President Garfield writes of his ailing wife less than four weeks before his assassination

    James Garfield Letter Signed "J. A. Garfield" as president. One and one-half pages, 5.5" x 9", Washington, June 7 1881, on "Executive Mansion" letterhead. Only twenty-five days before being shot by assassin Charles Guiteau, President Garfield signs this letter concerning his ailing wife, Lucretia, to Senator George F. Edmunds of Burlington, Vermont. In part:

    "Accept my thanks for your congratulations on the recovery of Mrs. Garfield. This is her thirty-fourth day in bed. She is just able, for the first time, to sit up for half an hour. Her appetite has returned and I think her recovery is now certain.

    About ten days ago I appointed young Lyman as a Cadet to West Point."

    Lucretia would recover and live another thirty-seven years, but the president did not survive the wounds received from Guiteau as he walked through a Washington railway station on July 2. James Garfield died on September 19. The late signature of President Garfield is large and clear.

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