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Lucretia Garfield, Autograph Letter, Signed


Lucretia Garfield writes and signs a note, on mourning stationery. Mrs. Garfield mourned her husband for the rest of her life; she was referred to as “The Lady in Black” in her adopted home of South Pasadena, where she passed away in 1918.

Mrs. Garfield opens with “My dear ? Tuttle” she thanks Tuttle for a newspaper report of the WCTU Boston Convention, then thanking him for inquiring about their son, and thanks the writer also for a book written several years ago by Tuttle’s mother.

Interestingly, Mrs. Garfield ignored calls for continuing the temperance at the White House during her tenure. It was her thought that banning booze would cause other countries to see America and her husband as provincial.

Glue and paper remnant of blank leaf on verso; otherwise very good++ with no folds (save the expected one where the note sheet opens) or other flaws.

Garfield, Lucretia. Autograph Letter, signed; on mourning-bordered note sheet.