1840 Autograph Letter Signed by Edward Everett, future Gettysburg Orator.

1840 Letter by this preacher and public speaker, famed for delivering a two-hour oration in 1863 at the dedication of the Gettysburg military cemetery


Future Gettysburg orator Edward Everett is irritated and writes this one-page letter to Nathaniel Greene, Postmaster. Everett is irked as he was sent an unsolicited printed enclosure (not here present) in an envelope and he was charged double postage. Everett writes that he returns the item, unopened and unwanted, to the postmaster.

In part: “It is a single sheet ... contained I presume nothing but printed matter, and is placed in an envelope open at both ends. It also also of the nature of a periodical publication, being regularly issued every year.” It seems Everett feels he is being unfairly overcharged by Green based on the item’s format.

In the 19th century, Edward Everett was celebrated as a preacher and public orator. He is most famous for delivering a two-hour oration in 1863 at the dedication of the Gettysburg military cemetery. Everett’s speech was subsequently eclipsed by President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal, two-minute Gettysburg Address.


Description: 1840 Autograph Letter Signed by Edward Everett, future Gettysburg Orator.

Somerset Street [Massachusetts]. April 29, 1840. Quarto, [1]p. + integral address leaf with red wax seal. Light creases, small paper loss to unused area where seal was opened; very good.

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Price: $50.00

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