[Ft. Sander, Wyoming Territory? s.n.], 1877.
Broadside circular, 8-1/4 x 5-1/4 in, with 4 8vo letters, 4 pp. total. Formerly folded, short edge-tear, mild wear, very good. Not in OCLC. Paine, Thomas Nast: His Period and his Pictures (1904), pp. 372-4 (illustrated). Item #247065
A broadside circular from the "Cavalry" of Ft. Sanders, Wyoming Territory, addressed to William Conant Church, editor of the Army and Navy Journal, regarding the raising of funds by subscription to present a testimonial to Thomas Nast. Reading, in part, "The Army feel that Mr. Thomas Nast, of Harper's Weekly, has, by his vivid caricatures, in said paper, exhibited to the country how the Army has been and is being treated, and by such action on his part he is entitled to the gratitude of both officers and soldiers …" A subscription, at 25 cents a share for enlisted Army and Navy men, is to be created; the money collected for "a suitable testimonial" to Nast.
William Conant Church's personal copy. Annotated in pen at the conclusion, "One sent to every Post in the Army. Guy V. Henry." According to Albert Bigelow Paine, Henry was one of the "… 'bravest of the brave,' [Henry] then at Fort Sanders trying to get well of injuries received in the campaign agaist Crazy Horse, under General Crook" (p. 372).
Included are four autograph letters from 1878 that pertain to the "suitable testimonial" of the broadside — a vase to be created by Tiffany in Nast's honor. One letter is from Tiffany Company to Church discussing the vase. The other three letters are from Nast (but not signed, and not in his hand) to Church describing the former's drawings and ideas for the vase.
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