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Benjamin Harrison

“YOUR VOTE WILL BE HISTORICAL”: HARRISON heartily congratulates his former VP, LEVI P. MORTON, on his election to the New York governor’s seat

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“YOUR VOTE WILL BE HISTORICAL”: HARRISON heartily congratulates his former VP, LEVI P. MORTON, on his election to the New York governor’s seat

Excellent LS signed “Benjn. Harrison,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.75 x 7.75, personal mourning letterhead, November 7, 1894. Harrison writes to Levi P. Morton (1824–1920), who served as Harrison’s vice president from 1889 to 1893. In part: “After the news from New York had given us an assurance of your victory … I made up my mind to send you this personal letter, telling you … that I do very sincerely rejoice, not only for public but for personal reasons, in your great success. Your campaign and your vote will be historical—a landmark—the high and perhaps inapproachable aim of future candidates and committees. How language does fail us to express our thoughts about the election results of yesterday!… The ‘cyclone,’ the ‘land-slide,’ the ‘earthquake,’ and ‘Waterloo’ are not ‘in it’—as the boys say. I am sure you will be gratified at the result in our state, which … I regard as among the best. We had no fight among the Democratic leaders in this state, no third ticket, no Tammany; but we have … carried the state by from forty to fifty thousand, and … secured a majority in both branches of the Legislature which will enable us to deal with the Democratic Gerrymander…. Mrs. Morton … will make the Executive Mansion at Albany a centre of cordial and refined social intercourse such as it has not been for many a year. Mrs. McKee [his daughter, Mary Harrison McKee] joins me in all this….” Accompanied by an undated ALS (evidently an unsent draft) signed “L. P. Morton,” in which Morton thanks Harrison for his letter and seeks permission to publish it. A touch of subtle soiling and handling wear, otherwise fine condition. Auction LOA John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #343 - Ended March 11, 2009