PHILLIPS BROOKS ALS responding favorably to an autograph request Autograph Letter signed: “Phillips Brooks”, 1 page, 4½x5. Boston, 1880 February 7. On personal note paper to “my dear Sir”. In full: “I send you very willingly the autograph which you wish & I am Most Sincerely Yours”. Phillips Brooks (1835-1893) was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1859. He was Rector of Philadelphia’s Church of the Holy Trinity (1862-1869) and then of Trinity Church in Boston, until he was consecrated Bishop of Massachusetts in 1891. An inspiring preacher who drew large crowds, he wrote “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (1867), inspired by a visit to the Holy Land. Many of his sermons and lectures were published, including his Lectures on Preaching at Yale (1877). Phillips Brooks House at his alma mater, Harvard University, is named after him. After the great Boston fire of 1872, Brooks supervised reconstruction of Trinity Church, an architectural marvel designed by Henry Hobhouse Richardson which still graces Boston’s Copley Square. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Slightly soiled. Edges cut uneven. Otherwise, fine condition. – Please contact us if you have any questions or require additional information. HFSID 23121
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