For the first time in 155 years, Archival Prints of the original draft letter written on August 22, 1862 by President Abraham Lincoln to N.Y. editor, Horace Greeley.
Words from this masterpiece are etched on Lincoln Memorial walls; My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union and is not either to save or destroy slavery.
In his book, The Presidency of Abraham Lincoln, Phillip Shaw Paludan wrote;
If there is one document that is more often quoted than any other in the argument, debate, or conversation about Lincoln it is the letter that Lincoln wrote on August 22, 1862 to Horace Greeley.
THE GREELEY LETTER
On Friday August 22, 1862 President Lincoln finished his letter to NY Tribune editor, Horace Greeley. Rather than sending the letter to Greeley, Lincoln had it delivered to a rival local newspaper, National Intelligencer and asked that the letter be published the following day.
John Nicolay, Lincoln’s private secretary recalled that at the time the National Intelligencer editor, James C. Welling ‘did what few young editors would have ventured upon. He wanted to make a change to Lincoln’s text so he immediately carried the manuscript back to the President, and suggested its omission. President Lincoln good-naturedly complied.’
The next day, Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greeley appeared in the National Intelligencer and according to the Newseum; 'this 3-page letter continues to be the first and only editorial written by a sitting president.'
James C. Welling, National Intelligencer editor went on to be the 6th president of George Washington University and retained the original Greeley letter throughout his lifetime. In 1923, his family donated this historical masterpiece to the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest public art museum in the country. Where it remains, within a safe, inside a vault, out of the public eye, where it will remain in perpetuity. In the last ninety years, Lincoln’s Greeley Letter has traveled on exhibit three times, most recently to the N-Y Historical Society. On these occasions and at no time has this masterpiece been reproduced. Until now.
For the first time in 155 years, E-ArchiVes and Ms. Caroline Welling Van Deusen, great granddaughter of James Clarke Welling has launched their new collaborative initiative:
The Greeley Letter: Archival Print-portfolio of Lincoln’s Greeley Letter available for purchase August 2017 delivery to historical museums worldwide.
The Greeley Letter Archival Prints available exclusively through E-ARCHIVES.
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