• Horace Greeley Asks Renowned Sculptor Joel Hart for Kindness Toward Friends

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    HORACE GREELEY (February 3, 1811 – November 29, 1872) was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune. He was an unsuccessful candidate of the new Liberal Republican Party in the 1872 presidential election against incumbent President Ulysses S. grant.

     

    Greeley’s alliance with William H. Seward and Thurlow Weed led him to serve three months in the House of Representatives, where he angered many by investigating Congress in his newspaper. In 1854, he helped found and name the Republican Party.

     

    JOEL T. HART (February 10, 1810 – March 2, 1877) was a world -famous sculptor who was commissioned to make busts of such notables as Cassius Marcellus Clay, Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, John J. Crittenden and others.  He died in Florence.

     

    One-page, 5 x 8, on his Office of the Tribune stationary, New York, November 30, 1863, writing to Hart to introduce Francis Henry Upton (1814 – 1875), a prolific author on international relations and law.

     

    “Presuming you to be still in Florence [Italy], I gesture to commend to your kind attention and record, Mr. Frances H. Upton, wife and daughter who leaves soon for Europe to hasten the recovery of Mrs. U’s impaired health. They are very likely to spend some time in Florence and I am sure you will be glad to tender them the kindnesses so grateful to a stranger…Yours, Horace Greeley…”

     

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