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    General Joseph P. Taylor Autograph Letters Signed to Supreme Court Justice John McLean. Joseph P. Taylor was a Union general and President Zachary Taylor's brother. He served as Commissary General for most of the Civil War (later promoted to brigadier-general), heading the Subsistence Department. This lot contains two letters from Taylor to Supreme Court Justice John McLean.

    (1) Two pages, two-sided, with integral address leaf, 7.75" x 10", Louisville, March 4, 1831. Taylor sends a friendly letter filled primarily with news of family members, but ends with a discussion of the Choctaw Treaty, saying: "If it is the intention of the Department that I should be employed in removing the Indians I should much prefer entering on the duty immediately while the weather is cool." Light overall age toning; seal tear. Fine condition.

    (2) Three pages, two-sided, with integral address leaf, 7.75" x 10", Longwood, August 29, 1843. McLean's prominence as a justice on the Supreme Court led various political parties to consider him for the presidency; in 1836 (Whigs), 1848 (Liberty and Free Soil Parties), 1856 (Republican) and 1860 (Republican), although he never became a candidate. In this letter, General Taylor discusses McLean's possible nomination by the Whigs. In part: "The late elections in this state and the State of Indiana having resulted so disastrously to the prospects of Mr. Clay causes many of each political party to speculate as to the probable person who will be selected as the Whig candidate for President. . . . I have of late been approached by many persons of both political parties . . . and they have spoken of you in the most flattering manner." Lightly age toned; seal tear. Fine condition.


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    March, 2009
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