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    Benjamin Harrison Typed Letters Signed.
    1) One page letter, 10.5" x 8", on Harrison's personal stationary, Indianapolis, Indiana, to Frederick H. Farrington, September 3, 1898. 2) One page letter, 10" x 8", on Harrison's personal stationary, Indianapolis, to Farrington, September 9, 1898. 3) One page letter, 10.5" x 8", on Harrison's personal stationary, Indianapolis, to Farrington, November 21, 1898. The three letters concern a team of horses the former president wishes to purchase from Farrington in Brandon, Vermont, a well-known horse breeder of the period, and his frustrations over delays in the transaction.

    "My dear Sir:
    Senator Proctor informs me that he has spoken to you with a view to using your services in trying to find a good team of Vermont horses for me. I do not want heavy horses for landau use, nor do I want too light a pair - a medium size and weight, adapted to driving either in a buggy or in a brougham , or medium carriage. I would like them to be well mated, especially in style and gait, and to be thoroughly well broken, especially to town use, so that street-cars and steam cars would not make them unmanageable. As to speed I would want just a good road gait, but would not object of course to something a little better. I would prefer bays, but do not stand upon that; blacks will do very well. As to price, I would not object to paying $300 or even $400 if the age and style and work of the team justify it....
    Very truly yours,
    Benjamin Harrison
    "

    Farrington's response to Harrison's request was not well received by the former president, as noted in his September 9 letter to the horse breeder, but he appeared to place the confusion on the mail.

    "My dear Sir:
    The team you describe in your first letter in not such a one as I want. The price is too large and the horses are too large. I think from my letter which was received after your first was written you will understand about what I want. Senator Proctor told me that I might rely upon you...."
    Very truly yours,
    Benjamin Harrison
    "

    By the end of November, Harrison showed his frustration with Farrington's apparent inability to meet his expectations and his wants. In his November 21, 1898 letter, Harrison expressed his displeasure.

    "When I sent you the check I had made up my mind to be done with the attempt to get a pair of horses in Vermont, as it seemed to involve so much delay, and so much that was unsatisfactory. I have described to you pretty fully what sort of team I want....I solicited Senator Proctor's aid to get me a pair of horses in Vermont because I have a high opinion of the Morgan stock as roadsters. From what he said to me of you I felt I could trust your judgment and your integrity in the matter, and I must confide almost wholly in you to make the selection....

    Now I have concluded to say again to you, that if you can, right away, get me such a pair of horses for about the price mentioned...I authorize you to buy them and to arrange to have them shipped to me....Please dispose of this matter with some promptness, as, if I do not get a team from Vermont, I must look about here.
    Very truly yours,
    Benjamin Harrison
    "

    At the time of these letters, Former President Benjamin Harrison was in retirement in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has served as president of the United States from March 4, 1889 to March 4, 1893.

    Frederick H. Farrington was born, raised, and resided in Brandon, Vermont fir his entire life. He practiced farming, horse and sheep breeding, and banking. A staunch Republican, Farrington served in in both houses of the Vermont State Legislature. He served as secretary to the Vermont Horse Breeders Association, considered the largest and most successful organization of its kind.


    Condition: Folded, with light foxing and age toning. Some minor seam separation. Overall very good.


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