Scarce letter signed as President “Liberty and Union, now and forever”
Letter signed as President “Chester A Arthur”. 2pp., two pages of a bifolium, 8.0 x 9.75 inch. Washington, 1882 January 18. On rare Executive Mansion Mourning letterhead. Addressed to Stilson Hutchins Esq. in Washington. Less than four months after President Garfield's death. The letter in full: “I regret that other duties will prevent me from accepting your kind invitation to attend the meeting at Willards Hall tonight, to celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birthday of Daniel Webster, and to procure a statue of him for our city; but I shall take great pleasure in otherwise promoting the purpose of your meeting. It is but tardy justice that now and here, where Webster's eternal fame was won, we should speedily erect his counterpart in enduring bronze, that those who follow us should know the man as we saw him. And it is especially appropriate that he should be thus honored in this city, beautified beyond all others by monuments to those who devoted their lives to preserve “Liberty and Union, now and forever, one and inseparable”. Bold ink, mounting remnants along the margin of the verso of the integral page, else fine condition. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes. The Daniel Webster Memorial is a monument in Washington, D.C. and was given to the United States government by Stilson Hutchins, the recipient of this Letter, founder of the Washington Post and a fellow native of New Hampshire.