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Horace Greeley

Autograph Letter Signed - 1850

Autograph Letter Signed by and in the hand of Horace Greeley, New York, NY, October 23, 1850. Embossed blue lined stationery, 8" x 10" and in excellent condition with minor fray and slight tears to top edge, and having usual mailing folds. In full:

New York, Oct. 23, 1850

Dear Sir:

My friend Col J T Von Allen, late charged to Ecuador, goes out to Europe in the next steamship. He is sound, I believe, on the great question of Protection, although perhaps not for the right reasons. He has been thrown forward in the world while young, and now goes to Europe for a year to observe, to consider and to review his impressions in the light of Europe's maturer wisdom. Should it be in your power to commend him to the acquaintance of men wiser than himself (no matter if their coats be threadbare), he will know how to thank you, and you will have added to the abbey's tins. So gratefully remembered by

Horace Greely.

Wm. Atkinson, Esq.

Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was an American editor of a leading newspaper, a founder of the Liberal Republican Party, a reformer, and a politician. His New York Tribune was America's most influential newspaper from the 1840s to the 1870s and "established Greeley's reputation as the greatest editor of his day." Greeley used it to promote the Whig and Republican parties, as well as opposition to slavery and a host of reforms, including advocacy of a national homestead act (famous for the slogan, "Go west, young man"). Crusading against the corruption of Ulysses S. Grant's Republican administration, he was the new Liberal Republican Party's candidate in the 1872 U.S. presidential election. Despite having the additional support of the Democratic Party, he lost in a landslide. He is currently the only presidential candidate who has died during the electoral process.

William Atkinson was the author of Principles of Political Economy, published by Horace Greeley (Greeley & McElrath: New York, 1843); Greeley also wrote the Introduction to the book.

Horace Greeley

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