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John Tyler

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John Tyler

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Auction Date:2018 Dec 05 @ 18:00 (UTC-5 : EST/CDT)
Location:236 Commercial St., Suite 100, Boston, Massachusetts, 02109, United States
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
AMS, one page, 6.5 x 8, August 18, 1856. On the subject of envy, Tyler quotes from Shakespeare and delves back to Ancient Greece. In full: "There was wisdom and profound philosophy in the saying which Shakespeare in his Henry VIII puts into the mouth of Cardinal Wolsey in his last words to Cromwell, ‘Still in your right hand carry gentle peace, to silence envious tongues.’ It has been from the first, the fate of merit to excite envy. So was it in the primitive days, when Cain envied his brother Abel for his greater acceptability in the eyes of the creator, and so it will continue to be ‘to the last syllable of recorded time.’ The envious are never more gratified, than in exciting anger and bitter controversy. It is the food on which they live—deprive them of it, and they perish for the want of necessary aliment. If one has liv’d worthily, he may well content himself to let the envious find their own graves as they assuredly will if not swollen into the consequences by injudicious retort. History furnishes innumerable examples of this amongst the most remarkable of which is that of the distinguished Athenian who was followed to his lodgings by one who heap’d upon him all manner of abuse. Upon reaching his door, he calmly directed his torch-bearers to accompany the man safely to his own home; thus giving a reproof incalculably greater than blows would have inflicted, causing all Athens to applaud him for his forbearance and moderation. The shell in which Aristides wrote his own name for ostracism constitutes the most enduring monument to his memory." Professionally inlaid into a slightly larger sheet and in fine condition.