STOWE (HARRIET BEECHER) Three autograph letters signed, 1863-1873
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STOWE (HARRIET BEECHER) Three autograph letters signed, 1863-1873
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Three autograph letters signed ("HB Stowe"), the first to Thomas C. Ryley, in England, thanking him for gift of $2.10 "for the emancipated slaves" which she has passed on to the Boston Committee "assiduously laboring for the mental & physical well being of the emancipated slaves" ("...Such a substantial token of sympathy from your side o the water outweighs a million of unworthy sayings & doings & makes us proud to remember that we are of British origin..."); the remaining two to her "young friend" Constance, enclosing her photograph as requested ("...I think I recognise in you a former correspondent during the time of our late war & your father was one of the few who at that crisis under stood & felt for us in what we were doing..."), in the second thanking her for her exquisite gift ("...I hope our respective countries are not going to 'fall out & chide & fight'..."), 6 pages, laid onto album leaves, 8vo, Andover, Cambridge and Florida, 1863-1873


  • SUPPORT FOR THE FIGHT AGANIST SLAVERY FROM ENGLAND: the recipient of the first letter, Thomas C. Ryley of Wigan, is listed among contributors to the William Lloyd Garrison testimonial. Constance, recipient of the other two letters, was presumably his daughter. The original signed photograph (inscribed "Very truly Yours/ H.B. Stowe"), sent with the second of these letters, is pasted onto one of the album leaves, with the signature present but detached.
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