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    James Buchanan conclusion of Autograph Letter Signed "James Buchanan" as Secretary of State, one page, 8" x 3.5", [Washington, 1845-1846], to "Hon George Bancroft/Secretary of the Navy." Bancroft was Polk's Secretary of the Navy from March 11, 1845, until September 9, 1846. This being the last paragraph of an ALS from Polk's Secretary of State (1845-1849) to his colleague in the cabinet. In full, "Mr. Baker's letter now on file had, I supposed, fully established this fact. I mentioned it to you repeatedly in conversation. If you desire further proof, I will have Mr. Baker's respectable neighbours examined on oath. I regret that both you & myself have had so much trouble concerning the appointment of a grand-son of Commodore Truxton as a midshipman in the Navy." At least two of Commodore Thomas Truxton's grandsons were at one time Navy midshipmen, Edward Fitzgerald Beale and William T. Truxton. A French collector has penciled Buchanan's name in the lower left corner and, in the lower center, Buchanan's birth and death years "né 1791 + 1868." Light soiling at left and lower portion. Partial separation of mid-vertical fold at lower bank edge. Overall, very good.

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