany to Oiah A. Bowe in New York City. In part: “There is a great head of political steam on at present, and Currency and Presidency, Clay and Small Bills, are the ruling topics. The two Houses are at issue on the Small Bill question; the Regency’s branch being bent on obeying its preempting orders from Washington, and passing such a Small Bill Lay and shall render it certain that no Small Bills will be issued…. You ought to have heard the smashing debate of Thursday, which I have partially sketched for the Whig. Culver, Hudson, and Derick Sibley walked into them like steamboats, and the way Willis Hull travelled over your friend Abijah was sinful. By the way, Bije is a very empty-headed demagogue, though he manages to make a great deal of noise. He is always trying to kick up a quarrel with the majority and the Speaker, and has to be ordered to behave himself quite often. The Speaker came near putting him in custody of the Sergeant-at-Arms on Monday. There are six Jackson men in the House who are each worth a dozen of him. Our paper will be out Wednesday. It is rechristened ‘The Jeffersonian’ again. It will be a beauty, I reckon. And now I think of it, I want you to go instantly to George Bruce and get the letters J F F S to make out the lead, in historic Columbian condensed…. Set an anecdote marked in the Knickerbocker, and give my correspondence with Noah Webster to Benjamin….” Greeley has also written the address panel on the reverse of the second sheet. In good condition, with intersecting folds (vertical fold to first letter of signature), light soiling, staining, and wrinkling, and seal-related tear touching a few words of text. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #334 - Ended June 18, 2008