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    Benjamin Harrison Letter Signed. Two pages (of a bifolium) on his personal imprinted letterhead with mourning borders, 5" x 8", Cape May Point, New Jersey; August 3, 1893. A letter, in a secretarial hand, signed by Harrison to Joseph P. Smith, New York City, concerning a collection of autographs Smith is offering for sale: "...The list of autograph letters which you enclose very much attracts my interest; and I should like to possess them, if they are all genuine... I have enclosed your letter, with the list, to my... and have asked him to confer with you about them. If too many persons go to see the letters perhaps the old Jew will be putting up his prices; but I would like some one who can authenticate the papers to see them... Benj. Harrison."

    Former president Harrison, vacationing in his summer residence in Cape May Point, New Jersey, was still recovering from his wife's death in October 1892 and still following custom of using mourning stationery. His wife Caroline Harrison died of tuberculosis during the 1892 presidential election, in which Democrat Grover Cleveland defeated the Republican Harrison.

    In the letter offered here, Harrison responds to Joseph P. Smith, who is offering a collection of autographs for sale. Harrison referred Smith to his son, Russell Harrison. In referring Smith to his son, Harrison, who was known to be a friend and supporter of Jews, made an anti-Semitic remark. Ex. R. Douglas Stuart.

    Condition: The letter has a horizontal fold in the middle but otherwise is in fine condition.

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    Harrison's son, Russell Benjamin Harrison(1854-1936), also known asRussell Lord Harrison, was a businessperson, lawyer, diplomat, and politician. He became estranged from his father following the latter's remarriage to a much younger woman, Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, Russell Harrison's first cousin, but inherited a large part of his father's estate when the former president died in 1901.

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