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GEORGE BANCROFT - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/11 - DOCUMENT 3061

 

GEORGE BANCROFT
The founder of the United States Naval Academy sends a humorous handwritten letter that features his signature
Autograph Letter Signed: "Geo Bancroft", 2p, 4½x7, separate sheets. No place, but probably Washington, D.C., no year, November 11. In full: "I was at your door right just one half hour ago. He is gone out fifteen minutes ago: said the maiden who opened the door. Where to? To Wormley's for breakfast. Sch Scene changes. At Wormley's. Is senator E here for his breakfast? He left five minutes, just five minutes ago. Scene changes. At the Club? Is Senator Edmunds a member of our club? Answer Yes. So in you the pursuer, hunts for Senator E. over the morning paper, till the clerk of the club comes saying: That Mr Edmunds is not a member of the club. Briefly: Henry Adams, just from Japan, promises to meet you today, this eleventh of Nov., at my house, at six o'clock, to dine with you. Be punctual. No refusal: or I shall send the proper officer of the Senate-today, dinner at six." Fine condition. With original envelope, 4½x3¾, signed: "Geo Bancroft". Addressed by Bancroft to: "Mr. Senator Edmunds". Fine condition. GEORGE F. EDMUNDS (1828-1919) represented Vermont in the U.S. Senate from April 3, 1866 until his resignation on Nov. 1, 1891. He served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1883 to 1885 when, with no Vice President after Garfield's assassination, he was next in line to the Presidency. He was also a member of the Electoral Commission that decided the hotly contested election of 1876 - a squeaker with only one electoral vote between Republican victor Rutherford B. Hayes and Democratic Samuel J. Tilden, who won the popular vote. 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). Two items.


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





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