1868 Horace Greeley Writes about Suicide and Western Expansion

1868 Horace Greeley Writes about Suicide and Western Expansion
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Description: Greeley begins this letter in a manner that suggests it is a reply to his correspondent, DS Hasbrouck, and continues a 'conversation' they had been having regarding suicide. Greeley relates that "Dr. Robison objected to suicide that a man in trouble should go to some place where is unknown - not to the devil by whom he is probably well known."

Greeley then switches topics abruptly, to a common theme for him - western migration from the cities of the eastern US: "This country is suffering under a partial paralysis caused by a rush of people to the cities and villages. All these are now full - this city enormously so. Hence it seems to me that the only remedy is a very general migration... On the soil of our new states and territories, no one asks for work; he takes it." He signs clearly "Yours, Horace Greeley"

Horace Greeley (1811-1872) was the founder and editor of the New York Tribune, a hugely influential newspaper at the time. Interested and active in politics for most of his life, he served briefly as an interim US Representative and helped found the Republican party in 1854. He ran unsuccessfully for the presidency in 1872, just weeks before he passed away.

Hon. Gilbert DS Hasbrouck was an attorney with the New York Attorney General's office before serving as a Supreme Court Justice in the State's 3rd Judicial District. He was also a Trustee of the New York State Historical Association.

Written in Greeley's distinctive penmanship on the first page of a sheet of New-York Tribune stationery, showing the paper's logo at the top. The paper is lightly lined, and measures approximately 8.25" x 10.38" when unfolded. Included here is the original transmittal envelope, which measures approximately 3.13" x 5.38". The cover has a 3-cent Washington rose stamp on it and a black-ink cancellation, though the postmark is so faint as to be illegible. Item #A00857.

Condition: The letter has a few small stains, fold lines, and a pencil notation on the otherwise blank last page. Generally in good condition and would be easy to display since it is entirely written and signed on the first page..