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    John Tyler Autograph Letter Signed as a U.S. Senator from Virginia. One and one-quarter pages, 8" x 9.5", Charles City, Virginia, August 26, 1829, requesting Navy Secretary John Branch to consider a friend of Senator Tyler for an appointment to Surgeon of the Marine Hospital. Age-toned paper with smoothed folds. Clearly written. The future tenth president writes in part:

    "I presume to address you on the subject of an appointment . . . which I allude is that of Surgeon of the Marine hospital recently erected in Norfolk, and the individual whom I recommend is my esteemed and highly valued friend Doctor John Minge of this county. Of him I speak with critical exactness when I say that he is upon every ground entitled to your favour. . . . Doctor Minge was one of the earliest supporters of General Jackson being his advocate in opposition to Mr. [William] Crawford, and that he still is a decided friend to the administration."

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