• Abolitionist George Bungay Laments Debt, Looks Forward To Profits From "Romanism Not The Religion For America"

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    GEORGE W. BUNGAY was born July 22, 1818, in Suffolk, England. He died on July 10, 1892 in Bloomfield, NJ. He moved to America age nine. Bungay was a well-known abolitionist, poet and temperance advocate. He and his wife, Louise Whitney of New York City, had five children.

    In 1855, Bungay established a brief-lived newspaper in Ilion, NY. His reform politics were reflected in The Independent’s motto, “independent in All things, Neutral in Nothing.” After the newspaper failed financially, Bungay joined the editorial staff of Horace Greeley’s New York Tribute, the best-known and most influential newspaper in the United States. Bungay acquired a reputation as a reform writer and worked with such famed writers as George Ripley, Charles A. Dana, Fanny Fern, Bayard Taylor, Whitelaw Reid and many others.

    Bungay writes to Charles H. Morse of Cambridgeport, MA, October 7th, 1836 about his financial problems and says his book title, “Romanism not the Religion for America, The Politics of Popery Inimical to Liberty,” will provide money.

    One-page, 7 3/4 x 12 1/5, “I have been unable to attend to business for several weeks past and I find myself in a most perplexing position. My publishers on whom I depended for money to meet some payments, which are due, cannot cancel my demands until the expiration of six months from the time of the publication of the book; at which time I shall receive a handsome sum.  In order to extricate myself from my present embarrassments, I am writing a work to be entitled “Romanism not the Religion for America, The Politics of Popery inimical to Liberty. More than half the work is written and will be finished in a fortnight...I shall be able to...disencumber myself from debt. In the meantime, I have a favor to ask you. My boy ought to be at some place where he can be caring his board and clothes and where he will be under the control of some competent to take care of him. If you will provide him with a place in some good family, where he can learn a trade or act as clerk, I will pay you for your time and trouble...I have so much confidence in your judgment I would rather trust to you than myself in this matter. Besides you knew everybody in Cambridgeport vicinity.  I want to stick to this work on Popery until it is finished so that I can command needed money enough to wipe out some debt...”

    Folds, light toning. Very readable and a fine signature. Letter was apparently hand delivered. Address leaf on verso.  Light adhesive residue on one side of verso.

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