DescriptionWilliam McKinley Manuscript Letter Signed "William McKinley" as President. One page of a bifolium, 5.25" x 9", Washington, October 3, 1898. On Executive Mansion stationery, a thank you letter to Col. Chas. Spring of Brigham, Massachusetts: "Thank you for the lobster-claws which lie on my desk and which you sent me for cigar-holders. With kind wishes for your health."
Col. Spring must have been a personal friend. President McKinley never smoked in public nor permitted himself to be photographed with a cigar, but, according to usher Ike Hoover who worked in the White House from 1891-1933, "McKinley had a passion for cigars and was perhaps the most intense smoker of all the presidents during my life. One never saw him without a cigar in his mouth except at meals or when asleep."
Condition: Slight mat burn, lightly soiled and stained, but with a large 4" full signature of McKinley.
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