Cleveland, Grover S.

1895 ALS from his summer "White House", to the Acting Secretary of State

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(1837-1908) US President 1885-1889 & 1893-1897. The only President elected to two nonconsecutive terms, the first President married in the White House. Cleveland bought an estate and 100 acres near Agawam Point in 1890 at the urging of his friend, actor Joseph Jefferson, who touted the sport fishing and solitude there. Cleveland’s home on Buzzards Bay was the summer White House from 1893-97. A train station was built to accommodate his visits, and he kept up with developments in Washington with a telegraph machine installed there. Two of his children were born in the home that came to be known as Gray Gables. Gray Gables was sold by his son in 1920, later converted to a restaurant and inn which burned down in 1973. ALS while President, 2pp (back-to-back), on 6 3/4 x 4 ˝ grey Gray Gables, Buzzards's Bay, Mass. letterhead, September 3 1895, to Hon. A. A. Adee, Acting Secretary of State. Cleveland writes, in his spidery hand, in full: " I do not quite understand why you desire my special approval of your course in the matter of consular certificates of invoices - as I assume the necessary and proper thing has been done in the promises. However, although I am not certain that I approve here ...[?] all the details of the affair, I have such confidence in your ability and judgment and in the Treasury Department which advised your action that I am constrained to explicitly approve all that you have done in the matter." ALVEY A. ADEE (1842-1924) State Department official, 2nd of 3 senior State Department officials whose overlapping careers provided continuity and good management in foreign policy from Andrew Jackson's thru FDR's administration. New Yorker Adee started his career as private secretary to General Daniel Sickles, named Minister to Spain in 1869. While in Madrid, Adee was befriended by John Hay, Secretary of the US Legation. Adee stayed at the Legation in Madrid for 8 years, then took a temporary position in Washington with the Department. A year later, he was named Chief of the Diplomatic Bureau. In 1882, he became Third Assistant Secretary, and in 1886, was promoted to Second Assistant Secretary, a position he held to his 1924 death. The apex of his career was during the Spanish-American War in 1898. Secretary John Sherman was old and in poor health, and Asst. Secretary Wm. R. Day was inexperienced, which meant that Adee, as 3rd ranking Department officer, effectively supervised US diplomacy during the War. In Sept. 1898, with Sherman and Day having left the Department, he was Acting Secretary of State for 2 weeks until Hay took over as Secretary. Adee was again in effective charge of the Department during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion when Hay was ill and Asst. Secretary David J. Hill was away from Washington. After 1909, his influence and health waned, but he remained as Second Assistant Secretary until his death.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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