Declining an invitation to speak before a literary group, in an autograph note, signed 23 April 1887, from Northampton, Massachusetts, to Benson Sewell. 8vo. 1 page, approximately 75 words. In part: "If I held any sort of salaried position or had any other source of income than the product of each day's labor which whenever lost cannot be regained, I should be able to accept many kind honors and opportunities for usefulness which now I am compelled to decline." Cable moved north when his liberal views of race made life uncomfortable in the South. Folded, else very good.