Description: This letter from John C. Fremont to an old and respected friend of his is from early in 1887, a year in which Fremont and his wife, Jessie Benton Fremont, would both publish retrospective works. Fremont begins by thanking his unknown correspondent for writing, and says he is "satisfied that you approve the re publication of my journals, and that you think they will be of value to the young people who are growing up to take our places." This is, no doubt, in reference to Fremont's 1887 Memoirs of My Life, and he goes on to explain that in the work he has connected the journals "by the reasons which led to the various expeditions and made their motive and object."
Fremont, who was the Republican candidate for President in 1856 and was staunchly anti-slavery, carries on to say "I am glad we acted together in the political movement of '56, which brought about the new South, and made our Union what it was intended to be, throughout." and replies to his friend's comments regarding naturalist and geographer Alexander Humboldt, saying "it was quite in his line to think that exploring a country and becoming acquainted with it would be of material aid in taking care of it."
Fremont then thanks his correspondent on behalf of his wife, Jessie, and mentions that "the Lothrops, Boston, have just published in book form some such souvenirs, written by her for young people in their magazine the Wide-Awake." -- Jessie's 1887 Souvenirs of My Time.
Fremont closes by complimenting his friend's "clear, firm handwriting, which indicates the sound health that I am glad to think you have." and signs "Yours truly J.C. Fremont"
Written on a single page of plain white writing paper, measuring 10.5" x 8". Item #A00695
Condition: Four pinholes at intersection of folds and one very small hole at the blank upper edge. Generally in very good condition.