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- Rutherford B. Hayes
The awful tragedy at Washington so shocked me that I hardly know how to feel or think about it. It is a great calamity. The fame of the President is safe. He is the darling of history ever more...
A year later, on the anniversary of Lincoln's death, Hayes, then a Congressman, visited Mount Vernon. Compelled by the date and place to compare the two heroes, he felt almost sacreligious in deciding that Lincoln was the greater man. It all came down to Lincoln's character, Hayes believed; more and more, and taken all in all, his was the very highest.
With Autograph Envelope Signed ("R.B. Hayes"), bearing in the upper right corner his Free Frank as Member of Congress. Bearing “New Creek Station, West Va. April 15” cancellation. A portion of the envelope - upper left quadrant - is missing but none of the text is effected.
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15th April 1865
My Dear Sir
The awful tragedy of Washington has so shocked me that I hardly know how to feel as I think about it. It is a great Calamity. The fame of the President is safe. He is "the darling of history" ever more -I suppose I shall soon quit the service. My command is well enough, if any could seem well after leaving the gallant 1st Brigade, but I suppose the war is at an end -
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R. B. Hayes
Rev. Jospeh Little
Chaplain 1st Regt, West Va. Vet Vols.,
Duvall's Brigade, Carrol's Division,
Army of the Shenandoah,