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    [Mexican War]. Group of Three George Talcott Items. General George Talcott (1786-1862) served as chief of ordnance from 1842 until 1851 and received a brevet commission to brigadier general in March 1849 for "meritorious services, particularly in relation to the Mexican War."

    This fabulous lot includes: [Samuel Walker]. Colonel George Talcott Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 8" x 10", "Ordnance Office / Washington," February 10, 1846. George Talcott served as Chief of Ordnance from 1842 until 1851. Shortly after Captain Samuel Walker collaborated with Samuel Colt to redesign the five-shot Colt Paterson revolver into a six-shot revolver known as the Colt Walker, Walker began trying to convince Lt. Col. Talcott and the Ordnance Department to provide the men in his company with the revolvers. Walker's efforts were successful-on December 7, 1846, the Ordnance Department, under the aegis of the War Department, ordered 1,000 Colt Walkers from Colt. The revolvers, however, did not arrive in Mexico until after Walker's death at the Battle of Huamantla in October 1847.

    This letter, written to a General Dearborn, concerns timber management and timber used for "Gun Carriages." In full: "I duly rec'd yours of 1st inst. with the enclosed article for which please accept my thanks with regard to the best season for cutting timber, I can only say that from impressions similar to yours (that the period of full vigor, when the sap regrows[?] to form leaves had been entirely devoted to that purpose.) I several years ago caused a large quantity of timber to be laid up-one half being cut at midsummer & the other in February-in order to decide the [. . . illegible]. No reports have been received as to the precise quality of the two kinds but before the end of this year-the timber will be used for Gun Carriages and we shall know is value." Previous collector's name is stamped (faintly) in the lower left corner, and penciled notations exist in the upper left corner.

    With a General George Talcott Autograph Letter Signed to "Genl. H[enry] A[lexander] S[cammell] Dearborn." One page, 7.75" x 9.75", Washington, December 17, 1849. This Ordnance Department letter contains orders from Talcott to Dearborn regarding artillery and material logistics. Dearborn (1783-1851) had served as a brigadier general during the War of 1812. Docketed on verso, with flattened folds. [and:] George Talcott Free Frank Signature, circa 1849. One page, 8" x 7.25", postmarked Washington D.C., June 23 [n.y.]. Talcott has placed his signature at the upper right corner on an address sheet addressed to "W. J. H. Weber Galena Illinois." Slight tears around the edges; light staining. Folds.

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    September, 2013
    21st Saturday
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