New York: 1864.
Interesting autograph letter, signed, from William Cullen Bryant (American poet and journalist, 1794-1878) to John Plummer (British journalist and labor agitator, 1831-1914) dated January 7th, 1864. Single sheet, folded once, measuring 5 x 7.75 inches when folded. Near fine, with some faint staining (appears to be old glue residue) to the blank back page. Bryant, then Editor of the New York Evening Post, responds to a letter from Plummer, who has apparently expressed interest in becoming a foreign correspondent for the Post. Bryant responds very kindly and with admiration for Plummer's work, but says that due to the American Civil War, most of the paper's space is taken up by domestic affairs, and they already have all the foreign correspondents and correspondence they can use. In part: "I thank you for the little summary of your interesting personal history by Mr. Charles Knight [Publisher of the Penny Magazine, London] which you have sent me, and the spirited song from your volume which accompanied it. I have learned to respect you for your attention to the freedom of labor and for the good your writings must have done among the class of working men in England. In regard to the great political and social questions of the day, you could not belong to a class of nobler men.....With regard to a correspondence with the Evening Post, I am obliged to say that the arrangements of this journal with correspondents in Europe are already such that it receives from them quite as much as it can possibly find room for. The events of our war and the discussion of domestic questions...must make what we receive from abroad comparatively less interesting than formerly..."