Item #3087 Autograph Letter Signed. Adele Cutts Douglas Williams, Robert Williams.

Autograph Letter Signed

Chicago, IL: 1888. 9.25" x 5.5", irregular left edge where excised from a book, a horizontal and vertical fold through the center,light toning along some edges, previous owner note on bottom right, "Formerly Mrs. Stephen A Douglas + a famous beauty."

Offered with an autograph letter signed, from Adele's husband to Hon. John S. Wise of Richmond, Virginia, expressing his unhappiness at being unavailable when Wise was present in Chicago, July 20, 1888. "I have been very unwell since my return from the west... It would have afforded me great pleasure to have made your acquaintance independently of the opportunity it would have afforded me to talk over with you the situation of the Barbour case... Mrs. Williams enjoyed your visit exceedingly...R. Williams" on a single leaf of personal stationary with "R. Williams, Pullman Building / Chicago" printed in red type in upper left corner. Also included is a franked envelope from the War Department addressed to: "R. Williams Adjt. Gen USA / Mrs. " (widow of Stephen A Douglas)

John Wise was the son of Virginia Governor and politician Henry Wise, a Confederate officer during the Civil War. John a VMI cadet, fought for the Confederacy at the Battle of New Market; Williams was Virginian who fought for the Union.

"Adele Cutts was the daughter of James Madison Cutts, a government official, and Ellen (O'Neale) Cutts. Tall, with striking features and chestnut hair, her beauty, intellect and personality made her a leading belle in Washington society. In early 1856, Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (1813 - 1861) of Illinois, who was then a widower with two sons, met Adele Cutts and were married on November 10, 1856. From this union they had one daughter, but the child survived for only a few months. Senator Douglas was defeated in the Presidential election of 1860 by Abraham Lincoln and died of natural causes. In 1865 Adele met Capt. (later Gen.) Robert Williams, U. S. A., and they married in January 1866. They lived for many years in army posts in the West and had six children. Williams ended his long career in 1893 as Adjutant General of the Army. Two of their sons served in the army and their eldest daughter married an army officer [Find a Grave]

"The Barbour Case" a much publicized murder trial in Culpepper, VA was probably the 'sad tragedy' to which Adele's letter referred. "One of the most desperate and deadly shooting affairs that ever happened in this vicinity occurred here this morning , between Edwin Barbour, editor of the Piedmont Advance, and Ellis B. Williams, son of Govern Williams, editor of the Culpepper Exponent, resulting in the death of Williams and the serious wounding of Barbour: [Article: From Pens to Pistols"]. Item #3087

"Genl. Williams is absent from the city but will return in a few days when he will have the pleasure to call on you. In the mean time if you have even an idle hour we would be glad to see you at our home as your name has become one of added interest to us through your association with the sad tragedy which threw so much unhappiness around our home circle in Virginia Very Sincerely Yours / Adele Cutts Williams.

Price: $200.00