Lot 15: Signed Cards: George W Curtis, Noah Porter, Wendell Phillips, John Whittier

Early American

October 29, 2016, 9:00 AM PST
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, US
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Description: Autographs Autographs: Noah Porter, Wendell Phillips & John Whittier c. 1870, Collection of Four (4) Autographed Cards, Signed by George William Curtis, Wendell Phillips, John G. Whittier, Noah Porter, all Choice Extremely Fine to Near Mint. This excellent quality archive of Four Autographed Cards is from a collection compiled during the early 1870s. Two have Inscribed Short Quotes. Noah Porter adds "Yale College". The Whittier is written on paper placed onto card. All are near perfect examples, each card is 2" x 3.5" well written on white card, in excellent condition. (4 items). George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 - August 31, 1892) was an American writer and public speaker, born in Providence, Rhode Island, of old New England stock. In 1863 he became the political editor of Harper's Weekly, which was highly influential in shaping public opinion. His service to the Republican party was such, that he was offered several nominations to office, and might have been sent as minister to England but he refused all such offers, preferring to serve the country as editor and public speaker. Wendell Phillips (29 November 1811 - 2 February 1884) was an American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, and orator. He was an exceptional orator and agitator, advocate and lawyer, writer and debater. John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 - September 7, 1892) was an influential American Quaker poet and ardent advocate of the abolition of slavery in the United States. He is usually listed as one of the Fireside Poets. Whittier was strongly influenced by the Scottish poet, Robert Burns. Noah Porter, Jr. (December 14, 1811 - March 4, 1892), American academic, philosopher, author, lexicographer and President of Yale College (1871-1886). He graduated from Yale College in 1831 and was ordained as a Congregational minister in New Milford, Connecticut from 1836 to 1843. He served as pastor at a Congregational Church in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1843 to 1846[2]. He was elected professor of moral philosophy and metaphysics at Yale in 1846.
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