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    Document Signed by William H. Seward as Secretary of State. Two pages including integral blank, 4to, on "Department of State" letterhead, Washington DC, December 12, 1861. On Christmas day, Secretary of State William H. Seward sent the following letter to President Lincoln: "My dear Sir: The Department has been advised by telegraph this morning of the safe arrival of the United States steamer De Soto at Fortress Monroe. The De Soto is one of the steamers which was reported to have been lost in the hurricane at St. Thomas. Faithfully yours, William H. Seward." The De Soto was used by the Union Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries. Minor soiling at edges. Ink spot at lower right corner. Fine.


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