1878 Letter from a Yale Professor to a Notable New York Attorney Concerning the End of Reconstruction and a Bust of Yale's President [Manuscript]. Thacher, Thomas A. [1815-1886]. [Edwards Pierrepont (1817-1892)]. [Autograph Letter, Signed, To Edwards Pierrepont, New Haven, CT, December 4, 1878]. Two 8" x 5" sheets, text to rectos and versos, no transmittal envelope. Moderate toning and a few minor stains, vertical fold lines. $250. * A candid 1878 letter by Yale classics professor Thomas A. Thacher discussing the upcoming Congressional mid-term elections, Louisiana politics, and the "villainy" of the "white people of the slave states." It is addressed to "My Dear Pierrepont," a Yale College and Yale Law graduate who was one of the most important lawyers and political figures of the later nineteenth century. Thacher gives his negative opinion of the post-Reconstruction South and discusses the former Confederate General Randall L. Gibson, who was then a Democratic Congressman from Louisiana. Thacher's letter also discusses the delay in delivering a bust of Yale College President Theodore Dwight Woolsey by sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens that was commissioned by Pierrepont.
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