Philadelphia. October 3, 1829. pp. on a folded folio sheet, third page blank, fourth page with manuscript address and docketing. Old fold lines. Near fine. Item #WRCAM36919
A pessimistic and despairing letter from the famed Philadelphia publisher and editor, Mathew Carey. The letter is written to Philip R. Fendall, Jr., a Washington, D.C. attorney who at the time was serving as editor of the NATIONAL JOURNAL, and would-be the district attorney of Washington, D.C. in the 1840s. Carey begins the letter by chastising Fendall for not writing to him, noting that he has sent Fendall two letters without a response. The first letter concerned the state of financial accounts between the two men. Carey writes: "In my second letter I gave you a full account of my views of the present state of things & the gloomy prospects of the country...We are a degenerate people, & unworthy of the splendid (though far from faultless) form of government bequeathed to us, which we shall not long enjoy."