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    Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War under Lincoln, Autograph Letter Signed, one and one-half pages, 7.75 " x 9.75", on War Department letterhead, Washington, 26 April 1866, to Maj. Gen. [Henry W.] Halleck, who had been Lincoln's chief of staff. A personal letter, hinting at the contention between himself and President Andrew Johnson. "How often you are in my thoughts it would be bootless if possible to tell. The events . . . since we parted & . . . daily transpiring are as strange as what we passed through together. You are fortunately afar off and at peace, while I am still tugging at the oar as hopelessly & almost as painfully as a galley slave." Noting that the "newspapers tell you all, & more" he remarks that "the upshot you can guess at as well as anybody else. No one can do more." He thinks Congress will "pass no Army bill this session" and that the "St. Louis board appointed by Grant to regulate brevets has dissatisfied more than are pleased, but that result would follow any effort at promotion. I hoped to have the adjutancy for Scott, and succeeded at first, but it was countermanded by the President on the next day & given to Taylor." Reinforced on worn folds. fine.

    Provenance
    : Sang, lot 1317.


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    November, 2008
    20th Thursday
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