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#223 - Charles Guiteau

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President Garfield’s assassin prepares to publish: "Future generations will see my work & character record from this book"
Description                           Estimate: $1,800+          

AMS, one-and-a-half pages on adjoining sheets (second page trimmed), 6.25 x 8, no date but circa 1882. Guiteau's draft of the "Conclusion" of his book The Truth and The Removal, signed in the heading: "Put this in to end the appendix…I want a proof at once. Charles Guiteau." In part: "My name will be remembered as the author of this book. Whatever this generation may think of me, future generations will see my work & character record from this book. It was sown in dishonor but the Almighty will see that it is reaped in glory. 'Ye are honorable, but I am despised,'—by fools and devils…Life is a flimsy dream & it matters little when one goes. Paradise is a great improvement on this sin cursed world & I shall be far better off there than here." In very good to fine condition, with light creasing and wrinkling.

Accompanied by a letter written by one of Guiteau's supporters, in which she writes that she "cannot believe that any sane man in our country could have desired to slay Garfield…The fact that there was in the great Republic one man only disposed to do the deed is, to my mind, the best evidence that the shooting was the act of an insane man." The letter has been annotated by Guiteau for the benefit of the printer, crossing out several sections and adding "No. 4, New York," at the top. From the family of printer William Gibson, whose firm printed the book in 1882.

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