GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), President. Autograph letter signed (''U. S. Grant''), as President, to J. A. J. Creswell, Washington, D. C., 20 May 1874. 1¼ pages, 8vo, on Executive Mansion stationery, small repair of closed tear along edge. Matted and framed.
GRANT, Ulysses S. (1822-1885), President. Autograph letter signed ("U. S. Grant"), as President, to J. A. J. Creswell, Washington, D. C., 20 May 1874. 1¼ pages, 8vo, on Executive Mansion stationery, small repair of closed tear along edge. Matted and framed.
THE CABINET PREPARES FOR A WHITE HOUSE WEDDING. Grant makes a last minute correction to the invitation list of his daughter's wedding. "In directing invitations for the Cabinet to attend the marriage of our daughter tomorrow, Mrs. Grant is not certain whether one was sent to Miss McIntyre or not. If none was sent it was an oversight which we hope she will excuse, and that she will attend all the same..." The Grants gave away their only daughter, Ellen "Nellie" Grant (1855-1922), the following day to Algernon Charles Francis Sartoris. The groom was a wealthy English singer and a relative of the famous actress Fanny Kemble. It proved an unhappy match. The couple settled in England but Algernon's dissolute habits provoked a separation. He died in 1890. Though not the first marriage in the White House (Dolley Madison's sister and James Monroe's daughter both made their vows in the East Room), the Grant-Sartoris wedding was the most spectacular so far. Some 75 carriages delivered guests to the mansion and Walt Whitman composed a poem for the occasion. Future nuptials would see Teddy Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon walking their daughters down the aisle. Grover Cleveland remains the only President to marry in the White House (Wilson's second marriage, in 1915, occurred off-site, at the home of his bride, Mrs. Galt).