As Secretary of War, he writes to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the
Autograph Letter Signed: "Simon Cameron", 1½p, 5x8, front and
verso. Harrisburg, 1864 November 6. To Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles.
In full: "The bearer, Mr. H.W. Peterson of Canada, is the son of an old
friend of mine, and is the nephew of the Late Senator Clayton of Delaware. I beg
for him your attention, and confidence in a matter he has to present to you. His
brother-in-law, a young gentleman, the son of the Sheriff, in a moment of
indiscretion, left his home and entered our navy where he has subjected himself
for a breach of discipline to come punishment which his family wish to save him
from. The consideration of his youth, and all the other circumstances which Mr.
P. will relate I hope you will be able to gratify them. I will only add, that
you can place full reliance in all that Mr. Peterson may represent to you."
SIMON CAMERON (1799-1889) and GIDEON WELLES were both in Lincoln's
Cabinet from March 5, 1861 until January 14, 1862, when Cameron was
succeeded by Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. Cameron served for a
brief time as U.S. Minister to Russia in 1862 before returning to the
U.S. and running unsuccessfully for the Senate. He had served as Senator from
Pennsylvania from 1845-1849 and 1857-1861. Cameron was later elected,
serving from 1867-1877. Welles was the only Secretary of the Navy under
Lincoln and Johnson, serving from 1861-1869. Cameron's fingerprints
appear throughout this letter as he did not let the ink dry. Lightly soiled.
Integral blank leaf reinforced with a mounting strip, else in fine
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