Newport, RI: 1884. Four half-pages with mourning borders, each page filled with. Item #3599
A.L.S. from Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910), American abolitionist and social reformer whose "Battle Hymn of the Republic" continues to be sung to the present day. The present letter contains excellent content relating to the death of her brother Samuel (1814-1884), a poet, gourmet, lobbyist, and bon-vivant who is claimed to be the original model of "Uncle Sam." Howe also references to her brother's will, and her two sisters, Louisa Ward Terry and Eliza Ward Mailliard. She also mentions the kind condolence letter from Senator Bayard of Delaware (a close family friend). Another A.L.S. from Howe to "Mr. Duncan," likewise written in 1884, is at the Houghton Library (Howe-Richards Family Papers, box 4). Surely this individual was William Addison Duncan (1836-1884), U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, to whom Howe returns Bayard's condolence letter (not present here). Our letter is dated June 29; Duncan died on Nov. 14.
Unlike our letter, almost all Howe letters on the market (presently or previously) are neither interesting or significant.
Provenance: Anderson Autographs, 7/1/2002 lot 1104.