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Chapter 9: from office to office.

  • Leaves West's
  • -- works on the “evening Post” -- story of Mr. Leggett— “ Commercial advertiser” — “spirit of the Times” -- specimen of his writing at this period -- naturally fond of the drama -- Timothy Wiggins -- works for Mr. Redfield -- the first lift.


Horace Greeley was a journeyman printer in this city for fourteen months. Those months need not detain us long from the more eventful periods of his life.

He worked for Mr. West in Chatham street till about the first of November (1831). Then the business of that office fell off, and he was again a seeker for employment. He obtained a place in the office of the “Evening Post,” whence, it is said, he was soon dismissed by the late Mr. Leggett, on the ground of his sorry appearance. The story current among printers is this: Mr. Leggett came into the printing-office for the purpose of speaking to the man whose place Horace Greeley had taken.

‘Where's Jones?’ asked Mr. Leggett.

‘He's gone away,’ replied one of the men.

‘Who has taken his place, then?’ said the irritable editor.

‘There's the man,’ said some one, pointing to Horace, who was “bobbing” at the case in his peculiar way.

Mr. Leggett looked at “the man,” and said to the foreman, ‘For God's sake discharge him, and let's have decent-looking men in the office, at least.’

Horace was accordingly—so goes the story—discharged at the end of the week.

He worked, also, for a few days upon the “ Commercial Advertiser,” as a “sub,” probably. Then, for two weeks and a half, upon a little paper called “The Amulet,” a weekly journal of literature and art. The “ Amulet” was discontinued, and our hero had to wait ten years for his wages.

His next step can be given in his own words. The following is

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