Lot 66: TLS, one page, 7.75 x 10.25, January 10, 1901. Letter to Charles Howard Shinn. In part: "I wrote to the Harpers for the sheets of the Washington as soon as possible after your letter came, and here they are To-day. I am forwarding them to you Under another cover, and beg that you will accept them as a belated New Year's souvenir. I have not opened the package: I take it for granted the contents are Complete and what I ordered. I am very much interested that you want to extra-illustrate the book. I am working away 'like a nigger' on the History now appearing in the Harper's, and have scarcely time to breathe, so fearful is the rate at which the inexorable press is gaining on me. But I have time to think of you with all affection." Along the left edge, Wilson writes a brief postscript, initialed "W. W.," in full: "I had done up the package before I thought of the autograph. I enclose a sheet to be bound in." In fine condition, with intersecting folds. In 1900, Harper's Weekly began publishing articles on political and social issues by prominent figures including Wilson. Later on in 1901 the future president published a complete book, History of the American People, which was sympathetic toward the suffering of Southerners following the Civil War. Wilson's racial views-as evident in one reprehensible phrase used in this letter-could be seen in some of his administration's policies and are a notable subject of criticism in evaluating his legacy.
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