Finding Katahdin Document Packets, Chapter 9, Section 3
Chapter 9, page 274-276.
By the late 1800s, James Blaine was one of the most powerful Republican politicians in the country.
This 1888 letter, written by Andrew van Bibber of Ohio, confirms Blaine's popularity and notes that "there are thousands in the west who will wade twenty miles through mud to vote for him."
The document also mentions tariff reform, and indicates that without Blaine in the presidential race, the outcome for Republicans is doubtful.