Rare "Official Letter of State" regarding international travel
Place Published: Washington, D.C.
Date Published: 1917
Description: 2 pages (front and back) on "The Vice-President's Chamber" letterhead, 9 x 7 inches, Washington, D.C., September 8, 1917, with a free-franked envelope. Written to "American Representatives Abroad," vouching for an American citizen who wishes to travel abroad to Russia, in full: "The bearer of this letter is Mr. Oliver M. Sayler, of Indianapolis, Indiana, an esteemed citizen and reputable newspaper man, who is traveling in Japan and Russia in the interest of his profession. Courtesies extended to him will be worthily bestowed." Sayler was a journalist from Marshall's home state of Indiana. He arrived in Russia on October 11, 1917 -- the very day that the Bolshevik Central Committee voted 10 - 2 in favor of Lenin's demand to seize power. On the back of this document appears a type-script of Marshall's letter in Russian along with the Russian Imperial wax seal and passport adhesive-stamp dated October 11, 1917, confirming Sayler's arrival in Russia. Small tears along the center folds; very good(-) condition.
Comments: American Democratic politician who served as the 28th Vice-President of the United States under Woodrow Wilson. He also served as Governor of Indiana.Signed: Y
Book ID: 224221