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Handwritten letter from land commissioner Graham saying he received a previous letter from an associate, and further sending his well wishes to him and his wife
Autograph letter signed: "Geo. Graham", in black ink, 8x10. January 31, 1817. In part: "Dear Sir, Your letter was duly received and in compliance with your regent. I endear your [illegible] letter which was advertised by the Post Master at the place - [illegible] much that my employment here, here so entirely confined me, that I have not had an opportunity to visit Mrs. Cockburn + yourself - you will be so obliging as to remember me affectionately to her as well". GEORGE GRAHAM (1772-1830), a lawyer in Fairfax County, Virginia, was commander of the Fairfax Light Horse during the War of 1812. He was Chief Clerk of the War Department (1814-1816) and interim Secretary of War (1816-1817). He served on an Anglo-American joint commission to settle claims arising from the War of 1812 (1815). He was President of the Washington Branch of the Bank of the United States (1819-1823) before serving as Commissioner of the General Land Office for the rest of his life. Multiple folds. Toned, esp. heavy on verso. Top right fold torn. Small tears where folds meet. Light surface creases. Corners lightly worn and creased. Ink notes (unknown hand) on verso. Ink stamps on verso. Faint stains. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: Circa 1772 in Dumfries, Virginia
Died: August 9, 1830 in Washington, District of Columbia

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