New Bedford [MA]: July 16 '74.
3pp. pen and ink on paper. 8-1/8 x 5-1/4 inches bi-fold. Old fold, fine. Item #316179
A heartfelt letter reading in part: “You ought not to have been required to turn away from your thoughts for a moment from the all engrossing subject that fills them - perhaps it is bette thus… There is nothing like it in the world of bereavement & charge - a father’s loss of a promising son…”
Providence, Rhode Island native, John Henry Clifford (1809-1876) was the 21st Governor of Massachusetts (the first governor of that state not born there) and served as the state’s attorney general from 1849-1853, where he gained notoriety as the lead prosecutor during the gruesome and and sensational Parkman-Webster murder trial.