CLEVELAND, Grover (1837-1908), President. Three autograph letters signed ("Grover Cleveland"), 1 as President, to Beverley Tucker, Albany, N.Y. and Washington, 12 September, 26 October 1884, 10 July 1885. Together 6½ pages, 8vo, 1 on White House stationery, with envelopes, fine condition. [With:] CLEVELAND, Rose Elizabeth. ALS to Beverley Tucker, Washington, 9 July 1885. 3 pages, 8vo, White House stationery; TUCKER. ALS to Rose Cleveland, Berkeley Springs, W.V., 8 July 1885. 1¼ pages, 8vo.
A PRESIDENT'S FRIENDSHIP WITH A FORMER CONFEDERATE DIPLOMAT. Letters written during Cleveland's election campaign and from the White House to former Confederate diplomat and accused Lincoln conspirator, Beverley Tucker. 12 September 1884: "I was much pleased by...your letter...containing such welcome observances in regard to the political outlook." Cleveland comments on the upcoming election: "I believe that the National ticket will be endorsed tonight by the Tammany organization. All that I hear regarding the canvass is of the most encouraging character. I think we may yet fall upon blue days but the democracy seems more determined than ever to win." In October, as the election approaches, Cleveland thanks Tucker for a turkey sent to them, and jokingly observes that "it was determined that a State [West Virginia] that produced democratic infinitives, and such turkies, was worthy of our utmost regard and consideration." In July 1885, four months after becoming President, he informs Tucker that he will not be able to join him: "My long vacation is comparatively so near, that I do not calculate to do much now in the way of recreation." In July the President's sister and acting First Lady Rose Cleveland comments on a Memorial Day poem read by Tuckers's son: "he must have inherited from his father something of that poetic fire which flames in these lines; as well as their intense devotion to that cause he commemorates. How can I regret that that Cause is "gone", since it restores to us in our country one cause, such patriots and such poets!" Together five items. (5)