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LUCRETIA GARFIELD(1832 - 1918) First Lady, wife of James A. Garfield, 20th President of the United States. Fine content A.L.S. on her monogrammed mourning letterhead, 3pp. 8vo., Cleveland, Nov. 22, 1881, two months after the death of her husband, to a lady in Boston. In part: "...I do not know of the Life of General Garfield you mention. There is really no Life yet written - that is more than a campaign document...the three I have in mind were written by President Hinsdale of Ohio...[it is] perhaps the most accurate but not so much embellished with anecdote as some others. I would be willing to give the General's signature to either of these, and I comply with your request by sending one [not present] although it is not as desirable for the purpose you want it...It has this value that is one of his last signatures. On the 1st of July he signed a number of checks to be filled out - which were never used, and this is one of them...". With holograph transmittal envelope, lightly toned.
Estimate $ 200-300

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