Document signed (DS) “James A. Garfield“ AS PRESIDENT. One partially printed page of an 8×10 bifolium, blue paper, Washington, June 10, 1881. It reads, in full:
I hereby authorize and direct the Secretary of State to cause the Seal of the United States to be affixed to the envelope of my letter in reply to a letter of H.M. the King of the Belgians, announcing the marriage of the Princess Stephanie to Prince Rudolphe of Austria- dated this day, and signed by me; and for so doing this shall be his warrant
Leopold II of Belgium, the country’s second King, reigned from 1865 to 1909. His sixteen year-old daughter, Princess Stéphanie of Belgium, became Crown Princess of Austria when she married the Habsburg heir-apparent, Archduke Rudolf, just a month before the date of this document. The marriage ended in 1889 when Rudolf and his mistress were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide pact.
Exceedingly RARE Garfield Presidential autograph.
In very good condition, two horizontal folds.