1882 · Maine
Writing to "Hon. F. Haines," Hamlin explains that he has "no time to look over files of letters to see what I can find that you would want." He's "very busy in getting our house in order." He will take a look when he finishes that task, but advises, "I have parted with all that I could spare of Prest. Lincoln and have none from Hayes."
He promises to review his "many letters from such persons as you name, but the difficulty will be in finding just such as I would deem proper to make public. But I will see what I can do. I do not think it necessary at all for you to come here. Yours truly H. Hamlin."
Haines [1840-1925] was a successful businessman, and developed an impressive side business in coins and other collectibles. The Library of Congress owns a few of the correspondence between the two men. Hamlin, of course, was Abraham Lincoln's first Vice President and an early Republican. He was dumped from the 1864 ticket in favor of Andrew Johnson. (Inventory #: 36689)