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  1. Packer, Asa, 1805-1879.
    [Letter] 1856 December 20, Washington [to] [Horace Binney] / Asa Packer.
    Packer states that when last in Philadelphia he saw Mr. White who "promised me that he would call on Mr. EA Packer and see if they could not settle it..." If it cannot be settled, Packer says that he would like to see it brought to trial quickly. He also states that he send the Agricultural report and will try to procure the Mechanical one as well. Asa Packer was a captain of industry who built the Lehigh Valley Railroad and controlled a coal-mining empire in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. He also founded Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA in 1865. Born from humble beginnings, Packer became the third-wealthiest man in the United States, beginning his career in the canal industry and then branching out to railroads. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State legislature and a served two terms in Congress; he vied unsuccessfully for the Democratic nomination for the Presidency as well as for the governorship of Pennsylvania. He died in 1879 after a fall in his Philadelphia office.
  2. Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969.
    [Letter] 1959 June 13, Washington [to] Francis E. Walter, Washington / Drew Pearson.
    Pearson writes to Walter to say he "got a big kick about the editorial written by our friend in the Easton Express. Obviously he is not enthusiastic over me." He adds an aphorism about the positive power of publicity, and tells Walter he has been in Europe but will come by "to bother you" soon. Pearson wrote about corruption on Capitol Hill, and also co-authored books on the politics of the Supreme Court and Congress.
  3. Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870.
    [Letter] 1867 January 10, Charleston (SC) [to] Easton Southern Society / W. Gilmore Simms [William Gilmore Simms].
    Simms writes to address a misunderstanding that has arisen between him and his publisher regarding his contributions of serial fiction. He expresses that he "very much regret[s] that there should be any difference between us" in this matter, and reviews the initial agreement in which he was to be paid $50 weekly for material covering 4 to 5 columns. Simms goes on to detail his grievances against the journal and closes by requesting a remittance of $100 to settle the accounts between them. Simms was a prolific Southern writer who published poetry, essays, biographies, and articles, and novels including The Yemassee. A Romance of Carolina published in 1835.
  4. Southey, Robert, 1774-1843.
    [Letter] 1811 September 5, Keswick [to] Reverend Dr. [Andrew] Bell, Durham / Robert Southey.
    Southey writes to Bell to inform him that he has just returned home, and though he has not unpacked his books and papers yet, Southey declares himself ready to "gird up my loins for the contest" which will involve the Quarterly and seeking "ample vengeance" upon Bell's "Edinburgh enemy & calumniator whom I understand to be [Bronyham?]-- not Jeffery as I had erroneously supposed." After describing his visit to a school, Southey encourages Bell to "Go on dear Sir!" and tells him that when he thinks of him or of Clarkson he is glad to "have the honour of numbering among my friends the two greatest benefactors of the human race who have appeared since Martin Luther." Southey's refers here to The Quarterly Review a London journal published by John Murray beginning in 1809. Rev. Dr. Andrew Bell known as the founder of Madras System of Education.
  5. Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944.
    [Letter] 1908 May 6, New York [to] Henry Ketcham, Rugby (North Dakota) / Ida Tarbell.
    Tarbell responds to Ketcham's letter regarding Mr. Whitney's transcription of Abraham Lincoln's "lost speech." Tarbell states that the magazine is not pretending the reconstruction is authoritative, and is aware that discrepencies may exist, but "It was better than nothing, and before Mr. Whitney wrote this report, we had nothing at all on the speech." In addition to working as a journalist and penning biographies of Lincoln and industrial leaders, Tarbell also wrote her own autobiography All in the Day's Work (1939). Henry Ketcham was an author who wrote about Abraham Lincoln.
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