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    Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk Autograph Letter Signed "Leonidas L Polk". One page, bifolia, integral free-franked address leaf, no text inside, 7.75" x 9.75", Ashwood, Maury County, Tennessee, October 31, 1844, to John Mason, Secretary of the Navy, Washington City, black ink. The letter is a recommendation for Polk's nephew Thomas. Written from his home, Polk's ALS reads, in part: "Dear Sir My nephew Thomas G. Polk is an applicant for a midshipmancy warranting he is a boy of fine constitution uncommonly bold and fearless and very desirous of serving his country in the Navy; My brother Dr. Polk seems anxious to gratify his son and it is at his request that I ask a favourable consideration of his application." The letter is signed "Leonidas L Polk". Very good condition, with usual folds, one small pin hole at top left, some wrinkling around the edges, and toning to the paper. Also, it has been taped on the spine to a large sheet of card stock, on which is written a short biography of Polk. A scarce ALS from "The Fighting Bishop" who met his maker at Pine Mountain, Georgia on June 14, 1864.

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    October, 2007
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