MastroNet Spring 2005
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Offered is an original correspondence piece that discusses the U.S. Chief Executive's position on appointing Army captains, and which bears the expressive signature of the nation's 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison. Grandson of the 9th President, William Henry Harrison, Benjamin was a highly respected soldier, lawyer, humanitarian, and statesman. Harrison's administration was largely focused on economic matters, and the passage of the Sherman Antitrust Act was a major event that took place under his auspices. This missive was penned on "Executive Mansion - Washington," black-bordered mourning letterhead—near the conclusion of Harrison's single four-year term—on December 20, 1892. Distinctively signed at its conclusion, "Benj Harrison" (black fountain pen, grading "10"), the item reads, in part: "It has been my policy since I have been here...to make these appointments from the First Lieutenants of the Army, to whom the appointment would be a promotion. It is true that the transfers are sometimes made by agreement between officers from one corps to another or from the line to a staff position...You will see that it is impossible for me to appoint (a Captain Allison)...without directly violating the declaration I have made over and over again to others in such cases." The letter's two sheets (each with both sides fully occupied by script) have been neatly hinged together, at the left edge, by archival tape. Customary folds, along with light-toning on the reverse of the first page, do not affect legibility, and three inconsequential pinholes can be seen in the last page's upper left corner. Presentation quality approximates Excellent. This is a period piece that offers exceptional content, as well as an impeccable specimen of a scarce presidential signature. LOAs from James Spence & Steve Grad and John Reznikoff/PSA DNA.
Signed-as-President Benjamin Harrison 1892 Two-Page Letter on Executive Mansion Stationery
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