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He signs an 1841 autograph letter as US Senator advising the addressee not to alienate a Congressman by disputing a small commission, and forwards a signed ALS from a Treasury Department Auditor providing a rationale for this position.
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ALS: "James Buchanan" as U.S. Senator, 1 page, 8x10. Washington, 1841 February 24. To John Snyder. In part: "I gave your papers to General Hammond...He is sincerely friendly to you and from all the information I have been able to obtain, I think you had better not disturb the account which now seems to be finally settled for the sake of the small sum you might possibly obtain in commissions. Mr. Miller has sent me the annexed copy of his letter to Gen. H." Fragile and worn. Tanned at left and right edges. 3 torn file holes at left edge, which is nicked. Light browning at folds. Minor ink stains. ½-inch separation at upper right fold (all intact). (2) Accompanied by the ALS: "J. Miller" of Jesse Miller, 2p, front and verso, 8x10. Treasury Department, 1st Auditors Office, 1841 February 23. To Hon. R.H. Hammond, M.C. Jesse Miller's letter explains why SNYDER is not owed a commission for his services in connection with a departmental transaction. In part: "The legal right of the Accounting Office to make such revision may well be questioned, and if the power does exist it should be exercised with great discretion...I feel myself constrained to decline giving the credit now claimed...." Fragile left edge of first page and right edge of verso damp-stained. 1½x¼-inch paper loss at upper fold removing two words from front and portion of one word on verso. Nicked at edges. 3 file holes at left edge. Two-term Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman ROBERT H. HAMMOND (1791-1847) left Congress on March 3, 1841, just a week after this letter was written. A Brigadier General in the state militia, Hammond reentered the army and was killed in the Mexican War. JESSE MILLER (1800-1850) had served as Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman from 1833 until 1836 when he was appointed 1st Auditor of the Treasury Department by President Jackson, serving until 1842. Two items.

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Born: April 23, 1791 in Cove Gap, Pennsylvania
Died: June 1, 1868 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Born: Circa 1800 in Perry County, Pennsylvania
Died: August 20, 1850 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

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