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    Charles Guiteau: Important Newly-Discovered Manuscript Pages for Guiteau's 1882 Book, Written from Jail, Justifying his Shooting of Garfield. Original manuscript draft pages 1 "Title page" though 5 of his 1882 book, The Truth and the Removal, written while awaiting his execution for the murder of President James A. Garfield. Also included is a lengthy 4 page letter from an admirer, Clara Augusta Davis. Some marginal tears and losses, some text faded, light toning and soiling, some scattered glue remnants, else good condition.

    On one pair of bifolia, Guiteau sets up the basic layout for the title and copyright pages. "The Truth, / and The Removal / By Charles Guiteau / Published and sold only by the author / Washington DC / 1882," and advising the printer (vertically in the left margin) to "Make a sheet of each page and cut out any leaves that interpose C G." On the opposite side, he added: "Copyright 1882 By Charles Guiteau" followed by pages 3 (reading simply "Part I") and page 5 (all three pages are glued together in the upper left corners) where he writes "The Truth / A Companion to the Bible," adding a note "To the printer" to "(Copy preface on the next page and then the entire book, The Truth)," referring to his 1879 volume.

    Following James A. Garfield's death on September 19, 1881, Charles Guiteau, who had already been imprisoned and charged with attempted murder was now charged with murder and went on trial on November 14, 1881. The trial concluded January 30, 1882, and on February 4, the court sentenced Guiteau to hang on June 30. While awaiting his execution, Guiteau composed a sequel to his 1879 religious tract, The Truth, a Companion to the Bible, entitled The Removal (the term he employed to describe his assassination of President Garfield). The condemned prisoner employed Gibson Brothers of Washington to print the book as The Truth and The Removal.

    Extremely Rare. 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, sold at auction at a New York firm in 2002.

    Obtained from the family of printer William Gibson, whose firm printed the book in 1882.


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