Exceptionally Rare James Garfield Letter Signed as President A very scarce letter signed, "James A. Garfield" as President, two pages, 10.5" x 14.1", Washington, May 27, 1881. Only six weeks before he would be shot by disgruntled office seeker Charles Guiteau, Garfield addresses a formal letter to the President of the Republic of Peru. He writes in full, "Great and Good Friend: I have made choice of Mr. Stephen A. Hurlbut, one of our distinguished citizens to reside near the Government of your Excellency in the quality of Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America. He is well appraised of the friendship which as has so long distinguished the intercourse of the two governments, and of the desire we entertain to render that friendship perpetual. From a knowledge of his ability and integrity, I feel sure that he will render himself acceptable to Your Excellency and will conduct the business of the Legation in a manner to advance the prosperity of both countries. I request Your Excellency therefore to give full faith to what he shall say on the part of the United States and to his assurances of our sincere friendship for Peru. May God have Your Excellency in His wise keeping..." Countersigned by the newly confirmed and controversial Secretary of State James G. Blaine. Stephen A. Hurlbut was a noted Union General who served at Shiloh and Vicksburg. After the war he became a Republican leader well known for both his corruption and public drunkenness! He died in 1882 in Lima while serving in this very office. Very lightly toned at margin otherwise very bright and clean. Tastefully matted with a portrait of Garfield. From the collection of Bradley O'Leary. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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