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    James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed as the fifth president. One page, 7.5" x 9.5" (sight), November 21, 1821, Washington, D.C., to "Ch: Fenton Mercer", asking for a real estate favor for former New Jersey Senator John Rutherfurd. In part: "Mr. Rutherford, formerly a Senator of the U.States from Jersey, & with whom I had the pleasure to serve, & for whom I have great respect & esteem, will present to you this letter. He has an interest at Snigger's Gap, beyond the mountain, in some land which I understand belonged to your uncle Colonel George Mercer, now in the occupancy of a Mr. Cashman, which forms the motive of his visit thither at this time. It occurred to me that you might be able to give him useful information on that subject, & being well satisfied that you would take an interest in rendering any service in your power, to so respectable & worthy a character, I offered to give him this introduction to you."

    Snigger's Gap, also known as William's Gap and Snicker's Gap, was a Native American trail long before it became the beginning of the first stone paved road built by the U.S. Government in the early nineteenth century. The land at Snigger's Gap which President Monroe inquires about was very valuable. When this letter was written, the recipient, Charles Fenton Mercer, had been a Virginia congressman for four years. Later from 1831-1839, he served as chairman of the Committee on Roads and Canals. In addition to being a politician, John Rutherfurd was also a land surveyor often employed by the U.S. government. The letter is matted and framed with an image of President Monroe to an overall size of 19.5" x 17". Though it has not been examined outside of the frame, age toning and some discolorations near the edges can be seen. Very good.


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