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[Letter] 1903 April 23, Washington D.C., [to] Robert Mackay, Esqr. / Ambrose Bierce.

Title: [Letter] 1903 April 23, Washington D.C., [to] Robert Mackay, Esqr. / Ambrose Bierce.
Personal Author: Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914?.
Date: 1903 April 23.
Extent: [1] leaf.
Dimensions: 20 x 25 cm. folded to 25 x 13 cm.
General Note: Holograph signed letter.
Abstract: Bierce requests the honor of meeting with Mackay while in Washington. He confesses that when in New York he is "bewildered by the number of places at which I am expected, and have recently adopted the plan of sneaking [underlined] into the city virtually in disguise." Bierce further states that while he is on salary with Mr. Hearst, he does not feel himself at liberty to write anything other than stories for other publications; he avers that this is not part of his contract, but that it is policy nonetheless. Bierce fought on the Union side of the Civil War, and was deeply affected by the Battle of Shiloh in 1862; he later published short stories about his wartime experiences. His caustic essays appear in several journals, and he also contributed a regular column to William Randolph Hearst San Francisco Examiner. The strong opinions which he expressed about Hearst's enemy, railway magnate Collis Huntingdon, may have stifled Huntington's Southern Pacific company. Bierce disappeared in Mexico in 1913 and the circumstances of his death are unknown.
Personal Subject: Bierce, Ambrose, 1842-1914? -- Correspondence.
Hearst, William Randolph.
Corporate Subject: San Francisco Examiner.
Subject: Publishers and publishing.
Geographical Subject: New York (N.Y.)
Washington (D.C.).
Recipient: Mackay, Robert.
 

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