President Benjamin Harrison Discusses a Letter Written by his Grandfather, William Henry Harrison

May 25, 1892

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President Benjamin Harrison Discusses a Letter Written by his Grandfather, William Henry Harrison
Autograph Letter Signed
1 page | SMC 1235

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      His great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence and his grandfather was the 9th President of the United States: few Americans can claim as distinguished a lineage as Benjamin Harrison. That history is the concern of this letter, as President Harrison handwrites his thanks to a noted autograph collector for having sent him a copy of a William Henry Harrison letter of “great family interest.” The letter, dated November 30, 1795, and written to then Lieutenant William Henry Harrison’s commanding General, “Mad Anthony” Wayne, may have had to do with the Lieutenant’s elopement and runaway marriage, just five days before: General Wayne - if not the bride’s father - had given Harrison his blessing. But whatever his grandfather’s letter to Wayne said, Harrison says he is glad to have it; that, and Guild’s friendly references to his Administration, as well.


      Autograph Letter Signed, as President, 1 page, octavo, Executive Mansion, Washington, May 25, 1892. To Curtis Guild, Sr., in Boston, Massachusetts.
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