WILLIAM W. BELKNAP
William W. Belknap sends an autograph letter forwarding
Autograph Letter signed: "Wm. W. Belknap", 1p, 5½x8¾. On
stationery of his law office. New York, New York, 1887 May 27. To J. L.
Buttre, New York. In full: "Yours of 26th with contract has been
received. This is the one, I believe, which Mr. Van Nostrand published in the
"rocrds of the Rebellion". I enclose one which will be in the 15th Iowa history.
It was made in Chicago, & is copied from the Government impressing which I
also enclose. Yours truly." Enclosures not present. A Union brigadier
general in the Civil War, Belknap (1829-1890) became President Grant's Secretary
of War on October 25, 1869, succeeding William Tecumseh Sherman. Belknap was
charged with corruption in office, admitted receiving bribes for the
appointment of Indian post-traders and resigned from the Cabinet on March 7,
1876. He was impeached by the House of Representatives and was tried by the
Senate. On August 1, 1876, Belknap was acquitted on the technical ground
of lack of jurisdiction because he was no longer a government official. Ink
has transferred lightly from another page, not affecting legibility. ½-inch
stain along lower edge, near but not touching signature. Otherwise, fine
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