DescriptionCharles Guiteau: Additional original manuscript draft pages of Charles Guiteau's 1882 book. Autograph manuscript, being a deleted passage written completely in Guiteau's hand, 5" x 8", 1 page. Some marginal tears and losses, some text faded, light toning and soiling, some scattered glue remnants, else good condition.
The manuscript, berating George Scoville, one of Guiteau's court-appointed attorneys reads in full:
"Nearly every day I notice something in the papers from Scoville's cranked brain, and I will not have him around me any longer. I prohibit his writing any book about me or lecturing about me, or mixing with any affairs in any way. He crawled on to this case in October on the ground of being my brother in law & he has been a nuisance ever since. Without means, or charger, or experience he has assumed to manage the most important criminal case of the century, and of course he made a miserable failure of it."
Guiteau has crossed out the passage in three bold strokes. Needless to say, the published work still includes copious invective directed against his counsel.
Also featured is a lengthy letter from one of Guiteau's admirers, Clara Augusta Davis, of West Hoboken New Jersey, written just before and immediately after Guiteau was sentenced to death. Davis writes in part: "Poor soul, and so it is all over. But despair not. You shall yet be saved." Guiteau has crossed out portions of the letter and has written in "(the day after my conviction)".
Accompanied by a rare collection of 5 trading cards depicting Guiteau from "Childhood to Hell."
These are among the only pages of Guiteau's manuscript for The Removal known to be extant in private hands. Auction records reveal no other draft pages of the present, most important manuscript. Only Malcolm Forbes had a similar Guiteau item, sold at a major New York auction house in 2002 for $9,988. Obtained from the family of printer William Gibson, whose firm printed the book in 1882.
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