Lot 43: ALS signed "J. A. Garfield," one page, 5 x 8, Mentor, Ohio, letterhead, October 30, 1880. Letter to the former Union cavalry general and governor of the Colorado Territory Edward M. McCook. In part: "Yours of the 24th inst, came duly to hand. I also received your cable-gram soon after the Oct. election. In the great pressure of work upon me I have only time to acknowledge the receipt of your letter and thank you for its kindness." Removably encapsulated in a mylar sleeve. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and trivial mirroring of ink. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA. This dates to just three days before the 1880 presidential election, in which Garfield defeated Winfield Scott Hancock in a decisive electoral vote victory, but only a slim margin in the popular vote. In addition to the pressure of his presidential campaign, Garfield must be referring to the Ohio election for the House of Representatives, which was held early on October 12 and resulted in a Republican majority.
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