Rutherford B. Hayes Autograph Letter Signed "R. B. Hayes", one page, 5" x 8", Spiegel Grove, August 17, 1884. Hayes was a Civil War hero and later was elected Congressman and Governor of Ohio. As president, he ended Reconstruction, reformed the civil service, and supported hard money policies. After his first term, he renounced a second. This letter is to General Manning F. Force, a fellow Civil War soldier from Ohio regarding some personal news: "We miss you and yours. We shall share your sorrow. We counted on a great deal of happiness during your visit. Our place was never in so good condition. But alas! The change in your Father's family is appalling [sic]. If anything occurs to change plans we shall be at home all of this month, and in September after the 10th. The first ten days of Sept. we go to the reunion of the Army of West Va. at Cumberland. Our friendliest regards to Mrs. Force. Sincerely, R. B. Hayes." The letter is written on the back of a very interesting printed pamphlet by the Trustees of the John F. Slater Fund, whose purpose was to uplift "the lately emancipated population of the Southern States and their posterity, by conferring on them the blessings of Christian education". Hayes was the president of this fund, and other trustees included Supreme Court Justice Morrison Waite, noted Boston minister Phillips Brooks, and Daniel Gilman, the first president of Johns Hopkins. Original envelope included.

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