Brooklyn: 1893. Single page. Some tears at creases, else about fine, very good overall. Very Good. Item #List2211
A letter written by Thaddeus Hyatt to the editor of the New York Tribune, in response to a letter written by Eli Thayer on William Lloyd Garrison entitled “Garrison and his Creed.” Hyatt takes issue with Thayer’s portrayal of Garrison. He writes:
“I think it is a great pity that so practical a man in Eli thayer, and who confessedly did a great work for Kansas (for which I have alwqays honored him) - should end his days as a Don Quixote, for he might just as well hope to bring down Gibraltar with a pop-gun as to think that he can change the verdict which coming generations will surely take upon the men he so grossly misrepresents and defames…. I am not a non-resistant; but my heart was with Mr. Garrison always in all his burning utterances against Slavery. Garrison, Phillips and John Brown need no defenders. Mr Thayer only hurts himself, and I respect to add that the Tribune (in my judgment) ;;is hurt also by publishing a letter so vindictive, unfair, unjust and untrue. Certainly, were Horace Greeley living, and were to to admit such a composition into the Tribune, it would not be with the introduction which heralds it now.”
A rare letter from Hyatt showing his commitment to the abolitionist cause following emancipation. We find no other records of correspondence by Hyatt in auction records.