For my research on the public feud between Emma Willard and Marcius Willson in 1845-1848, I am trying to date Willson’s letter to a New York newspaper attacking Willard’s history textbook. I am hoping that someone on this network might have access to the newspaper or direct me to a repository that does.
The letter, “Willard’s History of the United States -- inaccurate or perverted!” was published in the Sunday Dispatch some time in 1847. I encountered a clipping of it in the Emma Hard Willard Papers microfilm edition carefully curated by Anne Firor Scott. The entry simply indicates that it is undated and the clipping image does not include a date. I am estimating that it was published between April and October 1847, when the authors’ pamphlet war reached its climax. My university’s interlibrary loan staff has been unable to locate the newspaper or a “repository willing to loan” it, and searches of newspaper databases have not turned it up. I am pretty certain that this was a New York paper — the authors and their publishers focused their public pronouncements on that vital educational market.
I’d be grateful for any clues that members can offer concerning this item.
Peter Knupfer, Michigan State University, email@example.com