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    Julia Ward Howe Autograph Letters (Two) Signed. (1) Four pages, 5" x 7.5", January 15, 1871; (2) Two pages, 4" x 5.5", February 22, 1908, "241 Beacon St.", to H. B. Sanborn of Concord, Massachusetts. Transmittal envelope is included. Both letters, written by the author of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", are in near fine condition.

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    Howe's "Battle Hymn of the Republic" was first published in 1862 in the Atlantic Monthly. After the Civil War, Howe became a women's suffrage activist and helped begin Mother's Day. The 1871 letter concerns a lecture in Bloomington, Illinois. The jocular 1908 letter reads in part: "I imagine that in this way we shall accomplish the slaughter of two birds with a mutually fatal stone. Isn't that nice writing? Seems so to me. So there."

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