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Morgan Bulkeley, in addition to later serving as Governor of Connecticut, was also the first president of the National League in 1876. Bulkeley's election as head of the newly formed League had more to do with luck than merit, however. William Hulbert, who hailed from Chicago, was the driving force behind the formation of the National League, but he wisely decided that the League should be "officially" headed by a person from the East during its inaugural campaign. When the names of the Eastern team owners were drawn from a hat, to see who would serve as president, Bulkeley's emerged first. Bulkeley only served as president for one year, with Hulbert assuming the position the following season. For his brief contribution to the game, however, Bulkeley was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1937. Offered is a one-page handwritten letter signed by Bulkeley during his tenure as Governor of Connecticut. The letter, dated September 1, 1891 and penned on "136 Washington Street" stationery, reads simply "I cheerfully subscribe myself. Sincerely, M.G. Bulkeley Governor of Conn." Both the text and Bulkeley's signature have been scripted in black ink, grading "9-10". Although the letter is not addressed to any individual, it is accompanied by its original mailing envelope (on Executive stationery) made out to "Charles Jefferson Esq." The letter (4-3/8" x 6-7/8"), written on the front page of a fold-over sheet, displays two horizontal mailing folds and a paper clip impression. A few light pencil notations appear on the reverse. Excellent condition overall. The envelope (6" x 3-1/2") is in Very Good to Excellent condition. LOA from James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA.
Morgan Bulkeley 1891 ALS with Original Mailer
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