Lot 41: Partly-printed DS as president, one page, 8 x 9.75, May 27, 1881. President Garfield directs the "Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to the envelope of my letter accrediting Stephen A. Hurlbut as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States to Peru." In fine condition, with expected document wear. Hurlbut served as a Union general during the Civil War, going on to be appointed as minister resident to Columbia from 1869 to 1872. After a brief stint in Congress, Garfield assigned him to Peru. This appointment dates to just five weeks before Garfield was shot by Charles Guiteau, an injury that proved fatal in September. As he was in office for a mere six months—and incapacitated for two—documents signed as president are very scarce.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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