PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/11/1884 - HFSID 5237
Sale Price $1,360.00
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
As President of the National Prison Association, the former US President signs a handwritten letter of introduction for Reverend Doctor A. G. Byers.
Autograph Letter Signed: "R.B. Hayes", 1p, 5½x8½. Fremont, Ohio, 1884 February 11. To W.M.F. Round, 65 Bible House, New York. In full: "This will introduce you to my friend, Rev. Dr. A.G. Byers of Columbus, Ohio. You will find him deeply interesting and with large experience and information touching, all questions of Prison Reform. I regret that my Engagements will not allow me to go East this month." Bible House was the headquarters of the American Bible Society. After leaving the White House, Hayes served as President of the National Prison Association from 1883 until his death in 1893. In 1883, WILLIAM MARSHALL FITTS ROUND became Corresponding Secretary of the Prison Association of New York. Two years later, he helped reorganize the National Prison Association of the United States and was elected its secretary. After returning from the 1886 International Penitentiary Congress in Rome, Round helped plan the Burnham Industrial Farm, an institution for unruly boys near Canaan, New York, now known as the Berkshire Farm Center and Services for Youth. Lightly creased. File note (unknown hand) at upper right. Fine condition. With embossed stamped envelope addressed by Hayes to Round in New York City, postmarked Fremont, Ohio, April 12, 1887. Torn top edge, lightly soiled. Also with a pamphlet "Report of the Committee on the Removal of the Penitentiary", 23p, 6x8¾. Written for the "President and Members of the Commercial Club of Nashville", reviewing prison reform in Tennessee during the 1890s and in its past. Creased. Torn blank back page. Three items.
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