Lot 138: Temperance agitator (1846–1911) known for smashing saloons with a hatchet. ALS in pencil, signed "Carrie Nation," one page, 7.5 x 5, March 7, 1901. Letter to an admirer, headed "In Jail, Topeka." In full: "My dear young man, do all within the bounds of the law and you will be a smasher. The law of God and the law of right." Beneath her signature, Nation adds: "A Home Defender, A Soul Defender, A Heaven Defender, A Hell Offender, I can not spare a hatchet yet." Intersecting folds passing through the signature, light creases and toning, and show-through from mounting remnants to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Ideal content from the outlaw teetotaler, who was arrested more than thirty times during her violent temperance campaigns.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 453
Sunday, 17th May 2015
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