Autograph letter signed, 4pp, 17 Jan. 1882. To [Henry] Adams.


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Autograph letter signed ("J. Bryce"), 4pp, 8vo, on embossed letterhead of the Atheneum Club, Pall Mall, 17 January 1882. A lengthy letter soliciting an article on government, to Mr. Adams: "When in Massachusetts, I succeeded in getting some idea of their system of Local Government. . . . [I]t might be of much service & interest . . . to have some account of it in other parts of the Union also. Could you write such an account? Or if you haven't time, could you get some one else, accurate and clear, to do it? or in last resort . . . one of your senior students? . . . . I would get it published. . . . Pennsylvania would be a good typical state to take -- Ohio or Illinois another -- If two systems could be described, so much the better. . . . The article I desire would be . . . equal to ten pages of N. American Review -- and ought to deal much more fully with rural than with city government. . . . Pray remember me to Gildersleeve, Sylvester, Morris, Martin and all other friends in J.H.U. I hope extremely that the President is better: please let me hear of him." Some soiling, especially along left edge; small hole in upper left corner (presumably from a fastener; no text disturbed); good. Annotated "Aswd Feb 25" at upper margin.

James Bryce (1838-1922), English jurist, historian and politician, author of The American Commonwealth. He was a frequent contributor of political and historical articles to the magazines of the 1880s and 1890s. (Item ID: 16556)

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