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The historian wrote this letter from Newport, Rhode Island in 1863, telling the recipient how to find a requested letter.
ALS: "Geo. Bancroft", 1p, 3½x5¼. Newport, R.I., 1863 June 23. To unknown recipient. In full: "My dear Sir, The letter you wish to see is in New York on a shelf in the South East side of my front Library. Had Mr Davis consulted my index, it would have told the volume precisely. I think it one of a series of letters sewed into a yellow Pasteboard cover, not bound in leather.Yours truly" Historian George Bancroft (1800-1891) is best known for his ten-volume History of the United States (1834-1873). Bancroft wrote well, and was accurate with his facts, but had a partisan viewpoint. (He was a Jacksonian Democrat, although one opposed to slavery). As President James K. Polk's first Secretary of the Navy (1845-1846), Bancroft established the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, finding the funds for the institution in his budget before Congress had authorized its creation. As Acting Secretary of War (1846), he issued orders to General Zachary Taylor to advance into territory disputed with Mexico, a move which triggered the Mexican War. He later served as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain (1846-1849), Prussia (1867-1871) and Germany (1871-1874). Lightly creased. Stained at upper portion. Mounting remnants on verso of integral leaf (no show through). Fine condition.

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Born: October 3, 1800 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Died: January 17, 1891 in Washington, District of Columbia

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