Bradford, N.H., July 19, 1889. One leaf folded to make four pages, 8 x 5 inches, approx. 400 words. Small clear tape repairs to the upper margins (not affecting text), with a little browning on the first page; in very good condition. Item #9950
Written during Brackett's successful campaign for Governor of Massachusetts, a stinging reply to a rumor regarding promises of patronage: "You refer to the rumor which you state is being circulated in regard to my having promised the position of Police Commissioner of Boston to Hon. C. J. Noyes, I wish to say that I have not promised, directly or indirectly, by word or by implication, that position to him or to any one else." Brackett continues in this vein for the balance of the letter, denying any instances of quid pro quo, including reference to his tenure as Speaker in the Massachusetts House; he closes with the complaint, "I wish the reporters in their political gossip would report my denial of any such promises or alliances." Brackett may have been too principled for his political good, serving only one term as Governor and losing his re-election bid in 1891.