Written on a folded 8 ¼” x 10 ½” sheet watermarked LA CROIX FIBERS and signed by Rob. C. Winthrop, this personal letter (89.590HD) is rather difficult to read, so its contents are not here attempted. Addressed from 90 Marlborough St., on Friday Eve, 5 April, 1898, the letter is in excellent condition with an embossed ‘W’ at the upper left, there are two light marks from being pasted into an album. Winthrop was the Speaker of the House of Representatives from1847 to 1849 and was the last member of the Whig Party to hold that office. He was the U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1850-1851, succeeding Daniel Webster. Defeated for re-election, he was well known for his oratorical skills. From the late 19th-early 20th century Henry Howland collection, the letter comes in an acid free sleeve along with a listing of the autographs and paper still available from the Howland collection and with an old black and white lithograph of Winthrop.