Horace Greeley: Printer, Editor, Crusader

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CHAPTER VI
The Tribune -- Greeley's Pulpit

NEVER SO RESTLESS, never so keenly ambitious, was the Greeley of that winter of 1841. The New Yorker and the Log Cabin were bringing him some overdue subscription money, and he was still earning by his writings for other publications. It was the first winter since 1836 in which finances were not his serious anxieties. "I am beginning to feel quite snug and comfortable," he informed Weed. "I am now able to look bank cashiers full in the face."

Weed could not understand why the Log Cabin was still being published. In the letter dated January 27, previously quoted in part, Greeley answered his query: "I want to print it for one year for my own sake. I feel that my honor and character are pledged that the Whigs will act in power as they have talked when out of power -- that they will honestly reform abuses."

Actually he had something much more important in mind -- something which he did not care to reveal to Weed: he was planning to establish a daily newspaper! The origin of the Log Cabin stamped it as a party organ. It could have no opinions of its own! -- no purpose outside of politics. Of course, such a publication could not possibly be a steppingstone to fame such as young Seward prophesied for him. He must stand alone on that stone. Besides, it was not in Greeley's spirit to be a "me, too." Seward took a different attitude. After his election as governor he wrote to Weed on December 14, 1838: "The sweetness of his temper inclines me to love my tyrant. I had no idea that dictators are such amiable

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