frank and earnest cordiality, that our hero's scruples were at length removed, and he came home elate, and resolved to battle another year with delinquent subscribers and a depreciated currency.
During the early years of the New Yorker, Mr. Greeley
had little regular assistance in editing the paper.
In 1839, Mr. Park Benjamin
contributed much to the interest of its columns by his lively and humorous critiques; but his connection with the paper was not of long duration.
It was long enough, however, to make him acquainted with the character of his associate.
On retiring, in October, 1839, he wrote: ‘Grateful to my feelings has been my intercourse with the readers of the New Yorker and with its principal editor and proprietor.
By the former I hope my humble efforts will not be unremembered; by the latter I am happy to believe that the sincere friendship which I entertain for him is reciprocated.
I still insist upon my editorial right so far as to say in opposition to any veto which my coadjutor may interpose, that I cannot leave the association which has been so agreeable to me without paying to sterling worth, unbending integrity, high moral principle and ready kindness, their just due. These qualities exist in the character of the man with whom now I part; and by all, to whom such qualities appear admirable, must such a character be esteemed.
His talents, his industry, require no commendation from me; the readers of this journal know them too well; the public is sufficiently aware of the manner in which they have been exerted.
What I have said has flowed from my heart, tributary rather to its own emotions than to the subject which has called them forth; his plain good name is his best eulogy.’
A few months later, Mr. Henry J. Raymond
, a recent graduate of Burlington College, Vermont, came to the city to seek his fortune.
He had written some creditable sketches for the New Yorker, over the signature of ‘Fantome,’ and on reaching the city called upon Horace Greeley
The result was that he entered the office as an assistant editor ‘till he could get something better,’ and it may encourage some young, hard-working, unrecognized, ill-paid journalist, to know that the editor of the New York Daily Times
began his editorial career upon a salary of eight dollars a week.
The said unrecognized, however, should further be informed, that Mr. Raymond
is the hardest and swiftest worker connected with the New York Press