A Clement Hammond Miscellany
Clement Milton Hammond was the author of Then And Now: or, The Travels through Time of Miss Josephine D’aujourd’hui as Told by Herself, an anarchist utopian novel serialized in Benjamin R. Tucker’s Liberty, 1886-1885. The texts gathered include other works by and about Hammond.
Clement M. Hammond.
by Benjamin R. Tucker
One of Liberty’s earliest friends and contributors died the other day. Readers of the paper in the early eighties will remember the letters of Josephine,—a forecast of the future that ante-dated Bellamy and Morris. They were the work of my old newspaper associate, Clement M. Hammond. He was an exceptional character, who did not make the most of his abilities. Shortly after the appearance of the Josephine letters he said to me one day: “Tucker, I’m going to lie low for some years, and get rich. After that, I shall be able to devote myself to our ideas.” I replied: “It is not for me to measure your strength for you, but I remind you that very few men in this world are sufficiently strong to carry through such a design.” Nevertheless, he made the attempt. As a result, he earned a great deal of money, spent a great deal, ruined his health, and died penniless in the very flower of his manhood, having done for the cause that he loved nothing at all commensurate with his great powers. I cite the fact for the lesson there is in it, at the same time echoing most heartily the following tribute to his memory from the New York “Daily News:”
Clement Milton Hammond, who died in his native town, Marion, Mass., last week, was one of those brilliant minds who serve the world without the world knowing it, for their lights are hidden under the business bushel of newspaper anonymity.
As writer, “idea man,” and executive he had made enduring reputation among newspaper men. As consulting friend, he had probably solved as many personal and professional problems for his fellows as an American of forty years of age in this generation of trouble-bearers. Of seafaring Yankee stock, born in hardy old Cape Cod, his first successes were made on the Boston “Globe,” of which he was associate editor in the late eighties—the formative period of present-day journalism. Later, as managing director of the New York “Press,” he carried that newspaper through the trials of newspaper infancy, and afterward did valued work for the “Recorder,” the “World,” and the “Sun.” Original thought, terse expression, picturesque humor, and ready generosity were his gifts to a degree appreciated more by those who knew him than by himself.
Liberty, August, 1903, p. 5.
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