AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM THE WIDOW OF SENATOR STEPHEN A. DOUGLAS, TO HONORABLE JOHN WISE [1846-1913], ADVISING THAT "GENL. WILLIAMS IS ABSENT FROM THE CITY BUT WILL RETURN IN A FEW DAYS WHEN HE WILL HAVE THE PLEASURE TO CALL ON YOU. IN THE MEAN TIME IF YOU HAVE EVEN AN IDLE HOUR WE WOULD BE GLAD TO SEE YOU AT OUR HOME AS YOUR NAME HAS BECOME ONE OF ADDED INTEREST TO US THROUGH YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH THE SAD TRAGEDY WHICH THREW SO MUCH UNHAPPINESS AROUND OUR HOME CIRCLE IN VIRGINIA. | VERY SINCERELY YOURS | ADELE CUTTS WILLIAMS."

Chicago: [1888]. Single page, vertical fold. Very Good.

[offered with] Williams, Robert: AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, FROM ADELE CUTTS DOUGLAS WILLIAMS'S HUSBAND, TO HON. JOHN S. WISE OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA, EXPRESSING UNHAPPINESS AT BEING UNAVAILABLE WHEN WISE WAS PRESENT IN CHICAGO. "I HAVE BEEN VERY UNWELL SINCE MY RETURN FROM THE WEST ... IT WOULD HAVE AFFORDED ME GREAT PLEASURE TO HAVE MADE YOUR ACQUAINTANCE INDEPENDENTLY OF THE OPPORTUNITY IT WOULD HAVE AFFORDED ME TO TALK OVER WITH YOU THE SITUATION OF THE BARBOUR CASE ... MRS. WILLIAMS ENJOYED YOUR VISIT EXCEEDINGLY ... R. WILLIAMS." July 20, 1888. Single leaf, on personal stationery with "R. Williams, U.S.A. | Pullman Building | Chicago" printed in red type in upper left corner. Page [1] is filled with Williams's ink manuscript, plus six lines on page [2]. Very Good.

John Wise was the son of Virginia Governor and politician Henry Wise, a Confederate officer during the Civil War. John, a VMI cadet, fought for the Confederacy at the Battle of New Market; Williams was a Virginian who fought for the Union.
"Adele Cutts was the daughter of James Madison Cutts, a government official, and Ellen (O'Neale) Cutts. Tall, with striking features and chestnut hair, her beauty, intellect, and personality made her a leading belle in Washington society. In early 1856, Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861) of Illinois, who was then a widower with two sons, met Adele Cutts and on November 20, 1856, they were married. From this union they had one daughter, but the child survived for only a few months. Senator Douglas was defeated in the Presidential election of 1860 and died of natural causes on June 3, 1861. In 1865, Adele Cutts Douglas met Capt. (later Gen.) Robert Williams, U.S.A., and they married in January 1866. They lived for many years in army posts in the West and had six children. Two of their sons served in the army and their eldest daughter married an army officer" [Find a Grave on line].
"Five years after Stephen Douglas' death, Adele remarried Captain Robert Williams, a career army officer from Virginia who had remained loyal to the Union. She took on the life of an army wife, and raised their six children in the western territories. Williams ended his long career in 1893 as Adjutant General of the Army" [Flickr on line].
"The Barbour Case," a much-publicized murder trial in Culpeper, Virginia, was probably the "sad tragedy" to which Adele's Letter referred. "One of the most desperate and deadly shooting affrays that ever happened in this vicinity occurred here this morning, between Edwin Barbour, editor of the Piedmont Advance, and Ellis B. Williams, son of Governor Williams, editor of the Culpeper Exponent, resulting in the death of Williams and the serious wounding of Barbour" [Article, 'From Pens to Pistols, at online Central Rappahannock Regional Library']. Item #37887

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