Description: Sherman hastily dashed off this invitation to his good friend and frequent theatre companion, Margaret Middleton, in December of 1887 (he does not write the year, but identifies the date as a Tuesday, and notes that he writes from his temporary abode at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, making it possible to discern the year). "Dear Miss Margaret, I have a box for the Star Theatre tonight - Can you go if I call about 7 pm this evening - Please send me word." He signs off, as he often does, "Yours truly, W.T. Sherman"
Written on a single page of ruled writing paper. The full sheet measures approximately 9.25" x 11" when unfolded. Also included here is the transmittal envelope; there is no stamp or cancellation; rather, he notes in the lower left corner that it is to be delivered by messenger and that an answer is expected. It is addressed in Sherman's hand. Item # A00998
William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891) served in the US military for a number of years before resigning to spend more than a decade as a banker, businessman, and superintendant of a military academy. He rejoined the military for the US Civil War, becoming one of its most famous generals for leading Union troops across the south in "scorched earth" campaigns. After the War he continued his military career and was promoted to General of the Army, his troops primarily fighting Native Americans along the wagon trails and railroads. In retirement, he was a constant presence at New York's theatres, lectures, and galleries, and also occasionally thrilled audiences at speaking engagements.
Margaret Lee Middleton (1848-1921) was a Manhattan socialite, who was a skilled and respected genealogist and librarian for many years. She also dedicated a portion of her time to work with charitable organizations. Like Sherman, she was an aficionado of theatre and the arts. Although she was nearly three decades younger than Sherman, the two struck up a close relationship in the 1880s based on their common interests, and often attended events together. It seems they may have been introduced by mutual friend, Mary Thompson Hunt, whose 1884 death brought them closer.
Condition: Sherman did not wait for the ink to dry before folding his letter, so there is offsetting on the blank lower third of the first page and the fourth page. One of the folds runs through the signature. Otherwise in good condition, and could be very nicely displayed.