Benjamin Harrison 1892 Letter Signed as President

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23rd President.

Two-page letter signed “Benj. Harrison” AS PRESIDENT, Washington, February 24, 1892, 1st and third sheets of four-page Executive Mansion stationery, to Cornelius Bliss, marked “Private” in Harrison’s hand, in full:

I have your letter of the 20th, suggesting the appointment of Mr. T. Jefferson Coolidge as minister to France if a vacancy should occur. It seems to be understood that Mr. Reid will probably not return after his expected visit to the United States; but he had not yet resigned and, of course, no definite action can be taken until he does. I have a very high appreciation of Mr. Coolidge as a gentleman of culture and ability and have already talked with Mr. Blaine upon the subject of his appointment. We cannot take immediate action as to an appointment in this ease; but I receive your suggestion with a good deal of favor.

If there is any way in which I can promote harmony in our party in New York you know my readiness to act and I hope will freely make any suggestions that occur to you.

Thomas Jefferson Coolidge was the great-grandson of Thomas Jefferson.

Cornelius N. Bliss was a member of McKinley’s Cabinet, serving as Secretary of the Interior.