• Henry Storm Writes To Notable Ardent Federalist About Legislative Issues

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    Offering a one-page, 8 x 9 ¾, ALS by one HENRY R. STORM, Washington, Dec. 17th, 1819, to the notable JEDIDIAH MORSE, an influential New England clergyman and geographer who communicated with Thomas Jefferson soliciting his approval of a young man’s book (research included).  STORM is described as “The Fiduciary” on the verso of this letter in which he is communicating legislative information to Morse.

     

    “...Mr. Seyeant has not yet reached here nor have any of the Chiefs – though I expect them daily. We shall probably on Friday of next week adjourn now by current resolution of the two Houses until the 3d of January. Our legislature meets on the 1st Monday in January at Albany and should you be here by the 20th of January you will probably not be too late. It would be better not to part from your arrival here beyond that time...Henry R. Storm”  Storm has free franked the letter.

     

    MORSE (1761-1826) was a clergyman and geographer, born in Woodstock, CT. He graduated from Yale in 1783, held his first pastoral appointment in 1785 in nearby Norwich and returned to Yale as a tutor. He also served as minister of a Congregational church in Charlestown, MA. Morse was an ardent Federalist. He edited the Panoplist, a religious journal and was also a founder of Andover Theological Seminary in 1808, the New England Tract Society in 1814 and the American Bible Society in 1816. After leaving the pulpit he composed a study of the Indians living in western New York and the Great Lakes region for the federal government.  He is best known as the “Father of American Geography.” Although essentially a compiler of the works of others, his writers were both influential and popular. (Research included)

     

    Toning, folds. Mounting residue on left margin.

     

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