ALS signed “Chester A. Arthur, Jr.,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.5 x 9, May 1, 1885. President Arthur's son writes to Col. William H. Crook from Princeton College, relating his father's instructions to the White House for the disposition of his horses. In part: "I believe my father wishes to have his effects at the stables disposed of as follows. Mr. McMichael is to see about a car to transport the carriages, harness, etc., etc., to New York. The horses are to be left in the stable until the car has been procured & the traps etc. shipped. Then if they need rest & attention before they are sold, the horses are to be sent to some stable, which you may select, & kept there a week or ten days until they are in good condition. If the 4 of them can be sold together I think my father will be willing to part with them at once. As a 4 in hand team they should bring not less than $1500 dollars & perhaps more…The white kersey lap robe which matches my driving coat I do not wish sold, but sent to my father at Lexington Avenue. It is now at the White House stable." In very good to fine condition, with scattered staining, and writing showing through from opposing sides. The recipient of this letter, Colonel William H. Crook, was originally one of President Abraham Lincoln's bodyguards and continued to work in the White House for more than 50 years, serving under twelve presidents.
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