Autograph Letter to a fellow ship builder and militia officer (1817),
inviting him to a regimental review
Autograph Letter signed: "W. King", 16x10 opened, 8x10 folded.
Bath, (Massachusetts, soon to be Maine), 1817 October 6. To Moses
Carlton, in full: "We shall review the Regts. of Genl. Wright's
Brigade, commencing with Col. Read's Regt. at this place tomorrow. It will give
me pleasure to have you attend if convenient. Received your request for a
discharge but as it was during the last [1 word illegible] I thought it
better to forward it so that your [3 words illegible] remains the same.
With respects to Mrs. Carlton I remain your friend and humble servant."
Pencil note (unknown hand) at lower left. William King (1768-1852), a self-made
and self-educated merchant, ship builder and army officer, was Major
General of Volunteers in charge of the Maine district of Massachusetts during
the War of 1812, serving concurrently as a colonel in the US Army in charge
of recruiting there. Elected to several terms in the Massachusetts
legislature, King campaigned relentlessly for Maine's statehood, and became the
new state's first Governor (1820). President Monroe appointed him a
special envoy to Spain, with which he successfully negotiated a treaty
(1824) which kept the US from becoming embroiled in Mexico's war for
independence. Mailing folds. 1x1 piece torn-out and affixed to top of wax seal.
Ink note (unknown hand) at bottom left edge. Pencil note (unknown hand) lower
left edge of letter page. Toned and soiled at fold creases. Otherwise, fine
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MAJOR GENERAL WILLIAM KING
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