In this manuscript letter signed by W. Q. Gresham he discusses his failure to win the nomination for U.S. President in 1884 while serving as Postmaster General under President Chester A. Arthur: "being a member of the President's official household, I could not antagonize him"
Walter Quintin Gresham (1832 – 1895) Letter Signed, "W. Q. Grisham", 5.5 x 9, on "Post Office Department, Office of the Postmaster General, Washington, D.C." letterhead, June 10th, 1884, in part: "...I was not at all aggrieved, as far as I was personally concerned, at the result of the Chicago Convention: I had no expectation of being nominated. The conditions were not at all favorable being a member of the President's official household, I could not antagonize him....", by the American Civil War Union general in command of the 53rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry. The 53rd Indiana Infantry subsequently took part in Grant's Tennessee campaign of 1862, including the Siege of Corinth and Battle of Vicksburg. In August 1863, he was appointed brigadier general of volunteers, and was placed in command of the Federal forces at Natchez, Mississippi. In 1864, he commanded a division of the XVII Corps in Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, and before the Battle of Atlanta, on July 20, he received a gunshot wound to his knee that forced him to retire from active service, and left him lame for life. In 1865 he was appointed a brevet major general of volunteers. After the war he served as a Judge of the U.S. District Court of Indiana from 1869-1883, as Postmaster General of the United States and United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Chester A. Arthur and as United States Secretary of State under President Grover Cleveland. Gresham was a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1884 and 1888, in the latter year leading for some time in the balloting. Comes with the original mailing envelope addressed to D. M. Green Esq., Indianapolis, IN. Both items are in fine condition, with the usual mailing folds to the letter and light age toning.