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Item 48 - Grover Cleveland Catalog 587 (Jul 2020)

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Typed manuscript heavily annotated in pencil by Cleveland, unsigned, three pages, 8 x 13, no date but circa 1894. A manuscript concerning Cleveland's intended actions regarding the Coxey's Army protest march by unemployed workers. The manuscript reads, in part (as revised by Cleveland): "Whereas, it is reported that several organized bodies of men are approaching the District of Columbia with the avowed purpose of securing such Congressional action as will relieve the condition of unemployed laborers…all unemployed men…have been invited to assemble in front of the National Capitol…No possible good can come of such a gathering and with no proper preparation or means of subsistence, suffering and ultimate disorder will certainly ensue…[Commissioners] having no desire or purpose to deal harshly with unfortunate but honest men…[nonetheless] the laws in force in the District of Columbia are adequate for every emergency, and will be rigidly enforced." In fine condition, with some minor rubbing to the pencil in places. Spurred by unemployment caused by the greatest economic depression the nation had ever suffered, Jacob S. Coxey led a march of jobless men across the country, arriving in Washington on March 25, 1894; they proved ineffective in shaping any legislation and the march came to an end when Coxey and some of his followers were arrested for trespassing on the lawns at the Capitol. A unique offering from President Cleveland boasting over two hundred words in his hand.

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