DescriptionJohn Hay Three Typed Letters Signed "John Hay," as President William McKinley's Secretary of State, each one page, one measures 5" x 8", two measure 7.75" x 9.75". Department of State, Washington, December 5, 1899. Folds, else in fine condition. 1) To Charles Pitts Robinson, Esquire, sending "letters of introduction of which I spoke to you this morning, and remain, Very sincerely yours." 2) To U.S. Ambassador William F. Draper, Rome, a letter "introducing Mr. Charles Pitts Robinson of Rhode Island, an eminent lawyer of that State, who is visiting Italy for pleasure and recreation." 3) To the Diplomatic and Consular Officers of the United States "introducing Mr. Charles Pitts Robinson..." 4) The original diplomatic pouch, 8.25" x 3.5", containing the previous letter, soiled, with tear at upper left.
John Hay (1838-1905), secretary to President Abraham Lincoln from 1861-1865, was Secretary of State under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt (1898-1905). The day these letters were written, President McKinley delivered his State of the Union Address to Congress. After a tribute to Vice President Hobart who died on November 21, 1899, President McKinley began his address, "The Fifty-sixth Congress convenes in its first regular session with the country in a condition of unusual prosperity, of universal good will among the people at home, and in relations of peace and friendship with every government of the world." With Vice President Hobart's death, John Hay, as Secretary of State, became next in line to the presidency.
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