Only ten months before being shot and ultimately assassinated by Charles Guiteau in 1881, James Garfield, the Twentieth President of the United States penned the offered two-page letter to an associate in Ohio. Dated 8/28/1880 from Mentor, Ohio, (city and date is stamped) the correspondence details a speaking engagement at Geneva Lake (possibly Ohio or Wisconsin) and Garfield’s trepidation in attending the event. The nearly 4-3/4 x 7-3/4” letter is beautifully scripted in black ink and concludes with a “Very Truly Yours JA Garfield” endorsement. Encapsulated by PSA/DNA and given an autograph grade of Gem Mint 10, this 132 year-old investment grade document will assuredly garner interest from POTUS collectors and historians alike. Transcript of the letter is available on our website.
Mentor, Ohio, Aug 27 1880
My dear Carmon
Yours of the 27th just, received. Please say to Genl Nash for me that I hope he will do what he can to assist you in securing speakers for the meeting at Geneva Lake which I am sure will be a good place for a large gathering. I cannot promise to be present for besides my many engagements here, I think it would subject me to unpleasant criticism
With kindest regards to yourself and family
I am Very Truly Yours JA Garfield