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SEWARD, William Henry (1801-1872) was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as Governor of New York and United States Senator. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a dominant figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was praised for his work on behalf of the Union as Secretary of State during the American Civil War. Autograph Letter Signed “William H. Seward” 1pp. octavo, October 12, 1860, adddresed to Theodore Tilton, and reads in part: “...I have this day given to our excellent friend Mr. Bowen in detail conclusive reasons why I am not at liberty at this moment to comply with your kind and flattering request...” Fine condition. Theodore Tilton (1835-1907) was “young, handsome, religious, intense,” wrote historian William Harlan Hale.1 The talented Tilton edited a New York daily, called The Independent,dedicated to emancipation. Andrew A. Freeman wrote in Mr. Lincoln Goes to New York that Mr. Lincoln met the Independent‘s owner and publisher, Henry Bowen, when he came to New York to deliver his address at Cooper Union in February 1860. “While Mrs. Lincoln was the subscriber, her husband was the reader. Beecher was a regular contributor, as was his sister, Harrier Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin….Nathaniel Hawthorne and many other notable Americans contributed to the paper. Its editorial policy was one of strong opposition to slavery which it thought best represented by Seward, not Lincoln.
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Willilam Henry Seward Autograph Letter Signed a Month Before the 1860 Election

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Minimum Bid: $100.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $220.50
Estimate: $200 - $300
Auction closed on Thursday, June 21, 2018.
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