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    Grover Cleveland Autograph Letter Signed "Grover Cleveland." Three pages, 5.5" x 9" (sight), Lakewood, New Jersey; January 3, 1892. Addressed to Hon. William L. Wilson, member of the House of Representatives from West Virginia, the letter discusses tariff reform. It reads, in full:

    "I enclose you a letter I received some time ago from a citizen of your state. It is like a great many sent to me. I should like to write to these inquirers something satisfactory but I don't know how. I wish there was a plain, simple statement presenting our side of the tariff question which could be distributed for the people's perusal 'during the long winter months.' I have talked a good deal about it but my ideas on the subject do not seem to take hold. There is a lot of sense in the letter I enclose. Ten thousand dollars raised and spent now in preparing and circulating just the right sort of matter, would accomplish more I believe than ten or twenty times that amount thrown out during a heated canvass. If the tariff reform issue is to be pressed at all during the next campaign aut [sic] not the National committee or some other committee see to the preparations of something which will further instruct the people? I want to tell you that a great many of your good friends (and they are legion) are very glad you are on the Ways and Means Committee and expect that you will be able to do much both as a member of that committee and by your influence in the House, to protect our party against the danger of a large majority." The letter is matted and framed along with the original transmittal cover and a lithograph of Cleveland to the overall size of 29" x 27".

    Written while Cleveland was living as a private citizen, having lost the election of 1888 to Benjamin Harrison. However, he strongly opposed Harrison's administration passing the Tariff Act of 1890 as well as the Sherman Silver Purchase Act. Cleveland believed that both Acts were detrimental to the country's financial stability, and in February 1891 he spoke out against the Free Silver movement with his "Silver Letter". This once again threw Cleveland into the national and political spotlight as a contender for the 1892 presidential nomination.

    Condition: Flattened mail folds, with light toning and minor soiling. Bold signature. Usual wear and soiling to the envelope.


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