Everett, Edward (ON HOLD)

1844 ALS while Minister to Great Britain to scholar-author Charles Astor Bristed, praising his essays

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(1794-1865) Unitarian clergyman, pastor of Boston’s Brattle Street Church 1814, 1st Harvard professor of Greek 1819-25, President 1846-49. Massachusetts US Rep 1825-35, Senator 1853-54, Governor 1836-40. Minister to Great Britain 1841-45, Secretary of State 1852-53 (Fillmore). 1860 Constitutional Union Party VP candidate (with Bell). Reknowned as a brilliant orator, was featured speaker at dedication of Gettysburg National Cemetery on Nov. 19, 1863, his speech overshadowed by President Lincoln’s. 7 x 4 ½ ALS while Minister to Great Britain, London, February 14 1844, 3pp on folded black-bordered mourning stationary, to C. Bristed (likely Charles Astor Bristed) apologizes for delay in acknowledging copies of his prize essays which Everett has read with “great satisfaction” and which “evince extensive reading, judgment and maturity of thought, beyond your age & academic standing”. Everett particularly praises his essay on (Oliver) Cromwell as “the most ingenious”, requests another copy to send to a friend, hopes to have the pleasure of seeing Bristed when he comes to tour. Docketed on 4th page. Charles Astor Bristed (1820-1874) American scholar and author, sometimes writing under the nom de plume Carl Benson, first American to write a full-length defense of Americanisms. Grandson of John Jacob Astor (his mother was Astor’s daughter), graduated from Yale 1839 with honors, and from Trinity College, Cambridge, England, in 1845, taking numerous prizes and being made a foundation scholar of the college, returned to the US 1847. Contributed articles, poetical translations, critical papers on the classics, and sketches of society to various journals, and in 1849 edited "Selections from Catullus," for school use. In 1850 published "Letters to the Hon. Horace Mann," being a reply to some strictures upon the characters of Girard and Astor. In 1852 a collection of his sketches on New York Society entitled "The Upper Ten Thousand," appeared in the "Fraser Magazine." At the same time he published "Four Years in an English University," in which he described the manners, customs, and mode of life little understood in this country. His wide scholarship makes his essays valuable, and marks his criticisms with the best qualities of a trained university man. He also published many clever poetical translations from the classics. In later years resided in Washington, frequent contributor to the "Galaxy," under the pen-name "Carl Benson," and published "The Interference Theory of Governments," a book denunciatory of tariff and prohibitory liquor laws, and "Pieces of a Broken-down Critic." Original trustee of the Astor Library.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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