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    General Marcus A. Reno Autograph Letter Signed. One page, two-sided, 5" x 8", New York, December 24, 1885. Beleaguered by questions about his negligence in the Little Big Horn massacre and his second court martial over his repeated public drunkenness and behavior unbecoming an officer, Marcus Reno was convicted and dismissed from military service in 1880. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he was hired by the Bureau of Pensions as an examiner but soon found himself in financial straits. Hoping to reverse this trouble, Reno offered to write his memoirs for various publications. The New York Weekly Press rejected his offer. He then submitted an article about General John Mosby and a portion of his diary concerning the Battle of the Little Big Horn to I. R. Pennypacker, editor of the Philadelphia Weekly Press. The letter offered here is a follow up to his submission and reads in part: "Your favor of 23rd inst. rec'd. I mailed to your address on Monday the Completion of the manuscript of the account of the Custer massacre . . . such pages of my diary as in my opinion would prove interesting. You say nothing about my article on Mosby. I am now completing a history of the Cavalry Corps." Reno goes on to mention that his job with the Pension office prevents him from writing full time, and inquires about the possible publication of his submission and its value should it be published. This one-page letter appears to have originally been written on a two-page (folded with integral blank) sheet with the integral blank missing. The letter has been affixed to a heavy backing sheet and is in fine condition.

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