Edward Everett (1794-1865) Third-Person Handwritten Letter Signed, "Everett", 4.75 x 7.75, Boston, 17 May 1860, in the letter Everett declines "his attending the festival of the Diagnothian Literary Society of Franklin & Marshall College" (Lancaster, PA), by the American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, United States Secretary of State, and President of Harvard University (1845-48). He ran for Vice President on the Constitutional Union Party ticket in 1860. He was active in supporting the Union effort during the war and supported Lincoln in the 1864 election. Everett was one of the great American orators of the antebellum and Civil War eras. He is often remembered today as the featured orator at the dedication ceremony of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863, where he spoke for over two hours—immediately before President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous two-minute Gettysburg Address. For his part, Everett was deeply impressed by the concise speech and wrote to Lincoln noting "I should be glad if I could flatter myself that I came as near to the central idea of the occasion, in two hours, as you did in two minutes." In fine condition, with minor age toning.