Autograph Letter Signed ‘Franklin Simmons’, to Miss Wells, saying he has just returned from America, giving news of her acquaintances there, describing his visit, hoping she can come to Rome, etc. 3½ pages 7 x 4 inches, fine. Rome, 24 December 1888. Uncommon. Franklin Bachelder Simmons (1839 – 1913), prominent American sculptor. Three of his statues are in the National Statuary Hall Collection, three of his busts are in the United States Senate Vice Presidential Bust Collection, and his statue of Ulysses S. Grant is in the United States Capitol Rotunda.