Lucretia Garfield Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, two sided, on black-edged mourning paper with her crest at top, 3.75" x 5.5", n.p. [Pasadena CA], March 22, 1911. Lucretia Garfield, wife of the twentieth president of the United States and first lady for a short seven months, outlived her husband by 36 years. Although she was not particularly interested in the first lady's social duties, she was deeply conscientious and her kind and generous hospitality made her dinners and twice-weekly receptions enjoyable. Following the assassination of her husband, Mrs. Garfield continued to honor his memory by using black-edged mourning paper for her correspondence.

    This brief letter reads, in part: "Good morning My Dear Miss Sabine. A dear word from you is the greeting that meets my eye this morning. . . . I hope you three are all very well this morning. I am so well that I hope to go over to Los Angeles this afternoon to hear Mr. Roosevelt speak!" Letter is very fine, with sharp, unchipped edges.

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