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GROVER CLEVELAND, WRITING AS PRESIDENT ON HIS PERSONAL ‘GRAY GABLES’ STATIONERY STATES:  HE HAS NO POWER TO PARDON A BIGAMIST CONVICTED IN THE SATE OF NEW JERSEY. AS IT WAS A VIOLATION OF NEW JERSEY STATE LAW, AND NOT UNDER HIS JURISDICTION

CLEVELAND, GROVER.  (1837-1908).  Twenty-second and twenty-fourth President of the United States (1885-89, 1893-97).  Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “Grover Cleveland”, as President, on his personal imprinted Gray Gables Buzzards Bay, Mass. stationery.  Two pages, octavo.  July 15, 1896.  Very fine condition.  To “Mrs. M. E. Calvan”.  Cleveland writes:

“Dear Madam: I have received your application for the pardon of your son convicted of bigamy in the State of New Jersey. I have absolutely no power to interfere as the offense of which your son was convicted was a violation of the laws of New Jersey and no one can release him except the proper authorities of that State. I return your petition so that you can, if you desire, present the case again to the proper State officials. Yours truly, Grover Cleveland”.

Really a choice letter on three accounts: 1.  the topic:  bigamy; 2.  the fact it’s written on his personal stationery, as President; and 3; for his interpretation of the legal issues involved.   A much above average letter, and worthy of inclusion in any collection of Presidents.

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