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    Autograph Letters Signed by Horace Greeley, Gideon Wells and Captain Samuel P. Lee, all addressed to George H. Beaman, various locations. George Beaman, a rising young journalist from Vermont, landed in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War and did not retire from uniform until 1899. Here are three letters addressed to Beaman by famous men of his day. The antebellum letter regards journalism whereas the subsequent letters are naval. The letters are as follows:
    Horace Greeley ALS,, one page, 5" x 8", New York, August 2, 1858. It reads:"I have yours of Saturday. Personally, I do not interfere with the foreign correspondence of our paper, Mr. Dana having exclusive control of it. If, however, I can say any word that can help you, I shall gladly do so." A supportive letter from the most powerful newspaperman of the day.
    Gideon Wells LS, one page, 8" x 10", Washington, D.C., May 7, 1862. Secretarially penned letter allowing Beaman to be examined for qualifications as Assistant Paymaster. Bold signature of Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy.
    Samuel Phillips Lee Letter Signed, "S. P. Lee", two pages on Mississippi Squadron letterhead, Mound City, Illinois, August 12, 1865. Beaman is released from the Squadron at war's end. The signatory, Samuel Phillips Lee was an acting rear admiral and Commander of the Mississippi Squadron. Although, a Virginian and kinsman to Robert Lee, he stayed true to the Union during the war. All letters enjoy light, even toning. A few minor stains, expected folds Fine condition.


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