“STRIKE BUT HEAR”
A SCARCE LETTER FROM THE PEN OF THE AMERCIAN EDUCATIONAL REFORMER, HORACE MANN, ABOUT AN ARTICLE SUBMITTED TO HIS JOURNAL
MANN, HORACE. (1796-1859). American educational reformer; slavery abolitionist; Whig politician elected to the United States House of Representatives (1848–1853); President of Antioch College. Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “Horace Mann”. 1 ¼ pages, quarto. West Newton, Massachusetts. November 24, 1846. To “Amos Perry Esq., Providence, R.I.” Integral address leaf with postal cancellations. Some marginalia of bird[?] sketches, and tiny ink smear, else fine condition. Mann writes:
“Dear Sir, “Strike but hear.” I should have answered your favor of Nov. 6th long ago, but when I read it the Number of the Journal for Nov. 16th was all in print and it was my intention to insert your communication with Numbers for Dec. 1st. I did not ascertain until yesterday that I must fill the two remaining Numbers for this year with something else. If you see the Journal, you will see the special property of this and that I cannot postpone the matter which I shall insert, but another year. I should like to keep your letter, on many accounts, and yet perhaps you will it will be too late to insert an article of such a nature so long after the happening of the event. I, therefore, tho reluctantly return, it as you request. Allow me to hope that you will make its place good by some other communication. I thank you for this and shall be happy to hear from you again. Very truly and sincerely yours, etc. Horace Mann”.