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Author William Henry Peck’s typewriter testimonial (1875)

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William Henry Peck was a southern author who wrote some 75 books, launching his career sometime in the 1860s. He attributed his prodigious output to the typewriter, claiming he could type between 90 to 100 words per minute. That is particularly fast, though reasonably possible. In his testimonial, he noted that he would not part with his machine, a Remington Standard No. 1, for even $1,000.

New York Daily Herald, December 13, 1875 –

Here is an excerpt from The M’Donalds (1867), which presents the typical southern view of the Civil War:

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