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    [Zachary Taylor] Five Letters, Plus One Enclosed Letter, all dated 1849 regarding Major John B. Butler, an early supporter of General Taylor for president. Major Butler had served under General Zachary Taylor during the Mexican War and became an early, fervid supporter of the general during the presidential campaign of 1848. Before Taylor's election, Butler was appointed as the U.S. Army paymaster at the Allegheny Arsenal in Pennsylvania. According to these letters, however, there was an effort for his removal which included slanders against his personal life and loyalty to the president. In this archive, Butler attempts to set the record straight and to convince President Taylor of his allegiance. These letters, all listed individually below, exhibit the usual age toning and minor foxing.

    1. "N. B. Crazy" Autograph Letter Signed. One page, Pittsburg, February 7, 1849, advising Major Butler "'not to be uneasy'" about his situation.
    2. Major John B. Butler Retained Copy (signed) of a letter addressed to Zachary Taylor. Two pages, Allegheny Arsenal, Pennsylvania, March 28, 1849. The major confronts his accusations head on to the president. "I am told that among other things it is reported that I was sent to Mexico to be a spy upon you . . . that I assailed you in the newspapers and that I subscribed $150.00 in order to defeat your election' &c. &c. Now Sir, I think I need not say to you that this is not so. . . . I have no idea that they can make you believe that I entertain other than the highest respect for you personally." Butler continued by asking President Taylor to not allow Secretary of War George Crawford to dismiss him because of these false slanders, but to "authorise some one to say to the Secretary of War, that you wish him to let . . . [illegible] Butler alone." Accompanying this letter is an enclosed letter written to President Taylor's personal secretary, Colonel William W. S. Bliss, asking him to "hand the enclosed to the President, or to read it to him."
    3. Major David Hunter Autograph Letters (two) Signed, totaling five pages written from Washington. Hunter apprises Major Butler on March 31, 1849, that he will visit "Gen. Taylor: the old man is the same unaffected straight forward old soldier we found him at Monterey - You need not give yourself a moments uneasiness - every thing will be O.K. to a certainty." After speaking to the president two days later, Hunter informs Butler that Taylor "bid me write you not to trouble yourself in the least, that he understood the case perfectly, and that you might rest perfectly easy."
    4. Robert Riddle Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, Washington, April 7, 1849, informing Major Butler that during a conversation, the president had called Butler "an old friend of his" and told Riddle to "'tell him he is safe.'"
    5. John Butler Retained Copy of a Manuscript Signed to Major Hunter. Two pages, docketed on verso on March 16, 1849. In this manuscript, Butler defends his reputation and his loyalty to President Taylor. "I am the best Paymaster and Mil. Store keeper that has ever been at this post!"


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