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    [Andrew Johnson] Impeachment Content Letter. An ALS "Barrett Wendell", 4pp., 9" x 6" folded to 4.5" x 6", Boston, October 4, 1889, to a Mr. Huren relating inside information about President Andrew Johnson during his impeachment in 1868, and an important visitor who lifted Johnson from his depression with a single word of praise, telling the President that he thought him to be "...impolitic but thoroughly honest." Hearing this, "... Johnson sprang to his feet, held out both hands, & literally weeping, grasped the hands of his visitor, too much affected to speak." Wendell continues in the letter that he knows nothing more, except that Johnson, "... maddened by the hounds of party politics, believing himself doomed to stand alone for what he believed right..." was deeply affected ".... by the meeting with a single man who was willing to avow belief in his honesty. Johnson, you remember, would not disavow the Union when the secessionist from Tennessee put a rope around his neck." And he concludes that Andrew Johnson, "... a common man of the common people....will be remembered as one who did his best." Johnson became President with the death of Abraham Lincoln and drew the wrath of the Radical Republicans with his compassionate policies toward the South. Barrett Wendell was a Professor of English at Harvard from 1898 to 1917. Light to moderate toning and soling along front margins, otherwise near fine condition.

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