Lot 45: ALS, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 6.5, November 30, 1879. Letter to "Mrs. Hagen." In part: "Mrs. Grant wants me to answer your letter and apologize for not having attended to it sooner…Our stay in Cincinnati will be but for a single day. Mrs. Grant says that if the programme arranged by the Citizens does not embrace her she will accept with pleasure the invitation of Mrs. McLean. She is not well however and would like to spend within the afternoon, or the evening, quietly as her Dr says she must not fatigue herself. She will have to go to the hotel for the night as we will probably leave Cincinnati early Friday morning. I am glad to hear that your Ma has held out in her Republican faith so well. After our experience of over two-and-a-half years I have no doubt but that the conversion is sincere." In fine condition, with intersecting folds and a few creases (one passing through the last letter of the signature). After leaving the presidency, Grant went on a world tour that included stops throughout Europe, North Africa, and Asia, and he had returned to a warm welcome in September 1879. His renewed popularity spurred Republican powerbrokers to consider him as a candidate for the presidential nomination and he was favored at the Republican National Convention before Garfield emerged as the dark horse winner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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