PRESIDENT RUTHERFORD B. HAYES - PRINTED LETTER SIGNED IN INK 07/15/1889 - HFSID 3955
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES Thanks for tributes to his wife, twenty days after her death. Partly Printed LS: "Rutherford B. Hayes", 1p, 4¼x7. Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio, 1889 July 15. Addressed by Hayes at the bottom to: "Mrs. Ellen Denny/Vincennes/Ind.
Sale Price $1,360.00
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES
Thanks for tributes to his wife, twenty days after her death.
Partly Printed LS: "Rutherford B. Hayes", 1p, 4¼x7. Spiegel Grove, Fremont, Ohio, 1889 July 15. Addressed by Hayes at the bottom to: "Mrs. Ellen Denny/Vincennes/Ind." In full: "The friends who have sent telegraphic messages, letters, floral tributes and newspaper articles, tokens of their regard for Mrs. Hayes, and of sympathy with me and my family, are so numerous that I can not, by the use of the pen alone, within the time it ought to be done, suitably express to all of them my gratitude and thanks. I therefore beg them to excuse me for sending in this form my assurance of the fullest appreciation of their kindness, and of my lasting and heartfelt obligation to each of them. With all thankfulness for your very kind letter I am Sincerely." Last eleven words handwritten by the former President, who signed this letter just 20 days after his wife died. On December 30, 1852, 30-year-old Rutherford B. Hayes married 21-year-old Lucy Ware Webb in Cincinnati, Ohio. They had seven sons, three of whom died in infancy, and one daughter. Fifty-eight-year-old Lucy, who had been a greatly admired First Lady, died suddenly on June 25, 1889 of a massive apoplectic stroke suffered while watching a tennis match. She was buried in a gown of ivory cream in Oakland Cemetery in Fremont. Her husband died less than four years later at the age of 70 and was buried next to her. In 1915, their remains were moved to Spiegel Grove. 1-inch vertical blue stray ink mark at upper blank margin. Fine condition.
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