“General Grant” & “Grover Cleveland” & “P.H. Sheridan” Reply to Various St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Invitations
ULYSSES S GRANT, GROVER CLEVELAND & PHILIP H SHERIDAN.
Rare Collection Archive of (3) Different Letters regarding invitations to St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.
1. March 10, 1882-Dated Autograph Letter Signed in the third person “General Grant”, 4.75” x 8”, 1 page, New York, Choice Very Fine. U.S. Grant pens in full: “General Grant accepts with pleasure the invitation of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to dine with them on the occasion of their 98th Anniversary, at ________, March 17th at 6.30 O’Clock”.
2. March 14, 1901-Dated Autograph Letter Signed “Grover Cleveland”, 4.5” x 6.75”, 2 pages, Princeton, Choice Extremely Fine. Written to John J. Ramey, Esq. Cleveland pens, in full:
“Dear Sir: -- I am in receipt of the courteous invitation of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to attend its one hundred and seventeenth anniversary dinner on the eighteenth instant. I remember with especial pleasure such an occasion a number of years ago when I was allowed to be present; and I shall always recall with delight, the good cheer and hearty hospitality that paraded the assemblage. The anniversary of the Saint’s Society this year falls however – or rather its celebration occurs – on my son’s birthday; and I am not so old that my wife and children are willing to relieve me from the celebration of that day at home and with them. I feel obliged therefore to decline the invitation you kindly tender me. -- Yours very truly, (Signed) Grover Cleveland”.
3. March 1, 1884-Dated Manuscript Letter Signed “P.H. Sheridan”, 7.75” x 9.75”, 1 page, on “Headquarters Army of the United States” letterhead, Choice Very Fine. Minor light even tone and small chips along the right edge. This Letter written by a secretary and then Signed by General Philip Sheridan himself. It reads, in full:
“Dear Sir: -- I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your invitation to be present at the One Hundreth Celebration of the Annual Festival of your Society at the Hotel Brunswick, New York, on the 17th instant, and I regret my engagements here are such that I will be unable to accept your courteous invitation. Very truly yours, (Signed) P.H. Sheridan, Lieut. General”.
A wonderful, unusual and hard to ever replicate, archive of Three Signed Letters of prominent American figures, regarding St. Patrick’s Day! (3 items).