PHILLIPS BROOKS (December 13, 1835-January 23, 1893) was an American Episcopal
clergyman, author, rector of Boston’s Trinity Church and briefly Bishop of
Massachusetts, where his statue is displayed.
As an ardent abolitionist, he spoke out against slavery. He is particularly remembered as lyricist of the Christmas hymn, “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” Brooks was a partisan Republican and strong supporter of the Union and Abraham Lincoln. When the Emancipation Proclamation was announced, he was elated.
Beautiful autograph and date (May 22, 1876) on a small card. Comes with a portrait of Brooks and a print of his statue in front of Trinity Church.
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