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MCKINLEY, William (1843-1901), President. Autograph letter signed ("William McKinley") as President, to "the Diplomatic & Consular offices of the United States," Washington, 18 March 1898. 1 page, 8vo (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.), Executive Mansion stationery, integral blank with evidence of mounting on verso, otherwise in fine condition. [With:] a printed response card from Mrs. Mckinley expressing thanks for sympathy received after the assassination of her husband.

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MCKINLEY, William (1843-1901), President. Autograph letter signed ("William McKinley") as President, to "the Diplomatic & Consular offices of the United States," Washington, 18 March 1898. 1 page, 8vo (7 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.), Executive Mansion stationery, integral blank with evidence of mounting on verso, otherwise in fine condition. [With:] a printed response card from Mrs. Mckinley expressing thanks for sympathy received after the assassination of her husband.

MCKINLEY AIDS A TRAVELING BISHOP

One year after taking office, McKinley assures diplomatic courtesy for a bishop who will be traveling overseas. He writes: "Bishop Walden of the Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States, is leaving for an external visit to foreign countries, and I have peculiar pleasure in commending him to our representatives abroad. He is an old friend and a valued one. I will appreciate any courtesies which you have in your power to extend him."

Taylor notes that while pre-presidential McKinley letters exist in "a moderate number...those of White House date can be considered rare" (From the White House Inkwell, p. 148).
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