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    Gideon Welles: A War-Date Letter Signed and a Post-War Autograph Letter. Two for the price of one, but both as Secretary of the Navy, as follows: 1) Letter Signed, as Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy, 8" by 10", on Navy Department letterhead, Washington, June 22, 1864; to Naval Paymaster General George L. David at the strategically positioned Cairo, Illinois Navy Yard. Bearing a stamp on the verso of the integral 4th leaf, "Respectfully forwarded David D. Porter Rear Admiral" below which appears a handwritten date, "June 22, 1864." In very fine condition, albeit with a few pencil dealer notations at bottom right corner. With typed transcription. In full: "Your letter of the 15th instant has been received. Your clerk will be allowed his actual necessary travelling expenses from Brooklyn, N.Y. [home to another Navy Yard] to Cairo." 2) Autograph Letter Signed, as Johnson's Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 5" by 8" inches, Hartford, February 26, 1876. To the New York publisher firm of Sheldon & Co. In fine condition, albeit a barely visible internal tear has been repaired on verso, and there are mounting traces on verso as well. With typed transcription. Here the ex-journalist and great diarist orders books: "...The 'Memoirs of J.Q. Adams' are not yet complete, I believe, but I wish to get the volumes so far as published. If the 1st Vol is out of print I must take such as I can get." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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    February, 2006
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