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As Secretary of State, he writes to former Senate colleague George H. Pendleton, now the US Ambassador in Berlin, asking him to be helpful to a vacationing Costa Rican diplomat.
Autograph Letter signed: "T. F. Bayard" as Secretary of State, 2 pages (front and verso), 4½x7. Washington, D. C., 1886 July 14. On official letterhead to "Honorable George H. Pendleton, Berlin", in full: "I take pleasure in introducing to you Senor Don Manuel M. Peralta, the very acceptable Minister to this government from Costa Rica. Mr. Peralta intends spending his vacation in Europe and I commend him to your usual courtesy while he is in Berlin. Very truly yours". Democrat THOMAS F. BAYARD, SR. (1828-1898) represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1869-1885, when he resigned to become Cleveland's first term Secretary of State (1885-1889). Serving in the first Democratic administration since before the Civil War, Secretary Bayard was flooded with requests for office, but abided by his making appointments based on merit rather than partisan connections. His tenure was spent negotiating with Great Britain over outstanding questions of fishing rights. In his second term, President Cleveland appointed Bayard as Ambassador to Great Britain (1893-1897). George H. Pendleton (1825-1889), former US Representative and Senator from Ohio and the Democratic Party's Vice-Presidential candidate in 1864, was appointed by President Cleveland as US Minister to Germany (1885 until his death). He had served in the Senate with Bayard. Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: October 29, 1828 in Wilmington, Delaware
Died: September 28, 1898 in Dedham, Massachusetts

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