19 May 2006
[GARFIELD, James A.] [GARFIELD ASSASSINATION] Printed document signed by Vice-president David Davis and Speaker of the House J. Warren Keifer, Washington, 20 February 1882. Maj. Gen. W. S. Hancock's Invitation to the Congressional Memorial for slain President Garfield. 1 page, 4to, black-bordered mourning stationery [With:] Printed admission ticket to Garfield's memorial service in the House of Representatives. A small oblong, in black and silver inks, signed by the Sargeant-at-Arms.
AN INVITATION TO GARFIELD'S MEMORIAL SERVICE, ADDRESSED TO HIS 1880 ELECTION OPPONENT, WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
"We have the honor to inform you," the invitation reads, "that by a concurrent Resolution of the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States adopted on the 21st day of December 1881, you were invited to be present on the occasion of the memorial Services of the two Houses to express the general grief and to commemorate the event of the violent and tragic death of James Abram Garfield, the late President of the United States..." The service took place on 27 February 1882, with Garfield's close friend James G. Blaine giving the eulogy.
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