1911 Andrew Carnegie Signed Letter on “The New York Peace Society” Headed Official Stationary
ANDREW CARNEGIE (1835-1919). Steel Tycoon and Philanthropist, President of The New York Peace Society which was the first Peace Society to be established in the United States.
February 10, 1911-Dated, Typed Letter Signed, “Andrew Carnegie President”, New York, 1 page, 8.5” x 10.75”, Very Fine. Small chip at lower edge, loss of lower right corner not affecting text. Includes a 5” x 7” classic black and white photograph of Carnegie.
This Letter Typed on, “The New York Peace Society” Official Letterhead. It reads, in full: “February 10, 1911. --- Ex-President Charles W. Eliot, / Cambridge, Mass. Dear Dr. Eliot:- -- An international banquet in honor of the distinguished Hungarian statesman, Count Albert Apponyi, is to take place under the auspices of the New York Peace Society and The Civic Forum on Thursday evening, March 2, at Hotel Astor. The officers of these two societies unite in inviting you most cordially to be with us and speak on this occasion.
Count Apponyi, as you know, has been for forty years a member of the Hungarian Parliament, was formerly Minister of Education, is a Privy Councillor of the King and is one of the leaders in the movement for international arbitration. He comes to America to speak on this subject.
The banquet promises to be an event of exceptional significance and we shall be greatly pleased and shall regard it as a public service if you can give us the honor and pleasure of your acceptance of this invitation. - Yours very truly, - (Signed) Andrew Carnegie President”
Postscript. - On account of the extreme shortness of time it would be greatly appreciated if you would be so kind as to telegraph your reply to -- at 507 Fifth Avenue (of course at our expense), immediately on receipt of this note.” Handwritten at lower left; “Mr Sort / Secy Peace Society”.
The New York Peace Society was founded anew for the final time in 1906, in the context of the Philippine–American War, the rapid expansion of American influence and military usage abroad and the rise of the Anti-Imperialist League. It was organized by Oscar Straus and Charles Levermore with the support of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.
The New York Peace Society was involved in a "National Arbitration and Peace Conference" in 1907. During the First World War, the society helped to organize the League to Enforce Peace in opposition to American involvement.
In 1940, the society merged into the Quaker World Alliance for International Friendship through Religion.