LYMAN J. GAGE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 310948
LYMAN GAGE As Secretary of the Treasury, he writes to Attorney General John Griggs, regretfully declining a gift of ducks. Autograph Letter signed: "Lyman Gage & Wife", 1 page, 5¾x8 affixed to a card. No place, no date ("Saturday").
Sale Price $324.00
As Secretary of the Treasury, he writes to Attorney General John Griggs, regretfully declining a gift of ducks.
Autograph Letter signed: "Lyman Gage & Wife", 1 page, 5¾x8 affixed to a card. No place, no date ("Saturday"). To "Dear Attorney General Griggs", in full: "As we start for the West tomorrow morning we cannot make use of the ducks you so kindly sent us. I therefore return them so that you may make some other hearts & stomachs happy. We expect to be back one week from Monday & if after that date any ducks should fly your way - don't assume that our action in returning the game on this occasion is to establish a precedent for the future. Thank you for remembering us now - & thus I remain yours truly". LYMAN JUDSON GAGE (1836-1927) rose from clerk to President of the First National Bank of Chicago. As board president, he was instrumental in making the World Columbian Exposition of 1890 a success. Although he had previously supported Democrat Grover Cleveland, he campaigned vigorously for Republican William McKinley in the Presidential election of 1896, motivated by his support for the gold standard. Becoming Secretary of the Treasury under McKinley and then Theodore Roosevelt, he played a key role in passage of the Gold Standard Act of 1900. After leaving government he headed the New York-based U.S. Trust Company, and then retired to pursue his other interests: spiritualism and simplified spelling of English. John W. Griggs was Governor of New Jersey before becoming President McKinley's second Attorney General (1898-1901). Folds. Ink lightly smeared on left margin. Fingerprint stains on verso. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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