West Mentor, Lake County, OH: August 2, 1883. Franked Signature Envelope, 4.37" x 3.25", with the former First Lady's SIGNATURE "Lucretia R. Garfield" in top left corner. Postmarked Aug 2, 1882 as the President died in September 1881. As with the black border of this envelope, and likely note within, she continued to use mourning stationary much longer than traditional. Slightest of chip a top left side, sliced open in the rear, top 1" of seal flap torn, age tone, two small staple sized holes, postmark on both back and front is fine. Signature and address block are legible and fine.
Lucretia Rudolph Garfield (Apr 19, 1832 – Mar 14, 1918) was the wife of President James A. Garfield and First Lady of the United States from March to September 1881. Her husband was the target of assassination by the anarchist Charles Guiteau. She was continually at his bedside for almost three months. After his passing she returned to her former residence in Mentor, living with a son. The house is now the James A. Garfield National Historic Site. Fine. Item #438
"If wrinkles must be written on our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old." - J. A. Garfield.