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    Daniel Webster Letter Signed. Three pages, recto and verso, 8" x 13", Washington; April 13, 1842. Composed while Webster was Secretary of State for John Tyler. In this lengthy letter addressed to Congressman Millard Fillmore, Webster discusses appropriations for the government's diplomatic expenses for 1842. It reads in part: " I have had the honor to receive your note of the 16 th February, enclosing a copy of the resolution of the House of Representatives, and requesting information thereon. In reply I have the honor to state that there are no officers employed by this Department who are not clearly provided for by law, independent of the appropriation acts, except the Superintendent and watchmen of the Northeast Executive Building..." Signed, " Danl Webster."

    On February 15, 1842, Tennessee Congressman Meredith Gentry had made a motion "that the Committee of the Whole on the state of the Union, to which said [appropriations] bill [No. 74] is committed, be instructed to strike out every clause or item of appropriation which is not authorized by existing laws." Fillmore then wrote to Webster. According to the "Journal of the House of Representatives," on April 14, 1842 (after Congressman Fillmore received Secretary of State Webster's reply to his February 16th letter), "Mr. Fillmore moved the following resolution, viz: Resolved, That all debate upon the bill of this House (No. 74) making appropriations for the civil and diplomatic expenses of Government which was taken up in Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union on the 8th day of February last, shall cease in said committee on Saturday next, at 12 o'clock meridian, and the committee shall proceed to vote on all amendments pending, or that may be offered to said bill, and then report the said bill and all amendments which may have been agreed to the House, unless the same shall be sooner reported to the House." The resolution passed 100-73. On Saturday, April 16, 1842, the appropriations bill passed the House and, on May 16th, the Senate; on May 18, 1842, President Tyler signed it into law. After succeeding to the presidency upon the death of President Taylor, Fillmore would name Webster his Secretary of State.

    Also included is an engraved portrait of Webster. 6.75" x 9.75".

    Condition: Minor smudging to last name of signature. Edges are curled and folded in places. String originally tying sheets together is still present. Portrait is lightly foxed and toned.

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