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Greeley, Horace (1811-1872) to Elizabeth Oakes Smith

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.026 Author/Creator: Greeley, Horace (1811-1872) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1851 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Greeley tries to discourage Smith from founding a woman's newspaper as a poor business decision and discusses differences between business and reform. He concludes by preferring that they be "former acquaintances" rather than "friends" or "enemies." With a docket on p.1 by recipient: "full of conceited assumptions by no means warranted by my communication to him. E.O.S."


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Women's History, Reform Movement, Journalism

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform