DescriptionSecretary of State John Hay Typed Letter Signed, just over one page, 5" x 7.5", Washington, D.C., July 11, 1902, to Robert Johnson of Century Magazine, New York. The letter reads: "That Garibaldi legend has more lives than a cat...There is possibly a shadow of foundation for the story. Of course, Lincoln never offered Garibaldi the command of the Union army. That is not only untrue but impossible; but it is altogether likely that when Mr. Sanford visited Garibaldi early in the war, he did suggest to him his appointment in some capacity in the Union army, which Garibaldi had sense enough to decline..." Marginal collector's notes in pencil and smoothed horizontal fold, else fine condition.
John Hay (1838-1905) was certainly in a position to know the truth behind the Garibaldi rumor. As a young man, Hay was a live-in personal secretary to Abraham Lincoln and was privy to the inner workings of the Federal Government. One can't help but wonder how the great Italian revolutionary would have performed had he led the Union Army. This could be the stuff of an 'alternate history' novel. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.
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