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Washington Irving, one America's first great writers, makes reference to his contemporary, James Fenimore Cooper, and muses on visiting, " the spot where Columbus first landed."
Tarrytown, December 20, 1840. 8" x 10". "Autograph Letter Signed, ""Washington Irving,"" 2 pages, 8"" x 10"", Tarrytown, December 20, 1840, with the integral transmittal leaf addressed in his hand to historian and journalist William Leete Stone, Sr. (1792-1844) in New York. Minor partial separations to expected folds, light toning, mounting remnants along margin of transmittal leaf, small loss from seal tear, else very good.Irving writes, in full: ""I return you the letter of Mr Bacon and beg when next you write to him you will express to him how much I feel obliged by the kind interest he manifests in my canvas[?] and by his suggestion as to a visit to the spot where Columbus first landed. Such a visit would indeed be most interesting to me did circumstances permit me to make it; but he is mistaken in the idea that I have any work in hand connected with the landing of Columbus. The report that got into the papers, must have originated in the circumstance of Mr [James Fenimore] Cooper being occupied in a work founded on that subject, and in my name being, by a [?], substituted for his. I have seen Mr. Wiley and will do the needful with respect to the biography of Campbell as soon as I can command a moment[']s leisure. I am glad to find you are extending your interesting and romantic researches into the valley of the Susquehanna.""Leet's ""romantic researches into the valley of the Susquehanna"" (as Irving termed them) resulted in the 1841 volume, Poetry and History of Wyoming. This work built upon his previous years work documenting the history of the American Revolution on the Pennsylvania and New York frontiers including Border Wars of the American Revolution (1837), Life of Joseph Brant (1838), and Life of Red Jacket (1840).In 1840 James Fenimore Cooper published Mercedes of Castile: or, the Voyage to Cathay, a historical novel set in the 1490s using Columbus' voyages of discovery as a backdrop. "
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