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Harrison laments abuse from the press in a rare ALS as First Lady
.Harrison, Caroline

Four page ALS on Executive Mansion stationary with matching envelope addressed in her hand to Mrs. J. S. Clarkson, September 30, 1891. Harrison bitterly complains about press attacks on her family. She also quotes President Grant’s son Frederick who shared his own despair about being a famous son and subject to press criticism. In part… “I wonder why anyone cares to be in political life where every action is scratched & misrepresented & then most unmercifully attacked.” She asks Mrs. Clarkson to thank her husband (Chairman of the National Republican Party) for responding to the attacks with a defense of her son. Harrison’s autograph is scarce and among First Ladies her handwritten letters, especially as First Lady, are among the rarest. This one even has strong content. The writing is clear but the conclusion and signature of the letter are on the first page where she overwrote earlier writing. This leaves her signature legible but against other writing. Still one of the strongest letters from a rare First Lady to be found. This letter sold for $1,700 in 1991 at Herman Darvick auctions. [#5014]