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Benjamin Harrison

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Benjamin Harrison, VI, 1833-1901.  23rd President of the United States, 1889-1893.  Typed Letter Signed, Benj Harrison, one page, quarto, on personal stationery, Indianapolis, Indiana, February 14, 1900.

Former President Harrison declines to attend a dinner out of concern that his might make would be quoted.  In part:  If I could go to one of these dinners and talk without being reported I would more often accept such invitations, but if my remarks are to be printed they must be prepared with care, and if spoken without notes must be revised—all of which is a pest and burden.

The careful Harrison shunned extemporaneous commentary, whether in interviews or in speeches.  He accepted most invitations to attend dinner functions only upon the condition that he not be required to speak or that his remarks not be reported. 

This letter has a bold fountain pen signature by Harrison.  It has normal mailing folds, one of which crosses through Harrison's signature, light soiling, and staple holes at the upper left.  It is in fine condition overall.




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