In happy news for the unnamed gentleman, James G. Blaine (1830-1893) lost to Democratic candidate Grover Cleveland in the 1884 Presidential election.
Stephen Benton Elkins was an American industrialist and political figure. Before this letter, Elkins served as a Member of the House of Representatives (1873-1877), and afterwards, he served as the Secretary of War (1891-1893) under Benjamin Harrison, and then as a Senator from West Virginia (1895-1911).
Charles E. Smith was an American journalist and politician who served as the U.S. Minister to Russia (1890-1892) and as the Postmaster General (1898-1902) under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.
The letter is written on two sides of a 10 7/8” x 8 3/8” sheet of Republican National Committee Headquarters stationery. Item #A01069.
Condition: Fold lines, a few ink smudges, a small triangle of toning on verso, otherwise in very good condition with a large, bold signature.