Very Good. Item #5041
V.p. 1903-1904. From the personal library of author, journalist, and presidential speechwriter William Safire.
Small quarto. Green leather and marbled paper-covered boards with gilt lettering and decoration to spine. Signed November 1898 letter from John Hay on State Department letterhead to S.H. Kauffmann of the Corcoran Gallery of Art acknowledging invitation to entertain the members of the Joint High Commission at the gallery. Bookplate of Dr. M.P. Motto on front pastedown. John Hay began his political career as a personal secretary and assistant to Abraham Lincoln, then served as Assistant Secretary of State and as Ambassador to the United Kingdom before becoming Secretary of State under both William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. Hay also spent some time as an Assistant Editor and editorial writer for the New-York Tribune, and wrote and published poetry, a biography of Lincoln, and an anonymously-published novel, The Bread-Winners. Occasional toning to pages and a few shallow tears to margins, not involving text. Binding is sound and pages clean and unmarked.
1. Memorial Address on the Life and Character of William McKinley. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1903. 70pp. Revised Text, Printing A without Congress statement at head of title. [McKinley Memorial Address. BAL 7789].
2. Fifty Years of the Republican Party. N.p., 1904. Presumed First, preceding Campaign Editions. Printed white paper wraps' 29pp. [BAL 7797].
3. The Republican Party: “A party fit to govern.” Campaign Edition E. New York: Privately Printed, 1904. 57pp. [BAL 7797]
4. The Congress of Peace: Address by The Honrable John Hay. Printing A. N.p., 1904. Yellow-green wrapper w/ Strathmore watermark. 12pp. [BAL 7798]
5. Speech of the Honorable John Hay, Secretary of State. Delivered at Carnegie Hall, New York, October 20, 1904. 19pp. [BAL 7799]
6. Remarks of Mr. John Hay in Reply to the Toast of "Our Recent Diplomacy" at the Dinner of the New York Chamber of Commerce, November 19, 1901. N.p., 1901. 11pp.[BAL 7787]
7. "Liberty." N.p, n.d. Single printed poem, 9.5" x 5.5"