News | July 30, 2013

The Raab Collection Offers Newly Discovered, Unpublished Horace Greeley Letters

PHILADELPHIA, PA — The Raab Collection, an international dealer in historical documents, announced today that it is offering for sale an archive of previously unknown correspondence from powerful politico and New York Tribune editor Horace Greeley, the most influential journalist of the Civil War, who helped get Lincoln the nomination as President. The letters, mainly written during the War, slam President Lincoln and his Cabinet, meddle in politics and foreign affairs, and attempt to sway the opinion of both public and soldier. Together, they showcase a journalistic environment far different from what we see today. The letters are valued at $45,000.

“Greeley’s was the voice of principled opposition,” said Nathan Raab, Vice President of The Raab Collection. “His career paralleled that of Lincoln. Yet once the war began, their relationship was characterized by antagonism, two men who sat atop their spheres of influence, arguing for the future of the Union.”

The archive showcases the relationship between the New York-based editor and his Chief Washington correspondent, a man named Samuel Wilkeson. It consists of 30 letters of Greeley to Wilkeson, 2 letters of Greeley to Secretary of War Simon Cameron, and 1 letter of Simon Cameron. View the archive here.

About The Raab Collection: The Raab Collection has handled many of the most important historical documents to reach the market and has worked with the families of famous Americans, among them Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Jefferson, Dwight Eisenhower, and F. Scott Fitzgerald, in the sale and preservation of their family treasures. Many of its items have been on display in major institutions. Nathan Raab, a member of the Board of Directors of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, is also a contributor to and writes the blog: “Historically Speaking.” Steven Raab is the author of the definitive work on historical document authenticity, In the Presence of History.