Sir Henry M. Stanley 1901 Autograph Letter Regarding the Congo "Dr. Livingstone, I presume" has to be one of the most famous lines ever spoken and the writer of this letter is the one who said it. What an interesting life he led! Born John Rowlands in Wales in 1841, he was given his name, Henry Morton Stanley, in 1859 by his adoptive father in New Orleans, where he had traveled as a cabin boy from Liverpool. During the Civil War, he served on both sides. After the war, he became a journalist and his coverage of Lord Napier's Ethiopian campaign in 1868 for the New York Herald won him a commission to go to Africa to find David Livingstone. Stanley located the great explorer on Lake Tanganyika on Nov. 10, 1871 and you already know what he said. Stanley was to travel extensively in Africa, and on his third journey to the Congo, this one sponsored by King Leopold II of Belgium, he helped to organize the notorious Congo Free State. He became a repatriated British subject in 1892, served in Parliament from 1895-1900 and was knighted in 1899. This interesting and important four page letter (both sides on foldover lettersheet) is dated February 12, 1901 and the content regards his refutation of an article written about him and his journeys in the Congo sent by the correspondent. He closes by writing, "But enough. Carl Hessberg is an imposter & the writer William Thorp is an idiot I suspect." Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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