FIRST LADY CAROLINE SCOTT HARRISON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/18/1886 - HFSID 288315
Sale Price $1,020.00
CAROLINE SCOTT HARRISON
Tardy sympathy letter to the widow of Absalom Markland, General Grant's confidential courier in the Civil War
Autograph Letter signed: "Carrie Scott - Harrison", 3 pages (integral leaf), 4½x7. Indianapolis, August 18 (n.y., but postmarked 1886). To Martha Markland, Concord, Massachusetts. In full: "Your kind letter reached me this morning, and I hasten to reply and assure you that I fully appreciate your kind wishes. And thank you very much for having thought of us when you have suffered such an affliction. I also wish to express my sincere sympathy in your sorry. I saw the notice of Col. Markland's death - but, the busy life which we have been living must be my excuse for not writing you at the time to assure you of my thoughts of you. With kind regards, believe me Sincerely yours". Caroline Scott Harrison (1832-1892) married young lawyer Benjamin Harrison in 1853. They had three children, one of whom died in infancy. As First Lady from 1889, Caroline Harrison made many improvements to the White House and served as first President General of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Harrison contracted tuberculosis in 1891, and became the second of three First Ladies to die in the White House. (The others were Letitia Tyler in 1842 and Ellen Wilson in 1914.) Benjamin Harrison remarried four years later to Mary Scott Lord Dimmick, Caroline Harrison's widowed niece and personal secretary. Absalom Markland was appointed a special agent of the Post Office by President Lincoln. He was entrusted by General U. S. Grant, a youthful friend, with expediting mail delivery to troops in the field, a task he performed well. Markland also served Grant as a personal courier, carrying confidential dispatches to the President and to other generals. Multiple mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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