Lot 16: James A. Garfield signed letter with Free Frank
10th October 2018
LS signed “J. A. Garfield,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, July 3, 1872. Letter to the Hon. J. P. Robison in Cleveland, in part: "I took a carriage and drove to the State Department and had an interview with the Ass't Sec'y of State in reference to additional appointments to the Vienna Exposition of 1873. He informed me confidentially that while the Sec'y would not at present make any further appointments than the one already made that it is his purpose next Winter, about the time Congress meets to make a few additional appointments, from different parts of the country. He suggested to me therefore that I put a letter on file asking for Garrettson's appointment and he thought the Sec'y would be able to oblige me in the matter. I therefore write you to suggest that you have a letter drawn up and signed by a half a dozen prominent citizens in Cleveland, setting forth Mr. Garrettson's abilities and requesting his appointment. Have that letter forwarded to me and I will write to the Sec;y of the Interior endorsing it and requesting the appointment. In this way I think the thing will be brought about." Includes the original mailing envelope, addressed in Garfield's hand and franked at the top, "Free, J. A. Garfield, MC." In very good to fine condition, with light ink offsetting, some toning to the signed side, and a crease and tear though the envelope's franking signature. Cleveland businessman Hiram Garretson would ultimately be appointed as the US commissioner-in-chief to the exposition, a world's fair hosted in Vienna, Austria, from May 1, 1873–November 1, 1873.
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