Lot 156 of 395:
Autograp Note, unsigned from Jessie Benton Fremont  

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Autograph Note, unsigned - Humorous and cryptic note about her son and in-laws

Fremont, Jessie Benton





Autograph Note, unsigned. 2 pp. 4½x7".

Cryptic and humorous content: “Scene / Breakfast room / 343 W. 34 / Mrs. Townsend (reading a letter) speaks – Now Lizzie, I knew it. Here is Mrs. Fremont writing again for that list. Mrs. [Totten?] Well – (? ? ?) Between the stools, one falls to the ground [sketch] Remedy – Try one [sketch] the old (!) original Mrs. T. for the list I must have. [On verso] My young people write most to 343 so I look for Carrie’s impressions [des?] great West from her home people. All goes well. I am sure or I would hear specially. Frank has written me once. I do not count on his returning sanity for some time ahead yet.”  Refers to her son, Francis Preston Fremont (“Frank”) who had dropped out of West Point in 1876 because of incipient tuberculosis, but still  received an Army commission while his father was Governor of Arizona (1878-81). In November 1883, he married Carrie Townsend, the daughter of John Townsend, a California Forty-Niner in his youth, who became a prominent New York attorney and state legislator.  The Townsends lived at 343 West 34th Street, the address mentioned in Mrs. Fremont’s note. So this note possibly refers to the aftermath of Frank Fremont’s wedding, which was held at the Townsend home – followed by a reception for 2,000, including such notables as former President Grant.

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A bit of yellowing; very good.

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