Cleveland, Ohio: Feb. 27, 82. Manuscript letter, 4 pp., approx. 360 words, signed by Lucretia Garfield. Old fold lines, some browning at folds, but a very good example. Mrs. Blaine's husband James G. Blaine was Garfield's Secretary of State, and was with the President at the railroad station in Washington, D.C. when Charles Guiteau shot him.
Lucretia writes that Mr. Blaine's "advance sheets of his address reached [her] yesterday morning. Thronging emotions and memories made my heart stand still. It was the anniversary of the last day the Gen'l passed in our Mentor [Ohio] home...." President Garfield took office in March 1881, was shot in July, and died in September. Lucretia laments how much has changed in one year: "hopes, ambitions, aspirations, pure & high, and almost assured, all swept away! - nothing left but tears...." She thanks Mr. Blaine for his wonderful words and his tribute to her husband's life and character. A beautiful, poignant letter. Item #61972