Autograph manuscript signed of his essay, "Soldiers in the Making," 19 1/2pp, no place, no date.

HUGHES, RUPERT

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Autograph manuscript signed of his essay on the state of the U.S. army, entitled "Soldiers in the Making," 19 1/2pp, 4to, no place, no date. A working draft written in ink on the rectos of 20 leaves (numbered [1]-20), with the author's additions, deletions and revisions (in ink and pencil) throughout and with passages supplied in his hand (tipped into text). The essay begins: "Our 'standing army' is hardly able to sit up. It refuses to take nourishment. Recruits are impossible to get, and, once got, can not be kept. Those who do not run away, decline to reenlist. The army is said to be 20,000 below its own minimum and many of the organizations are such paltry handsful, that instead of three battalions to a regiment it takes three regiments to make a battalion. They are well called skeletons, but they are hardly so much; since they lack the very vertebrae. I have seen photographs of so-called companies which are also as absurd as those stage-armies whose pathetic condition Shakespeare bewailed as carrying the glory of France and the power of England. First leaf (once torn in half) affixed to a separate sheet, and with the stamp of "The New Hampton Publishing Co." at the upper left, some smudging, soiling and wear; corner of one leaf torn away with loss of a few words, otherwise good. Together with a typescript of Hughes' article (20pp., 4to) with a few pencil corrections in the text and directions to the printer in another hand (a little soiled and worn) and, also, a two-page revised manuscript (inlaid on browned poor-quality paper, a little torn and soiled, neatly attached to larger sheets) of an "Editor's Note" for "Soldiers in the Making." The latter, written in pencil by an unidentified writer states in part: "At the risk of offending some of our readers, BROADWAY is publishing this month some good, vigorous, hard-hitting English which Mr. Hughes has put together in an attempt to show what he thinks of the situation. He is very enthusiastic about the New York National Guard. He is very enthusiastic about any National Guard. . . ." The three pieces together in a (stained and worn) cloth folder. (Item ID: 22793)



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