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HOFFER, ERIC (1902-83)

# 6743A

American Social Writer & Philosopher

Autograph Letter Signed, to Neil Yetwin, with exceptional content.

February 4, 1979

Dear Mr. Yetwin:

Many thanks for your letter. Unfortunately my failing eyesight prevents me from reading the faded print of your article. I shall have someone read it to me later.

There is a danger of an Anti-Semitic explosion in this country. There is no telling when it will come. The Negro vote can easily become anti-Jewish. Arab money can work mischief. If America’s present decline lands us into a real mess, many politicians will be tempted to blame the Jews for all our ills. Add the fact that over half of the adversary intellectuals who villify [sic] this country at every opportunity are Jewish and you can see that the present situation in America is not totally different from what things were in WeimarGermany in the late 1920s. The chief difference is that the Jews now have a place of refuge – Israel.

Warm regards,
Eric Hoffer


MYERS, ABRAHAM C. (1833-89)

# 6915

Confederate Colonel & Quartermaster General; When Established in 1850, Ft. Myers, Florida was Named in His Honor

A South Carolina native and West Point graduate, Myers was twice brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War, also seeing action in the Florida Seminole Wars; the new post of Ft. Myers, Florida was named in his honor by his father-in-law, General David E. Twiggs, when it was permanently established in 1850. Myers was appointed quartermaster general of the Confederacy in early 1861. As the highest ranking Jewish Confederate officer of the war, he served in that capacity until replaced by Jefferson Davis in mid-1863, and saw no Confederate service thereafter. After the war, Myers became a tobacco merchant in Georgia.

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”. As Assistant Quartermaster in the U.S. Army, Myers sends information concerning the shipment of clothing to “Lieut[enant] D.B. Forsythe, Recruiting Service, Chicago,” the notation “Received Chicago, Illinois, June 12th 1857,” also in a clerical hand, confirming its arrival.

“Ass[istan]t Q[ua]r[ter]m[aster]s Office, New York, June 9th 1857. Sir, I have forwarded to your address by The New York and Erie Rail Road the packages of Clothing described in the enclosed Invoice and Bill [of] Lading and will thank you to advice me of their receipt. I am Sir Very Respectfully Your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, A.C. Myers…

The letter has light wear and scattered foxing, along with a few small edge tears; there are four small holes, from past binding, in the left margin.