May 04, 2017 - Sale 2446

Sale 2446 - Lot 35

Price Realized: $ 4,160
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
"BETTER YOUR ONE REPUBLIC SHOULD BE TWO THAN THAT . . . FREEDOM SHOULD SUFFER" (CIVIL WAR.) COLLINS, WILKIE. Autograph Letter Signed, to Charles Edward Bennett, expressing gratitude to Americans for their sentiments about him at a time of war, and giving his view on the uselessness of war. 3 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; minor scattered bleedthrough. (MRS) London, 12 September 1862

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". . . I owe a heavy debt of obligation to the sympathy and kindness of my American readers . . . I would be miserable indeed, if I were not gratified by their friendly remembrance of me, at a time when their country is distracted by the most terrible war that has happened in my time.
"I have read with great interest the news which you kindly give me of the state of this hideous struggle as it now stands. My horror of all war, my firm conviction that the remedy of fighting is the most devilish and the most useless of all remedies, may be misleading me--but it seems to my mind the interest of America, the interest of Liberty, and the interest of Humanity, that this strife would end--no matter how it ends. Better your one Republic should be two than that the cause of Freedom should suffer in American hands."