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1881 Nicholas Young Handwritten Letter with Ornate National League Stationery

Starting Bid - $300, Sold For - $1,200

One-page handwritten letter, scripted upon official National League letterhead, signed by Nicholas Young (1840-1916), former secretary and president of the National League. In his letter, dated February 12, 1881 and written in his capacity as secretary of the league, Young urges a friend to come to Washington as soon as possible. In full: "Dear Corsen, Can you not pack your 'Band Box' and come down here the last of next week, or not later than the 22nd, and let William follow as soon thereafter as his business will permit, unless he can come with you at that time. Please make the effort and let me know what day you will arrive. Yours Truly, N. E. Young - PO Box 536. P.S. It will be far pleasanter + livlier [sic] here before inauguration than it will after, so try and come at once or as soon as you possibly can." The main body of the letter and Young's signature are flawlessly scripted in black ink (grading "10"), while the postscript is executed in pencil. The inauguration mentioned in Young's letter was that of President James A. Garfield, who took the oath of office on March 4, 1881. Nicholas Young was the first secretary and treasurer of the National League in 1876. In 1885 he became president of the National League, a position he held until 1902. While a number of letters and documents surfaced in the 1990s from the Nicholas Young estate, they were all written to Nicholas Young. Letters written by Nicholas Young are exceedingly rare. This is the first example we have offered and we cannot recall having seen more than one or two others over the years. The ornate National League letterhead makes it an especially desirable Young letter as well. The letter (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal and two vertical fold lines, two tiny edge tears, and few extremely light surface wrinkles. In Excellent condition overall. The letter has been affixed to a black mount and is framed to total dimensions of 11.25 x 14 inches. LOA from James Spence/JSA.  Reserve $300. Estimate (open). SOLD FOR $1,200


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