Princeton: March 14, 1901. Autograph Letter SIGNED “Grover Cleveland”, 4.5” x 6.75”, 2 pages. Choice letter in Cleveland's recognizable, minute, precise hand. Written to John J. Ramey, Esq. Cleveland pens, in full. small tear on right side of verso not visible from the front, a small toning mark on opposite sides of inside fold in remote empty corner. Finely preserved letter in long hand.
Grover Cleveland - (March 18, 1837 – June 24, 1908) was an American politician and lawyer who was the 22nd and 24th President of the United States. He won the popular vote for three presidential elections – in 1884, 1888, and 1892 – and was one of two Democrats (with Woodrow Wilson) to be elected president during the era of Republican political domination dating from 1861 to 1933. He was also the first and to date only President in American history to serve two non-consecutive terms in office. At the time of this written letter Cleveland was living at his familial retirement at the estate, Westland Mansion, in Princeton, NJ (attribution)
The Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick was found in NYC in 1783 by the leading members of the community to care for the unusual number of impoverished and displaced Irishmen, who had arrived in New York in the wake of the British evacuation. Founded on the noble rock of charity, strengthened by a common heritage and faith, nurtured by the joy of a shared meal and conversation, enlivened by humor, poetry and song, transmitted by father to son to grandson, tempered by tolerance towards political and religious difference, fortified and guided by tradition and respect and memory, the Society continues on to this very day. Item #271
“Dear Sir: -- I am in receipt of the courteous invitation of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick to attend its one hundred and seventeenth anniversary dinner on the eighteenth instant. I remember with especial pleasure such an occasion a number of years ago when I was allowed to be present; and I shall always recall with delight, the good cheer and hearty hospitality that paraded the assemblage. The anniversary of the Saint’s Society this year falls however – or rather its celebration occurs – on my son’s birthday; and I am not so old that my wife and children are willing to relieve me from the celebration of that day at home and with them. I feel obliged therefore to decline the invitation you kindly tender me. -- Yours very truly, /Signed/ Grover Cleveland."