[Abolitionist, Suffrage] HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (June 14, 1811 – July 1, 1896) was an author and a powerful abolitionist, becoming best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852), which depicts the harsh conditions experienced by enslaved African Americans. The book reached an audience of millions as a novel and play and became influential in the United States and Great Britain, energizing anti-slavery forces in the American North, while provoking widespread anger in the South. In all, Stowe wrote 30 books and was influential for her writings and her public stances on social issues. Stowe met Abraham Lincoln at the White House and he greeted her by saying, “So you are the little woman who wrote the book that started the great war.”
One-page, 4 x 5 ¾, ALS, Oct. 12, 1869, on her personal stationary with the pressed “S” at the top. “Dear Sir, Your letter not being rightly directed wandered some time before it found me. I think favorably of your proposal. I would like to have you send me two or three numbers so that I can see the general tone of the articles. I would like to know the price you would prefer for twelve numbers of the length you mentioned. Very Truly Yours, H.B. Stow”
Beautifully matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Stowe by A.H. Ritchie. Frame size is 13 ½ x 14 ¾.
ALEXANDER HAY RITCHIE (1822-1895) was an American engraver and painter. Born in Scotland, he came to the United States in 1841 and a few years later established a workshop in New York City. His engravings, mezzotints and etchings were chiefly of historical or allegorical subjects. Washington and His Generals, after his own painting, is representative of his work.
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