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Two weeks before Congress launched the investigation which would lead to his resignation and impeachment, the Secretary of War signed this transmittal letter to the Attorney General.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Wm. W. Belknap" as Secretary of War, 2 pages, 7¾x10½. War Department, Washington City, 1876 February 4. On official letterhead ""To the Honorable the Attorney General" [Edwards Pierrepont], in full: "The reply to your letter of August 16, 1875, requesting certain information in the case of Richard R. Corson vs. the United States (No. 6837) now pending in the Court of Claims, I have the honor to transmit the accompanying papers furnished by the Acting Quartermaster General of the Army, to whom your communication was referred for report, and to invite attention to the indorsement of that officer upon your letter herewith returned. [Item not included] Very respectfully, your obedient servant". William Worth Belknap (1829-1890) served bravely and effectively in the Civil War, wounded at Shiloh, and participating in the Battle of Corinth, the siege of Vicksburg, and Sherman's march through Georgia. He 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. Corners and edges worn and lightly creased. Toned. Multiple mailing folds. Light surface creases. Heavy staining on blank page. Slight staining on folds of letter. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: September 22, 1829 in Newburgh, New York
Died: October 13, 1890 in Washington, District of Columbia

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