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    [John McLean] Nathaniel C. McLean Autograph Letters (Two) Signed, together with two letters from "Nat [A. McLean]" to his uncle, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice John McLean. The two Nathaniel C. McLean letters are dated 1852 from Fort Snelling, Minnesota Territory. In these letters, McLean reports on a trip among the "upper treaty Indians" accompanied by Minnesota's first territorial governor, Alexander Ramsey. McLean, responsible for $100,000 to be paid as the Indians' annuity, was concerned about the bribes and "trickery" used by "half breeds" and traders to get the money. In an earlier letter that year (included in this lot), McLean wrote that he considered himself "the guardian of the Indian, to see that he has justice and I have to cut and slash on all sides it is impossible to please them all and do my duty to the Indians, so my effort is to try and do rides let the consequences be what they may." Nathaniel C. McLean (1815-1905) was the son of John McLean. Later during the Civil War, he served as a colonel in an Ohio infantry regiment. He saw action in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley Campaign against Stonewall Jackson, at the Second Bull Run, at Chancellorsville, and with William T. Sherman during the Carolina Campaign. The two remaining letters, written by a nephew of John McLean (dated 1850 and 1852) contain information on California and national politics. All letters are in fine condition.

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    February, 2010
    11th-12th Thursday-Friday
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