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LUCRETIA GARFIELD
Shortly After President Garfield Was Shot, First Lady Garfield Writes About Her Hope That Alexander Graham Bell Can Locate The Bullet With A Metal Detector: "The Dear Man Gives Us Reason To Hope More Surely Than Ever Before For His Recovery"
LUCRETIA GARFIELD (1832-1918). Lucretia, the wife of President James A. Garfield, was First Lady from March 4, 1881 until her husband's death on Sept. 19, 1881 at the hands of assassin Charles Guiteau. ALS. 2pg. 4 ½" x 7". August 9, 1881. Washington. An autograph letter signed "Lucretia R. Garfield" as First Lady. She wrote to Mr. Bancroft: "Your kind note came at a time when there was a return of that anxiety which delayed all responses. Now the dear man gives us reason to hope more surely than ever before for his recovery, and I am very glad to say it to you, my dear friend. We can only pour out our whole heart in gratitude to you and to all the world for the sympathy and loving kindness shown us in this sore trial...". Garfield was shot by Guiteau on July 2, 1881. As he lay sick, inventor Alexander Graham Bell offered to use an early metal detector to try to locate the bullet. Bell made a second visit to the White House on August 1, and thought he heard where the bullet was located; it turned out to be the springs in the bed. Garfield died of severe complications arising from his initially treatable gunshot wounds on September 19, 1881 at the New Jersey shore where he had been moved in hopes of escaping Washington heat. The letter is on separate sheets and is in fine condition.
Bookseller: Stuart Lutz Historic Documents, Inc. [United States]
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