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1884 Ulysses S. Grant ALS
Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $1,175.00
Two-page handwritten letter, dated June 4, 1884, signed by Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), eighteenth President of the United States. Penned just thirteen months prior to his death, Grant responds to an invitation made by "A. G. Wright," who was the secretary of the 29th Massachusetts Regiment Association. Grant writes in full: "Dear Sir: I would gladly accept the invitation conveyed in your kind letter of the 29th of May to be present at the reunion of the 29th Regt. (Mass.) Association on the 17th inst. if I could. But I am still on crutches from injuries received from a fall in December last, and must expect to be for some time to come. Thanking the veterans of the 29th for their very kind invitation, and with many regrets that I cannot accept it, I am Very Truly Yours - U. S. Grant." Both the text and signature have been boldly scripted in black fountain pen and grade "9." The letterhead lists Grant's New York address: "3 East 66th Street." Grant was seven years removed from the Presidency at the time this letter was written. His final years were marked by both financial hardship and illness. In an effort to provide for his family he negotiated the sale of his memoirs to a publisher for $450,000. He died just days after completing the project. The Massachusetts 29th Regiment Infantry was organized at Newport News, Virginia, in December 1861, from the 1st Battalion Massachusetts Infantry and three new Companies ("F," "G," and "H"). The unit lost a total of 156 men during the war. The pages of the letter (4.5 x 6.75 inches) are mounted in a vertical manner and have been beautifully matted and framed together with a CDV of Grant (apparent Ex-Mt), a color illustration of Grant, and a descriptive plaque. In Excellent to Mint condition. Total dimensions: 21 x 21.5 inches. LOAs from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $1,175.00
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