Three-page handwritten letter on a single sheet of United States Senate stationery, dated March 3rd, 1880, marked "Private," and addressed to H.P. Kimball, Esq. Some splits along the folds, otherwise very nice condition, in an easily legible hand. The beginning of the letter responds to a request from Kimball for Hampton's help in securing a position in Washington for his son. Hampton replies that he is happy to help but not hopeful that it will lead to anything, given the proximity to the next presidential election. The remainder of the letter relates to Democratic Party politics and the election: "I agree with you that our approaching struggle will be a more momentous one. We can win if we only exercise sound judgement. If Grant is nominated as I hope he will be, we can defeat him if we select a proper candidate. Any of the prominent men named on our side, except Tilden, can carry the South – his nomination would render seven of these states doubtful, with the chances against us greatly. We must take some man who can carry the North to insure us the victory. My own opinion is that Bayard is our strongest man and I believe that he can carry N.Y., N.J., Conn. and Mass. against Grant. Put a good man from Inda. on the ticket as Vice President and we can even carry that state. We should consult freely to find out who is the strongest man and then ignoring for the present all questions as to finance, go in resolved to win. The people and Congress will settle the financial question, but the country cannot be at peace till we gain a democratic administration. We of the South will support heartily any good man presented by the North and if we work together we shall win." The letter is signed "With my best wishes, I am very truly yours, Wade Hampton." Neither Grant nor Bayard ended up as their party's nominee in the 1880 contest, in which James Garfield defeated Winfield Scott Hancock. Wade Hampton III (1818-1902) was wealthy plantation owner who fought for the Confederacy as a Lt. General in the Civil War and served as Governor of South Carolina from 1876-79 and U.S. Senator from 1879-91.