Collection of 32 Autograph Letters signed & one Brady photo, including a 4 pp. Autograph Letter, signed from W.C. Whitney to his son Harry about attending Harvard instead of Yale, addressed to him at Groton c/o Rev. Endicott Peabody, dated Sept., 21,

Price: 20,000.00 USD

Various places: 1890. 1 vols. 8vo. The letters are mostly from Harry's mother, Flora Payne Whitney, with a few from his father William C. Whitney, including a rather poignant one in which he expresses his sorrow and distress that Harry had made up his mind to go to Yale, rather than Harvard as WCW had hoped. "Yale is narrow...I am awfully disappointed-more than I can say." Flora's letters generally strike a more cheerful note-she relates news of the family, and her travels and social doings-she appears to have had a very busy time in Washington entertaining, with balls, and parties, and receptions of a thousand people. She shows the usual motherly concern for Harry's welfare ("I do love your letters only they terrify me when they paint so vividly the dangers of tobogganing"), and her letters include references to clothes ("you will have to wait for your long pants, vest, and high collar"), family Christmas presents, the neighbors ("I have not looked out of my window in time to see the Vanderbilts off to school with their books") and her hopes for her son ("I want you to be very ambitious and work hard.") There are letters from Flora to WCW, and a couple of affectionate ones from him to her, all written when one was in New York and the other in Washington, as well as a letter from Flora to her mother, and a few others. It is clear that Harry is the apple of his parents' eye-his father alludes to Harry's 'strength of character", and apart from Flora's social news, the family appears as a happy, ordinary one of no special consequence. It is only when one recalls the reality of the situation that one realizes how remarkable these letters really are. UNIQUE. Generally in very good condition, several with their original envelopes.


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