On his fourth day in office, President Garfield thanks Charles Devens for his service. "Permit me, in accepting your resignation as Attorney General, to express my sincere personal respect and my appreciation of the fidelity and ability with which you have served the government during the past four years." A prominent lawyer and brigadier general of volunteers during the Civil War, Devens was Attorney General for the full tenure of President Rutherford B. Hayes. Garfield replaced him with Wayne MacVeagh. NO EARLIER AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED BY GARFIELD DURING HIS BRIEF PRESIDENCY IS CITED IN THE AUCTION RECORDS.
1 page (8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.; 217 x 137 mm) on Executive Mansion | Washington letterhead, Washington, 7 March 1881. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Garfield. Slightly faded, tiny mounting remnant on verso. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.