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INV-25780 JOHN C. DODGE Autograph Letter Signed, to Samuel Johnson, July 16, 1845, Chicago, Illinois. 2 pp., 7¾ x 9¾ in. 1845-07-16

I was reading some of Mr [Theodore] Parker’s writings by the bye the other day, and was very much struck with their earnestness. I was surprised too to find how much of the pure ore is contained in them…

A few years, and these new States will be granaries for those on the Sea board…. I had occasion a short time since to go to Geneva [Ill.]… and the whole country was like a garden... with your love for natural beauty, you would enjoy such a sight right well.

John Dodge writes to his first cousin Samuel Johnson, attending Harvard Divinity School, about family genealogy and goes on to discuss the remarkable growth of Chicago. Dodge served as the first secretary of the Chicago board of trade from 1849 to 1853, and in the 1850s directed the land department of the Illinois Central Railroad. Johnson, the recipient, eventually wrote three books on comparative religion that treated Eastern religions as equal with Christianity. His lecture on Theodore Parker was published posthumously as a book in 1890.

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