HARRIET BEECHER STOWE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1856 For Sale
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HARRIET BEECHER STOWE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/24/1856:
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She signs a detailed autograph 1856 letter to an English couple, enthusiastically endorsing
the talent for dramatic reading of Mary Webb, daughter of a fugitive slave, for whom
Stowe has written a special dramatized reading of Uncle Tom. Framed in the Gallery of
History style to 41x21
Autograph Letter Signed: "With truest regard I remain/Ever Yours/H B Stowe", 2¼ pages, 7x8¾
and 6x7¾, separate sheets. Boston, 1856 May 24. To Mr. & Mrs. Wilman, London. Begins:
"Dear Friends". In full: "Permit me to introduce to your kind regards Mr & Mrs. Webb in whose
welfare and success I am greatly interested. Mrs Webb is the Daughter of a fugitive slave and
had her freedom secured by a heroic effort: on the part of her mother: a short time previous
to her birth. She was born in New Bedford, New England and was subsequently sent to
Cuba where she passed the earlier years of her life in a convent. Having been endowed with
an extraordinary genius for Elocution She has adopted the profession of a Dramatic Reader.
And she has already aquired (sic) considerable reputation Her success is attested by hundreds
of notices written by some of the most competent critics in this country Indeed her success has
been such as to induce even Pro-Slavery Lyceums to avail themselves of her services in their
causes Her reading of Uncle Tom:' which I have dramatised (sic) expressly for her has been
considered unequaled. Longfellow also has expressed himself much gratified with her
rendering of Hiawatha with regard to which he has made her some valuable suggestions The
reading season being over in this country she has been induced to try her success in England. I
am induced to recommend her to your notice because she has made the tragedy of Fasio an
Especial study & her rendering of it has been highly spoken of by persons better qualified to judge
than I am, It has less of stage effect than common but much of delicate tact tenderness & pathos &
I think it could not but give you pleasure to hear it Permit me to say in closing with how much
pleasure I remember the short time in which it was my good fortune to enjoy your society, during
my London sojourn." On verso of signature sheet: "To be copied/Mr & Mrs Wilman/London".
Author and abolitionist HARRIET BEECHER STOWE (1811-1896) is best known for
Uncle Tom's Cabin, or Life Among the Lowly, which was serialized in the abolitionist
newspaper "National Era" (June 5, 1851-April 1, 1852) before being published in book
form in March 1852. Stowe, who made her first European tour in 1853, followed the
work, which helped to solidify Northern sentiment against slavery, with Dred: A Tale of
the Great Dismal Swamp in 1856, the year of this letter (she made a second visit to
England to obtain a British copyright for this book). Stowe had made the acquaintance of
MARY E. WEBB (1829-1859), who had made her public debut as a speaker in Philadelphia
on April 19, 1855, in May 1855 at a reading in Massachusetts. During the summer of 1855,
she became Webb's patron, writing The Christian Slave: A Drama, based on a portion of
Uncle Tom's Cabin, for Webb to read. The recital, which took place on December 6,
1855 in Boston's Tremont Temple, was attended by poet HENRY WADSWORTH
LONGFELLOW (1807-1882), whose 1855 poem, "Hiawatha", was recited by Webb in
performances in 1856. Shortly after receiving Stowe's letter of recommendation, Mary
and her husband, FRANK JOHNSON WEBB, whom she had married in 1845, traveled
to Great Britain, where Stowe's friend, The Duchess of Sutherland, became Mary's
patron. Mary, who gave her first reading in Britain at the home of the Duchess, London's
Stafford House on July 28, 1856, was visited by Stowe's sister, Mary Beecher Perkins, the
following year. When her health began to decline, Webb traveled to France before returning
to the U.S. in 1858. One of the few Black women to attain international fame before the
U.S. Civil War, Mary died in Jamaica in 1859. Lightly creased, vertical creases touch the "H"
and "B" of signature. Light stain at upper margin of signature sheet touches 1 word. Overall,
fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 41¼x20½.
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