Autograph Letter Signed

BIGELOW, John (1817-1911)

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This editor and co-owner of the "New York Evening Post" was an attorney and statesman appointed American Consul in Paris in 1861, where he was hugely influential in preventing France and the United Kingdom from aiding the Confederacy in the American Civil War, which no doubt played a role in his appointment as United States Ministers Plenipotentiary to France in 1865; in New York he helped Samuel J. Tilden in his corruption fight against "Boss" Tweed and acted as his campaign manager in his failed 1876 presidential bid. ALS, 4pp (lettersheet), 5¼" X 8", Paris, France, n.y. Addressed to "My dear friend." Very good. Faintly age toned. On "Legation des Etats Unis" letterhead, Bigelow apparently acknowledges congratulations on his 1865 appointment as United States Minister Plenipotentiary to France, thereby dating this undated letter to late 1864 or early 1865: "I am deeply sensible of the kindness of heart which prompted your flattering note. and beg you will accept my thanks. It now remains to be determined whether it will be me or the country that you will congratulate when I resign the honor which has been so unexpectedly thrust upon me. Events and the tendencies of things at home will render my position, if not less laborious, less disagreeable and irksome and wearing to the temper than it was to my lamented predecessor." (Minister William L. Dayton died in office on December 1, 1864 -- and Bigelow held the office only until 1866.) Goes on to invite this friend to visit Paris and discuss the friend's ailing father: "I thought he erred in accepting the charge of a Congregation when he went home. If he would come abroad and travel through Switzerland on foot with knapsack on his back, he may renew his youth & health but if he stays in N.Y. talks politics & fights Every bodies battles but his own, he will not grow better in health." Intriguing: REALLY makes one want to determine who received this letter and who this seemingly well-known father was. A superb, meaty letter. Bookseller Inventory # 41565

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