Description: Scottish journalist and poet Charles MacKay (1814-1889) penned and signed this chatty letter while he was the editor of the Illustrated London News. MacKay writes to James McClellan thanking him for the verses which are “good in their way – but not exactly suited for the Illustrated London News.”
Before working for the Illustrated London News, MacKay contributed to the Liège publications, the Courrier Belge and The Telegraph, and later the London newspapers The Sun, and the Morning Chronicle, as well as the Scottish paper, the Glasgow Argus. MacKay was also a correspondent for The Times during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds.
Written on four pages of a sheet of paper folded to: 7” x 4 ½”. Item #A01000.
Condition: Fold lines, evidence of previous mounting along the left margin, a couple of small stains, otherwise in good condition.