Description: Upon hearing of his friend obtaining the editorship of the New York Times, Tilden wrote a 4-page letter to Bigelow on August 1, 1869, to say, "I am delighted to hear that your negotiation for the Times has reached a successful issue... Now, without knowing the details of your arrangement, I congratulate you that it is made. The opportunity for a sphere of activity which is already formed - which is capable of vast good to society - which gives to the individual who fills it, not merely occupation... the daily exercise of power... and which is capable of ample pecuniary rewards; it seems to me that such an opportunity should be well considered before it were allowed to pass. I hope you see your way to become a large proprietor in the concern. Even if you have to pay more than you would on a mere investment... one ought not to be deterred."
Tilden's wishes for his friend's future at the Times did not come true, as Bigelow's tenure was cut short after he was taken in by a source and as a result made an unfortunate editorial gaffe, but that did free him up to work with Tilden in the State government in later years.
Autograph letter signed written on a single sheet of folded plain white writing paper (8.25" x 10.25"), the letter covers all four pages; to avoid using a second sheet of paper, Tilden rotated page four 90 degrees and finished his thoughts before signing, "In haste truly S. J. Tilden." Item #A00875
Samuel J. Tilden (1814-1886) was a New York attorney, businessman, and politician. A reformer, he helped to bring down both the Tweed Ring at Tammany Hall and the New York Canal Ring. He was a member of the State Assembly before his election as Governor in 1874. In 1876 he won an outright majority of the popular vote for US President, but lost the Electoral College by one vote. He made a number of philanthropic donations in his will, including the funds to create the New York Public Library.
John Bigelow (1817-1911) was a newspaper man, diplomat, public servant, and author. He was Co-Owner and Co-Editor of the New York Post, American Consul in Paris, and Ambassador to France before serving briefly as Editor of the New York Times and then as New York's Secretary of State. He later used his many connections to influence the location of the Panama Canal. As Executor of Tilden’s estate, he helped to create the NYPL.
Condition: Fold lines, some very light soil; otherwise in excellent condition.