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On offer is a letter written by a world traveller and a significant person in the drive for equal rights for black Americans in the early days of the 20th century. Written on ship's stationary, the letter describes several days at sea. From a notation on the letter, it is the 5th such letter mailed. The letter contains 8 pages and is 100% complete. The envelope bears the postmark. The letters are in excellent condition and the handwriting is quite legible. Philip G. Peabody was a noted American financier and philanthropist who lived in Boston in the early years of the 20th century. He was the son of a Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and was himself an attorney by profession. He also got involved with several social campaigns of his day. In particular, he was active in the anti-vivisectionist movement and a supporter of a major project of the nascent NAACP. The NAACP was founded in 1909 as a civil rights organization to advance the civil and judicial rights of black Americans. One of the grave threats to black Americans was the uniquely American practice of lynching. In 1915, Peabody offered the NAACP a $10,000 grant to develop a campaign to combat this form of extra-judicial murder. That same year, he was on board the S.S. Canopic, on one of his many Atlantic crossings. He was an avid world traveller and in his lifetime, he crossed the Atlantic an astounding 113 times and visited 43 different countries. On many of these trips, he was accompanied by his son. The S.S. Canopic was a British-flagged passenger liner that sailed for the White Star Line. Peabody wrote to Olive Peabody, his adopted daughter. His letter covers a 7 day period from Mar 18th to Mar 24th, 1915. He talks about life on board and some of the people he met: "Had a wakeful but comfortable night ... only just found at table the first pass. list. It contains 50 first cabins and 59 second cabin passengers. The sea is not rough but there is a perceptible motion which would probably send you to bed." In one of several oblique references to the war that was raging, he notes that the ship is running blacked out at night. The Captain (R.W. James) also confides in him that ships have been lost: "I sat alone with the Captain and he told me that 2 more vessels were torpedoed and sunk in the English Channel last night. This is the only thing I have heard since sailing". He met a couple returning to their home in France: @I had a conversation with Mr. Souli ...who later introduced me to his wife. They have lived in Paris for many years and know all the 'Yankee' Colony there. They were advised by the authorities to leave a few weeks after the war began and are now, after an absence of five months on their way back, confident that all danger of the enemy ever getting there is past." His letter ends on the 24th with the Canopic anchoring in heavy seas in the Azores. This is an interesting piece of correspondence from a a recognized world traveller and wealthy social reformer of the time. A historian would note that the letter conveys a sense of being apart from the world war that is engulfing the world - perhaps based on a sense of being 'above the fray' or confident that the war will not touch them as the United States was still a neutral country.
Title: 1915 ORIGINAL MANUSCRIPT LETTER HANDWRITTEN BY BOSTON FINANCIER, PHILANTHROPIST AND EARLY SUPPORTER OF THE NAACP TRAVELING BY SHIP DURING THE DARK EARLY DAYS OF WW1
Publisher: UNITED STATES, 1915
Book Condition: Excellent
Item: 1.00 Item
Seller ID: 0008184
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