Thedore Herzl Considers an American Lecture Tour

June 25, 1901

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Thedore Herzl Considers an American Lecture Tour
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      Writing to the lecture impresario responsible for bringing Henry Ward Beecher to England, Dr. Stanley to America, and taking Mark Twain around the world, Herzl says that he has received Pond’s proposals – for a tour of America – and will respond shortly. On the table, apparently, sat an offer of $30,000.00.

      Herzl’s answer would be “no.” “Explain to Major Pond” Herzl said to a colleague by way of reply, “that I cannot sell the thoughts of the Jewish people."


      Letter Signed (“Herzl”), in English, 1 page, octavo, Hotel Cecil, London, June 25, ’01. To Major James B. Pond.
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      HOTEL CECIL,
      STRAND. W.C.

      TELEPHONE No. 3617.
      TELEGRAMS: "CECELIA LONDON."

      June 25 01

      Dear Major Pond,

      I am in receipt of your letter for which I thank you. I will consider your proposals & shortly write you about them.
       
      Yours faithfully
       
      HERZL