EDWARD EVERETT (PRINCIPAL GETTYSBURG CEMETERY DEDICATION SPEAKER) - THE DISCOVERY & COLONIZATION OF AMERICA

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A lecture published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1853. Author presentation copy, w/front cover inscription: “Charles E. Norton Esq./ with the best wishes of/ E. Everett.” 32 pp., in beige wraps, 9 x 5.75”. Exhibits extremely slight soiling of covers. Else near fine.

A Bostonian and Harvard man, Edward Everett had a distinguished public career, serving as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, 15th governor of Massachusetts, Secretary of State, Minister to England, and president of Harvard University. He was also the most prestigious and sought after public speaker in ante-bellum and Civil War-era America. At the National Soldiers Cemetery dedication at Gettysburg, November 19, 1863, Everett spoke for two hours, followed by President Lincoln who delivered his Gettysburg Address in two minutes. Everett afterwards wrote Lincoln to say that the President had said more in his two minutes than Everett had in two hours.

It is worth adding that the man to whom the pamphlet is inscribed—Charles Eliott Norton—was one the of Harvard’s most notable scholars, and a figure in his own right, related to Harvard president Charles Elliot, a friend of Emerson, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Thomas Carlyle and other 19th Century literary worthies.

Excellent collectible. Fine Victorian-era pamphlet by a lecturer who later spoke with Lincoln at Gettysburg. [jp]

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