Collection consisting of 103 letters, 351 pages, one printed circular letter, one printed periodical.
Historically important and significant archive, of incoming and outgoing correspondence, of Gamaliel Bailey, one of the country's leading anti-slavery journalists, political organizers, and a founder of the Republican party. Beginning in 1847 he was the editor of the National Era in Washington, D.C., which he quickly made the country's most successful antislavery newspaper. Bailey's single greatest journalistic coup was the serialization of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin in 1851, and under his direction the Era always maintained a reputation as a literary as well as an antislavery journal. The collection contains a lengthy autobiographical sketch by Bailey in which he relates details about the publication of Uncle Tom's Cabin.
Two of Bailey's main correspondents were his close friend and his closest associate Salmon P. Chase, and, his friend John McLean, Supreme Court Justice. The letters detail the business of antislavery journalism, the political maneuverings of the Liberty, Free Soil, and subsequently, of the Republican Parties at the state and national levels. The letters touch upon the presidential aspirations of both Chase and McLean. Both men sought the office, Chase is said to have coveted it with every fiber of his being. See Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals, pp.… more >