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Lot #97
Frances Cleveland

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Group lot of eight ALSs from Frances Cleveland, each signed "Frances F. Cleveland," totaling 29 pages, dated between 1891 and 1899, with one as first lady. Each addressed to the wife of A. A. Wilson, a U.S. Marshal under President Cleveland. The content of the letters concern pleasantries, birthday wishes, raising children, and other quotidian events. Samples are as follows: October 8, 1892: "What a world of joy these babies bring! I don't know how I ever lived without Ruth. I know Mary feels the same about her little Albert Wilson…She took her first steps alone two days after her birthday"; July 25, 1893: "I had a happy birthday—& one of the best things of all—the best in fact—was seeing my husband getting rested & strong again. He was very tired & no wonder"; and December 28, 1899: "I appreciate all you feel about the war. Only I think it's wrong, because we've no right to kill those poor creatures any more than to let them kill our splendid soldiers. But talking doesn't help much." In overall fine condition, with return address fields excised from three of the letters, affecting two instances of handwriting. Accompanied by seven of the original mailing envelopes, each addressed by Cleveland.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autographs and Artifacts
  • Dates: #576 - Ended February 05, 2020