ANDREW CARNEGIE. TLS: “Andrew Carnegie”, 1p, 8¼x10¾. New York, 1907 January 8. On his personal engraved letterhead to the Editor of “The Sun”. In full: “Referring to the enclosed letter to the Evening Post and its reply, might I venture to ask whether the Sun recognizes that changes in spelling in our language are needed and if it would favor the appointment of a joint commission of the two English-speaking nations, as suggested.” Typed postscript: “P.S. – Answer can be made either privately or thru your columns as preferred. Copy of this is sent to each New York paper.” Lightly creased with folds, faint vertical fold through the “C” of Carnegie. The “w” in Andrew is slightly smudged, lightly soiled at lower margin. With original newspaper clipping of Carnegie’s December 27, 1906 letter to the Editor of “The New York Evening Post”. Titled: “Simplified Spelling, Again”. Lightly creased. Nicked at upper edges. “Steel King” Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) had consolidated his iron and steel operations into Carnegie Steel Co. in 1899 and merged with U.S. Steel in 1901. He then retired to devote the rest of his life to his philanthropies, giving away over $350 million during his lifetime, including $15,000 yearly to the Simplified Spelling Board he founded in 1906. In August 1906, his Board sent a list of 300 revised spellings to Carnegie’s friend, President Theodore Roosevelt, who ordered the Government Printing Office to incorporate the changes. The revisions were soon revoked, but Carnegie was undeterred in his quest for simplified spelling (which was good-naturedly ridiculed by his friend, author Samuel L. Clemens). Carnegie suggested a joint commission with Great Britain to make changes, and he continued writing letters advocating spelling reform to newspaper editors. Two items. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 86770
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