18th President. Autograph letter signed (ALS) “U.S. Grant”, one page both sides, 5.25×8, October 20, 1880, sent from New York City. Sent to Republican Governor Natt Head (1828-1883) of New Hampshire, declining an invitation to visit Concord, citing speaking engagements during the final weeks of the 1880 Presidential campaign, in full:
You may possibly have seen from the papers that I do not visit Vermont as expected; at least for the present. This will prevent my accepting your kind invitation to visit Concord. At the earnest invitation of our friends here I have committed to visit some of the cities in the interior of this state, when political meetings are to be held next week. If I can do any good for the cause I want to do it, though I do not appreciate my services in a political way as some of my friends seem to.
Having unsuccessfully sought the nomination for what would have been an unprecedented third presidential term, Grant was stumping instead for Republican candidate James A. Garfield. (The day after this letter is dated, Grant presided over Republican rallies at Stamford, Connecticut and Union City, New Jersey.) Grant’s efforts are considered to have been crucial, as Garfield narrowly won New York and ultimately the general election. In turn, Garfield solicited Grant’s advice on cabinet members and policy issues upon taking office.
Splitting at folds, some bleeding to ink of signature. With original envelope.