Lot 39: Amazing AQS on the reverse of a 5.25 x 5.5 sheet of John Slater Fund stationery, crisply signed in ink with his exceedingly rare full name, "Rutherford Birchard Hayes," Spiegel Grove, Ohio, December 10, 1891. Hayes pens a thoughtful quote on the Civil War and its aftermath. In full: "To perpetuate the Union and to abolish slavery were the work of the war, to educate the uneducated is the appropriate work of peace." In fine condition, with uniform toning, brushing to a few letters of the quote, and trimmed edges. This quote comes from an address President Hayes gave before the Ohio Civil War soldiers' reunion in Columbus, Ohio, on August 11, 1880. Hayes served as a Union general during the war, and as president he withdrew Federal troops from South Carolina and Louisiana to end the era of Reconstruction. Hayes generally signed with just his initials and last name-even on official documents-and this exemplary piece boasts the only full Hayes signature we have ever offered.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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