Philadelphia. Oct. 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."