Autograph letter signed, 2 1/2pp, 13 Nov. 1880, to Theodore Tilton.

MCCARTHY, JUSTIN

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Autograph letter signed, 2 1/2pp, 8vo, on attractive pictorial letterhead of the Westminster Palace Hotel, Victoria Street, London, 13 November 1880. To Theodore Tilton, in New York, thanking him for his letters and "the charming volume" he has sent ("with the admirable picture of yourself"): " . . . I shall not only read the book, I shall read it often and keep it among my treasures. I was very glad to get the printed extracts you sent to me. I was very glad to get the printed extracts you sent me. . . . One always likes to know what is being said about him in a country where he hopes still to have friends, & to be well thought of. I hope that we may meet soon again either by your crossing the Atlantic in this direction or my crossing it in that." Splitting at center; a trifle browned, else very good.

Justin McCarthy (1830-1912); Irish politician, historian, novelist. "After moving to London in 1860, he was on the staff of the radical Morning Star, first as a member of the reporters' gallery of the House of Commons, then as foreign editor and finally, from 1864, as editor, until his resignation in 1868. McCarthy authored or co-authored more than fifty novels; the first, Paul Massie, was published anonymously in 1866 and was quickly followed by a second, Waterdale, published under his own name in 1867. On leaving the Morning Star he travelled in September 1868 to the United States, where he toured widely, visiting thirty-five of the then thirty-seven states. He returned in mid-1871 to London, where he subsequently wrote for several periodicals including the Fortnightly Review, Contemporary Review, and Nineteenth Century. Soon after his return he also became a leader writer on the Liberal Daily News, where he was employed for the next twenty-three years." [S.L. Gwynn, rev. Alan O'Day in ODNB]

Theodore Tilton(1835-1907); influential American editor, lecturer, and writer, now best remembered for the adultery charges which he brought against the Rev. Henry Ward Beecher, a former associate, and the ensuing trial which ruined Tilton's career. "The trial, known as the 'flower war' because courtroom spectators showered flowers on both men, was one of the greatest public events of the 1870s. In 1876 Plymouth Church convened a second council to reaffirm Beecher's innocence, and some of Tilton's friends were excommunicated from the church. In 1878 Elizabeth Tilton made a public confession of her adultery, and although she was then excommunicated from the church, Beecher's reputation generally did not suffer. Beecher's influence prevented Tilton from earning a living as a journalist after this scandal. In 1883 he fled abroad, where he lived in poverty. Elizabeth Tilton died in Brooklyn in 1897, the same year Tilton published his Complete Poetical Works. He died in Paris." [Susan E. Gunter, ANB] The book presented to Justin McCarthy by Tilton and mentioned in the present letter was almost certainly his Thou and I: A Lyric of Human Life, first published in 1880. (Item ID: 8409)



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