CHARLES ANDERSON DANA HANDWRITTEN LETTER SIGNED, "C. A. Dana", 8 x 10, on "Office of the Tribune" elaborate letterhead, Feb 2, 1854, by the editor, in part: "...a good article of yours which leads...today...you are down on the books of the Tribune for two year subscription, paid. It was not my fault that it was not sent before. I gave the order...." In fine condition, with letter folds, age toning, minor edge chips.
Charles Anderson Dana (1819-97) was an American journalist, author, and senior government official. He was a top aide to Horace Greeley as the managing editor of the powerful Republican newspaper New York Tribune until 1862, which was strongly anti-slavery, and served as President Abraham Lincoln's Assistant Secretary of War (1863-65). From 1868 until 1897, he was part-owner and editor of the New York Sun.
When Dana left the Tribune in 1862, Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, immediately made him a special Investigating Agent of the War Department during the American Civil War. In this capacity, Dana discovered frauds committed by quartermasters and contractors. As the eyes of the administration, as Abraham Lincoln called him, Dana spent much time at the front, and sent to War Secretary Edwin Stanton frequent reports concerning the capacity and methods of various generals in the field.