The widow of President Cleveland writes to her daughter Esther: the only child to be born in the White House.
Frances Folsom CLEVELAND Preston (1864-1947, First Lady).
4pp. autograph letter to her daughter, signed ‘Mother’, from ‘Bretton Inn / Ormond Beach / Fla. / 27 Feb. 16’, bifolium, small octavo black-edged paper (6 3/8 x 4 3/4in; 162 x 121mm), ‘Dearest Esther / Thanks for the Clubs, which arrived – as well as the balls, duly. … I reached here Wednesday… It was the best thing to do. Although the last week on the yacht I was perfectly well & Mothersill [a seasickness remedy] would have taken me easily to the Windward Islands but I don’t care for being so far away from you all. I am interested to know if you go with the Hastings. We have taken a compartment for the 23rd reaching Trenton about 3 the 24th. … I have deposited $1000 again for you to pay the local bills. I think you will have enough for your own allowance, if not let me know & I will send some more. Uncle Frank wanted us to join … them) at Nassau but it is so difficult to get there from here. I think I would rather stay here than change again. There is no boat running from Miami now & we should have to go to Jacksonville or Cuba. I would like to see Nassau. Tom says the climate is wonderful. Both Havana & Nassau are expensive. It is pretty cold here & windy, but I daresay you are having bad weather up there in the north. My love to all & all friends. Lovingly Mother (old fold) ;
with associated ‘free’ envelope, signed by Frances, and a contemporary unused postcard with a view of the Bretton Inn. (a lot).
- Overall Condition: excellent
- Size: 6 3/8 x 4 3/4in; 162 x 121mm
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