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Description: This somewhat sassy letter directed to Daniel C. Baker, Esq. was penned and signed by Josiah Quincy (1772-1864) on February 4, 1843 while he was serving as the President of Harvard University. Quincy writes: “Sir I acknowledge your politeness, and although I do not exactly appreciate the value of your object, I do not feel myself at liberty to deny your request.”

Before Josiah Quincy III was appointed President of Harvard, he had a successful political career serving as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1805-1813) and as the second Mayor of Boston (1823-1828). The historic Quincy Market in Boston is named after him. He was also a founding member of the American Antiquarian Society.

9 5/8″ x 7 3/4″. Item #A01231

Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition with a large, bold signature.