This Massachusetts journalist founded and edited the influential anti-slavery "Springfield Republican" newspaper from 1844 until his death; he also wrote several popular travelogues such as "Across the Continent" (1865) and "The Switzerland of America" (1869). Item #44419
LS, 2pp, 5½" X 8½", Springfield, MA, 4 August 1875. Addressed to James C. Pratt (1832-90, fellow Massachusetts journalist and editor). Good plus. Age toned and edgeworn, with several small and expert archival mends. On letterhead of "The Republican," Bowles confirms that "Your recollection was nearly correct. My father died in the early fall of 1852, and was 54 years old" and seeks help in finding a roving reporter: "Can you help me to a good correspondent for Franklin county resident at Greenfield and devoting the full of his time to The Republican going east as far as Athol, and west... once or twice a week? I want a faithful, reliable, intelligent person, who will set down ought in malice, and has the sense to know what is news and report it very briefly. I should like him to have an office desk in Greenfield, and while not expecting to give all his time to us yet to be at our command. Either as an apprenticeship to journalism, or as connected with some other business requiring frequent going about the county and general outdoor acquaintance, it would be a good place for a young man of the right sort. I would give from $30 to $50 a month...." Boldly signed. Interesting look at one of the day-to-day concerns of running a newspaper at the time.