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    Joseph E. Johnston Autograph Letter Signed "J. E. Johnston" to Senator Samuel B. Maxey of Texas. One page, 5.75" x 9", October 22, 1883, Washington, asking for a political appointment on behalf of an acquaintance. In part: "Col: John W. Glenn, who is a Texan and was a valuable officer of the Army of the Tennessee. As Engineer, is an applicant for the office of Supervising Architect, formerly occupied by Mr. [James] Hill. . . . I know him well. And am confident of his competence for the office mentioned. And beg you for such recommendation of him as you can give on the testimony of another."

    The Office of Supervising Architect, a U.S. Treasury Department agency from 1852 through 1939, designed federal buildings. After James G. Hill resigned as the agency head in 1883, Colonel Glenn was overlooked for the appointment, which instead went to Mifflin E. Bell. Samuel Maxey (1825-1895), an attorney from Paris, Texas, was chosen as a delegate to Texas' 1861 Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he was promoted to a Confederate brigadier general and served in Tennessee, Texas, and the Indian Territory. Following a post-war pardon, he was elected to two terms as senator. Maxey served under Confederate General Joseph Johnston (1807-1891) in Tennessee. This letter, which has been passed down through the descendants of Senator Maxey, is offered here with the transmittal envelope, from which the original stamp has been cut. The letter is on lined paper, toned, and in fine condition.


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