Grover Cleveland 1891 Autograph Letter Signed


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22nd and 24th President.  Autograph letter signed (ALS) “Grover Cleveland” written between Presidential terms, “Bangs Stetson Tracy & MacVeagh / Attorneys and Counsellors At Law / 45 William Street New York” stationery, February 25, 1891, to Edward R. Bacon, in full:

I am fastened here until two o’clock at least and therefore can not accept your invitation.  I thank you and hope you are well.

Vertical creasing with edge bites at top and bottom.

Edward Bacon was a Buffalo, New York, attorney who formed a friendship with Grover Cleveland before either rose to fame and fortune. Cleveland became governor of New York and then President of the United States, while Bacon went on to become a railroad tycoon who partnered in American business deals with J. Pierpont Morgan. Bacon was also a noted collector of European art, and lived with his brother and sister-in-law Virginia Bacon, one of the first important women art dealers in America. The website devoted to “Prominent American Art Collectors” states of Bacon: “He traveled often to Europe, which is where he purchased many of the works that made up his extensive art collection.” His collection included works by notable artists like Rubens, Tintoretto, Canaletto, Joshua Reynolds, Franz Hals, and Jan Steen.