Richard M. Johnson Autograph Letter Signed "Rh: M: Johnson," one page, 8" x 9.75". "City of W[ashington]," January 10, 1816. Recipient not identified. In part, "The Committee on Military Affairs have before them the subject of the Staff of the army. I understand from the Sec of War that he has written to you...The committee is desirous to act with promptness & of conveying any communication you can make from a long course of public service..." Richard M. Johnson, a colonel in the War of 1812 while serving in Congress, is credited by some historians with personally killing Indian Chief Tecumseh. He used this in his political career as he represented Kentucky in the House (1807-1819, 1829-1837) and Senate (1819-1829).He served as Van Buren's Vice President from 1837-1841. From the House Journal, February5, 1816: "Mr. Johnson, of Kentucky, from the committee on Military Affairs, reported a bill for organizing the general staff, and making further provision for the army of the United States, which was read the first and second time and committed to the committee of the whole House on the bill making provision for an additional military academy." The "additional military academy" was to be a naval academy which was eventually established at Annapolis 29 years later. The letter is water stained and toned, affecting its legibility. There are tears in the blank left margin. Penciled notations by a collector at top. In fair condition.

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