Lot 44: James A. Garfield Assassination

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-11-30 14:50:32

Lot 44: Collection of eleven items related to President Garfield and his assassination, with highlights including: an ink signature, "J. A. Garfield," on a slip clipped from a check; an ink signature, "Charles Guiteau," on an off-white slip affixed to a card also signed by his brother, "Written by my brother during his trial, John W. Guiteau, Boston, Mass"; a third-person ANS by First Lady Lucretia Garfield, November 13, 1889, in full: "Mrs. Garfield regrets that she no longer has autographs of General Garfield for distribution"; an ink signature, "James G. Blaine," on an off-white card. Other items include: a manuscript telegram to Secretary of State James G. Blaine dictated by John Hay, July 1, 1881, the day on which Charles Guiteau followed President Garfield to Blaine's house and pondered his assassination; a postcard by a citizen of New York, dated July 2, 1881, in part: "Pres. Garfield was shot this morning in Washington; his recovery is doubtful"; a letter by Garfield's personal secretary J. Stanley Brown on Executive Mansion letterhead, July 12, 1881, introducing a lady to his Secretary of the Navy William H. Hunt, who was waiting for Garfield to board the train when he was shot; a second letter by Brown on Executive Mansion letterhead, August 19, 1881, thanking his correspondent for a gift of the book The Life and Public Services of the President on behalf of the first lady; a letter by a Supreme Court clerk, one page, July 27, 1903, in part: "I cannot furnish you with a copy of the petition of Charles J. Guiteau for a writ of habeas corpus as theā€¦original was destroyed in a fire"; an otherwise unrelated mailing envelope postmarked on September 19, 1881, the day of Garfield's death; and a postcard depicting Franklyn Cottage, where Garfield passed away. In overall very good to fine condition. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 466 Wednesday, 9th December 2015 Estimate: $4000-5000
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