• Horace Greeley Praises Declaration of Independence Celebration, Abolition of Slavery

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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 is best remembered for his quip, “Go West, young man, and grow up with the country.” 

    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.

    Offering one of the best Greeley letters we’ve ever offered.  One-page, 5 x 8, ALS, on New York Tribune stationary, Dec. 23, 1869, to H.J. Lewis, Esquire of Hudson, Michigan.  “I rejoice that the greatest event in our country’s history…our Declaration of Independence, if not even before that, is to be fitly celebrated in your city.  I cannot be with you—I wish I could—but I can rejoice with you at the event you justly honor, and unite in your…trust that our country may never again have a Rebellion to crush, nor slavery to abolish.”  Greeley signs at the conclusion in black ink. 

    Folds with minor splits reinforced with archival tape, slight soiling.  Very nice to find letters mentioning the Declaration of Independence.

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