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Civil War General George B Mcclellan Autograph Henry Ward Beecher Tribute 1882 For Sale
George Brinton MCCLELLAN (1826-1885) Union major general and general-in-chief of the army during the Civil War whose hesitation in attacking Confederate forces caused him to be sacked by Lincoln.His signature "very truly yours Geo B. McClellan N.Y. Feby 9 / 82" on a 58 x 98 mm. (2 1/4 x 3 7/8) card affixed to a 210 x 152 mm. (8 1/2 x 6 in) printed sheet being a printed notice of a "PROPOSED TESTIMONIAL TO REV. HENRY WARD BEECHER, In honor of his approaching Golden Marriage Anniversary, the 50th year of his Ordination as a Minister, and his 40 Years' Pastorate in the City of Brooklyn, which three events will be herein combined. The testimonial is restricted to the letters and literary contributions of only a limited number of the most distinguished men and women of America and Europe, and will be published in noteworthy form for presentation to Mr. Beecher. EDWARD W. BOK, Editor, 320 State Street, Brooklyn, N.Y., U.S.A."Edward Bok, in his Pulitzer-Prize winning autobiography, The Americanization of Edward Bok (1921), recounts his efforts to commemorate, "a notable anniversary celebration in honor of Henry Ward Beecher, in which the entire city of Brooklyn was to participate." Bok recounted the affair in some detail which is better quoted in full:It was to mark a mile-stone in Mr. Beecher’s ministry and in his pastorate of Plymouth Church. Bok planned a worldwide tribute to the famed clergyman: he would get the most distinguished men and women of this and other countries to express their esteem for the Plymouth pastor in written congratulations, and he would bind these into a volume for presentation to Mr. Beecher on the occasion. He consulted members of the Beecher family, and, with their acquiescence, began to assemble the material. He was in the midst of the work when Henry Ward Beecher passed away. Bok felt that the tributes already received were too wonderful to be lost to the world, and, after again consulting Mrs. Beecher and her children, he determined to finish the collection and publish it as a memorial for private distribution. After a prodigious correspondence, the work was at last completed; and in June, 1887, the volume was published, in a limited edition of five hundred copies. Bok distributed copies of the volume to the members of Mr. Beecher’s family, he had orders from Mr. Beecher’s friends, one hundred copies were offered to the American public and one hundred copies were issued in an English edition. With such a figure to whom to do honor, the contributors, of course, included the foremost men and women of the time. Grover Cleveland was then President of the United States, and his tribute was a notable one. Mr. Gladstone, the Duke of Argyll, Pasteur, Canon Farrar, Bartholdi, Salvini, and a score of others represented English and European opinion. Oliver Wendell Holmes, John Greenleaf Whittier, T. De Witt Talmage, Robert G. Ingersoll, Charles Dudley Warner, General Sherman, Julia Ward Howe, Andrew Carnegie, Edwin Booth, Rutherford B. Hayes—there was scarcely a leader of thought and of action of that day unrepresented. The edition was, of course, quickly exhausted; and when to-day a copy occasionally appears at an sale sale, it is sold at a high price. The newspapers gave very large space to the distinguished memorial, and this fact angered a journalist, Joseph Howard, Junior, a man at one time close to Mr. Beecher, who had befriended him. Howard had planned to be the first in the field with a hastily prepared biography of the great preacher, and he felt that Bok had forestalled him. Forthwith, he launched a vicious attack on the compiler of the memorial, accusing him of “making money out of Henry Ward Beecher’s dead body” and of “seriously offending the family of Mr. Beecher, who had had no say in the memorial, which was therefore without authority, and hence extremely distasteful to all.” Howard had convinced a number of editors of the justice of his position, and so he secured a wide publication for his attack. For the second time, Edward Bok was under fire, and remembering his action on the previous occasion, he again remained silent, and again the argument was put forth that his silence implied guilt. But Mrs. Beecher and members of the Beecher family did not observe silence, and quickly proved that not only had Bok compiled the memorial as a labor of love and had lost money on it, but that he had the full consent of the family in its preparation. When, shortly afterward, Howard’s hastily compiled “biography” of Mr. Beecher appeared, a reporter asked Mrs. Beecher whether she and her family had found it accurate. “Accurate, my child,” said Mrs. Beecher. “Why, it is so accurate in its absolute falsity that neither I nor the boys can find one fact or date given correctly, although we have studied it for two days. Even the year of Mr. Beecher’s birth is wrong, and that is the smallest error!” Edward Bok little dreamed that these two experiences with public criticism were to serve him as a foretaste of future attacks when he would get the benefit of hundreds of pencils especially sharpened for him.* Fine condition. (EXA 4661)______________ *p. 133-135 Please see our other sales and check back each week for more materialFind more fine historical Americana on our website. 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