American Writers, Politicians, Activists, and Explorers, Five Signed Letters, Late 19th-Early 20th Century. Including: an autograph letter signed by suffragist Frances E. Willard (1839-1898) on National Woman's Christian Temperance Union letter paper, July 24, 1890, declining an invitation to visit an unnamed "Teacher's Institute"; an autograph letter signed by Maine author Kenneth Roberts (1885-1957) November 4, 1930, thanking the writing for liking his work; a typed letter signed by prolific Kentucky writer and humorist Irvin S. Cobb (1876-1944) to Vincent Astor, inviting Astor to join the Board of Governors of the People's Foundation, April 12, 1932; a typed letter signed by Tamany Hall insider and four-time New York Governor Alfred E. Smith (1873-1944) to Vincent Astor, describing the importance of music in his own childhood, and asking for Astor's support for community music schools in New York City, December 17, 1935; [and] an autograph letter signed by American naturalist William Beebe (1877-1962) to Vincent Astor, on Bermuda Oceanographic Expedition letterhead (a project of the New York Zoological Society) sending the first account of his deep-sea dive (not included) January 8, 1931. (5)
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