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    Rutherford B. Hayes Autograph Letter Signed. One page with integral blank, 5" x 8", Columbus, Ohio, June 20, 1876. Shortly after receiving the nomination for Republican presidential candidate, Hayes wrote this thank you letter to the wife of A. H. Markland, General Superintendent of the Mails of the Army of the Republic during the Civil War. It reads in full: "My Dear Mrs. Markland: We suspect your husband used your name without special authority, but not doubting that you would have sent the congratulations, I heartily thank you for them, and join with Mrs. H. in sending you and the General our kindest regards. Sincerely, R.B. Hayes." Uneven toning, otherwise good.

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    Colonel Absalom Markland, a native of Kentucky, was a special agent of the Post Office Department on Grant's staff, as well as a personal friend to the general. The two had met in their early teens as classmates at Maysville Seminary in Kentucky. Prior to the Civil War, Markland had studied law and migrated to Washington, D.C., in 1849 and became a government official in the Office of Indian Affairs. Abraham Lincoln appointed him a special agent in the Post Office Department. His initial assignment was to investigate the loyalty of postmasters to the Union, but General Grant soon assigned him charge of mail delivery for his Army of the Tennessee. At Grant's urging, Markland transformed the slow, inefficient mail delivery to Grant's troops into a prompt, efficient service that consequently helped improve morale. According to Allen Thorndike Rice's book, Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time (1886), Markland had the rare distinction of being "the only person besides President Abraham Lincoln and General U. S. Grant who ever had authority to pass at will through all the armies of the United States, thereby showing the confidential relations between the President, General Grant and himself" (North American Publishing Company, 629).

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