Horace Mann 1844 Autograph Letter Signed

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“When I see an article written in the human & Christian spirit which dictated that, I feel as thou the dreadful reign of bigotry was sensibly nearer to its close; & I regard him, whoever he may be, that hastens its downfall, as a benefactor to mankind.”

American politician, abolitionist, and education reformer (1796–1859).

Autograph letter signed “Horace Mann”, Wrentham, April 10, 1844, 7.75×10, one page, in full:

My dear Sir,  I have seen an article in the Advertiser of the 8th inst. which from its initials, as well as from certain internal evidence I believe to be from your pen. Assuming this to be so, allow me to thank you, (partly for myself, for I cannot be insensible to praise from so worthy a source,) but a thousand times more, for the spirit of justice & toleration, which inspired it. When I see an article written in the human & Christian spirit which dictated that, I feel as thou the dreadful reign of bigotry was sensibly nearer to its close; & I regard him, whoever he may be, that hastens its downfall, as a benefactor to mankind.

With address panel addressed by Mann to “Hon. Theops Parsons Boston”.

In very fine condition, folds.  Fresh to the market.

The letter comes from the archives of Theophilus Parsons, Jr. (1797 – 1882) – Son of the noted Massachusetts jurist of the same name, Theophilus Parsons, Jr. was a Boston lawyer and literary figure best remembered for the legal texts he authored during his long tenure as Dane Professor of Law at Harvard. He was also a man of literary, philosophical, and religious interests.