1884 S. B. Elkins Writes About British Fear of James G. Blaine Being Elected President

1884  S. B. Elkins Writes About  British Fear of James G. Blaine Being Elected President
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Description: In this 1884 letter Stephen Benton Elkins (1841-1911) writes to Charles Emory Smith (1842-1908) about a conversation he had with a gentleman fresh from London who returned with news that “England is very fearful of Blaine’s election, and wants to prevent it if possible, on the ground of his great ability and his power to restrain her from extending her commercial supremacy in this hemisphere.” Elkins elaborates: “The British object to Mr. Blaine because he is so ‘intensely American.’”
 
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.