Vice President-Elect Chester A. Arthur Accepts Congratulations on Winning His First and Last Election

November 10, 1880

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Vice President-Elect Chester A. Arthur Accepts Congratulations on Winning His First and Last Election
Autograph Letter Signed
3 pages | SMC 1155

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      Here Chester A. Arthur accepts congratulations on having won his first, and last, election: that of Vice-President of the United States. Arthur, prior to starting at the top, had been a New York lawyer, and the Collector of the New York Customhouse. These pursuits made him wealthy, and he lived, in the words of a biographer, in a “world of expensive Havana cigars, Tiffany silver, fine carriages, and grand balls.” Thus this friendly letter to the wife of R.G. Dun – the financial services broker who would soon lend his name to the credit-rating and financial-services giant Dun & Bradstreet – one week after the election:

      I am sure that no one is more gratified at the result than you are - & all of you. I hope that you & your husband appreciates the fact that it is considered a part of the Vice President's duty, to "go-a-fishing" & I hope we shall go together always.

      Arthur, being to the manor self-promoted, was a member of a prestigious fishing club, and fished, too, with the business titan Dun. His Vice-Presidency, however, lasted a scant six months: he didn’t have nearly the time he expected, for idle angling.


      Autograph Letter Signed (“C.A. Arthur”), as Vice-President Elect, 3 pages, octavo, on his heraldic “Impelle Obstantia" letterhead (black-edged in mourning for his wife), New York, November 10, 1880. To Mrs. Robert Graham Dun. Rare.
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      New York
      Nov 10 1880

      My dear Mrs Dun

      Thank you for your congratulations & good wishes - I am sure that no one is more gratified at the result than you are - & all of you. I hope that your


      Mrs R G Dun
      New York

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      your [sic] husband appreciates the fact that it is considered a part of the Vice President's duty, to "go-a-fishing" & I hope we shall go together always

      Please thank Miss Bradford and Miss Van Dyke for

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      their kind congratulations and believe me always

      Faithfully Your friend

      C.A. ARTHUR