DescriptionWilliam H. Seward Letter Signed, 1 page, 5" x 7.75", Washington, 24 March 1858, to John S. Gould, Macedon, N.Y., transmitting a copy of the "Patent Office Report" and promising "from time to time...such documents as may be at my disposal", adding: "As soon as a new supply of the Kansas speech is received they shall be forwarded." Seward had spoken on "freedom in Kansas" three weeks before, partly in response to the pro-slavery Dred Scott decision. In the speech he vowed "we shall reorganize the [Supreme] Court and thus reform its political sentiments..." Inventory sticker affixed to verso of integral page, small pinholes at top corner, otherwise near fine.
Together with Frederick W. Seward Letter Signed "F.W. Seward" on Department of State letterhead, 1 page, 4to, , Washington, 19 February 1869, to H.B. Anthony (Senator from Rhode Island), advising on the cost of producing "'pamphlet laws' of each session", distributed by the Department of the Interior but paid for by the Department of State. Lewis Payne tried to shoot Frederick on the night of the Lincoln assassination, then clubbed him when the gun misfired, putting him into a coma that lasted for several days. Frederick was Assistant Secretary of State under his father. He had intercepted would-be assassin Lewis Payne near the elder Seward's bedroom door. Payne tried to shoot him, but when the pistol misfired, used it to cudgel him instead, inflicting wounds that were actually more life-threatening than those upon his father.
Also with a group of three telegrams (transmission copies) related to the assassination, sent from Washington by children of Secretary Seward, each about 1 page, 5" x 7.5", with telegrapher's dockets and handstamps. Includes: F[anny] A. Seward, in her own hand on monogrammed stationery, 17 April 1865, thanking Mrs. C.E. Huson of Rochester, N.Y. for a "very kind" offer, noting it "would hardly be necessary for you to take so long a journey. We all hope for the best now" (it has been alleged that the shock of the attempt on her father's life led to Fanny's early death, in 1866, when barely past her majority); W.H. Seward, Jr., 28 April 1865, to his wife, "Father & Frederick are both doing reasonably well. An additional fracture has been found in father's jaw & will be set tomorrow"; W.H. Seward, Jr., 1 May 1865, to his wife: "Frederick had another hemorrhage at three this morning, it was stopped with the loss of less blood than before. Father improves..." Usual folds, with minor separations thereat.
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