22nd and 24th President. Autograph letter signed (ALS) “Grover Cleveland” as Governor of New York, March 21, 1883, “State of New York / Executive Chamber, Albany” stationery, 5.75×9, to Chairman Marshal H. Bright, in full:
I have to-day received your invitation to attend the celebration of the anniversary of the birth of Washington Irving. I am sorry to be obliged to deny myself that pleasure, on account of official duties.
If a pure life, and the placid calm of its later time, are of benefit to the world, and if he who writes to instruct and elevate, while he diverts, is entitled to grateful remembrance, we do well to celebrate the birth of our beloved Countryman.
I hope the observance of this anniversary, will long continue to remind all who read, of one who, though dead, should always live in their love and admiration.
In fine condition.