James A. Garfield 1875 Autograph Letter Signed as Congressman


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20th President.  Three-page autograph letter signed “J.A. Garfield”, March 28, 1875, 5×8, “House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.” stationery, to “Wallace J. Ford & Family” (Ford served as Garfield’s personal secretary for many years), in part:

I left Hiram on Thursday morning – and reached here Friday.  Your welcome letter of the 25th came to hand yesterday – I congratulate you that the crisis is safely past and that you have a little ‘crete’ in your family…will add a new tie to the many already subsisting between our families.  I have written to my Cute, the good news & she will write to Mary herself.  When I left Hiram Friday morning, Mother Rudolph was apparently a little better & there was a faint hope that she might recover but the chances are so heavily against her, that I do not expect to see her again – I go tonight to Connecticut to speak one week up to the…Election.  I found the little ones & Mother doing nicely…Crete will remain at Hiram until the crisis of her mother’s fate is passed…

In very good condition, intersecting folds and light toning.

Lucretia Rudolph Garfield was the wife of James A. Garfield.  Her childhood nickname was “Crete” – which obviously carried over into her married life.  Apparently, her mother survived whatever illness that Garfield considered dire as death records record Arabella Mason Rudolph’s death as July 13, 1879 – she is buried in Hiram, Ohio.