Mar 19, 2015 - Sale 2376

Sale 2376 - Lot 36

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
TRYING TO REMOVE THE BULLET FROM PRESIDENT GARFIELD BELL, ALEXANDER GRAHAM. Two Autograph Letters Signed, to President Garfield's private secretary J. Stanley Brown. The first, reporting positive results from tests and requesting example bullets of the same size as the one to be removed from the President. The second, requesting tickets to the late President's funeral. Each 1 page, 8vo, the first on "Volta Laboratory" stationery, the other on mourning stationery; each with loss to the upper edge affecting a few words in the address of second letter. (TFC) Washington, 15 July; 22 September 1881

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July 15: "Experiments made last night with Induction Balance very promising. Please send two bullets same size as that in President's body. Keep newspaper correspondents away from my laboratory if possible."
September 22: "If you will kindly send me a few tickets of admission to the Rotunda for the funeral you will oblige one of the sincerest mourners of the late President."
After the assassination attempt on President Garfield on July 2, Bell offered to help extract the bullet that was lodged in the President's back by means of an electro-magnetic device. By the time the device was ready for use, the President's physicians refused to allow it to be employed because of their patient's weakness.