Albany, NY: March 9th 1883. In the personal written hand of Cleveland's flat and forward leaning cursive, 2 page bifold stationary with printed headline "Executive Chamber / Albany, N. Y." Written while only 2 months into his term as Governor of New York, Cleveland responds to a constituent, apparently about state jobs for women. 5" x 8", folded landscape, and fold in thirds creases for mailing. Back page has reverse fade and a small rub, but not all the way through. Written on two pages with two left blank. Fine condition and relevant content showing his compassion for his constituents. Two years later he would be in the White House.
Stephen Grover Cleveland (1837 - 1908) rose through the political system as Sheriff, Mayor of Buffalo, Governor of New York and then the only President to be elected to two nonconsecutive terms to the Oval Office. He was only Governor for 2 years, hence written correspondence from that time are even less common than when 8 years as President. Item #121
"March 9th 1883 / Mrs M. A. Rand / Dear Madam / Such letters as yours always trouble me - not because they take my time, and not because they ? me - but because I sympathize so strongly with the writer...to assist. Giving back from us is a necessity consistent with the Executive Chamber. None of these was such as a Lady could fill. For the rest I am not much of a politician and if I were I have no influence with the powers now in charge of the federal government work. I think it is better...to say honestly that I can do nothing to help you or to give you any false hope. Yours Truly / Grover Cleveland"