[ALS] William M. Evarts Declines the Invitation to Speak at the Boston Latin School.
Windsor, VT: 1881.  pp. Bifolium. 5 x 7.5 inches. Very good, faint marginal soiling. Item #44277
Dated Windsor, Vermont, October 25, 1881, and written on"Runnemede" stationary, the name of his summer estate, William M. Evarts expresses his regret to President of the Latin School Association, Charles K. Dillaway, for declining the invitation to speak at this school engagement.
William Maxwell Evarts (1818-1901) was an alumni of the Boston Latin School, who went on to serve as Attorney General, Secretary of State, and later as a U.S. Senator from New York. At the time of this letter he had just left his position as Secretary of State for Rutherford B. Hayes: "I am expecting to resume my professional employments without delay and my experience has shown me the embarrassment that arises from engagements made so far in advance as to make it impossible to foresee impediments that may prove insurmountable..."