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AMOS KENDALL - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 01/21/1850 - HFSID 17155

AMOS KENDALL Signed Autograph Letter (1850), reassuring an investor that interest and principal on some telegraph company bonds will be paid when due Autograph Letter signed: "Amos Kendall", 1 page, 6¾x6½. Washington, D.C., 1850 January 21. To Amos Willett, New York.

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Condition: lightly creased
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AMOS KENDALL
Signed Autograph Letter (1850), reassuring an investor that interest and principal on some telegraph company bonds will be paid when due
Autograph Letter signed: "Amos Kendall", 1 page, 6¾x6½. Washington, D.C., 1850 January 21. To Amos Willett, New York. In full: "In reply to your letter of the 17th inst., I have to state that the interest will be paid on the bonds of the Washington & New Orleans Telegraph Company held by you on their presentation to me with your receipt for the interest due. There can be no reasonable doubt, that the interest on those bonds will be paid hereafter punctually when due, and that the bonds themselves will be discharged when due or before. Very respectfully". Kendall (1789-1869) was a member of President Andrew Jackson's "Kitchen Cabinet," a group of advisers who met with him unofficially in the kitchen or rear of the White House to discuss public affairs. He was one of the most capable political writers in Washington and wrote some of Jackson's ablest state papers. Amos Kendall became Jackson's Postmaster General in 1835 and stayed on through three years of Van Buren's administration until he retired in May of 1840. John Quincy Adams went so far as to call Presidents Jackson and Van Buren, "the tool of Amos Kendall, the ruling mind of their dominion." Retired from active politics, Kendall enjoyed nearly equal success as a businessman in joint telegraph ventures with Samuel F. B. Morse after 1845.Top and left edge cut irregularly. Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Ink smeared at "Willett". Paper residue (previous mounting) on verso with light show-through at lower left. Ink note (unknown hand) identifying Kendall as postmaster at lower left. Soiled and lightly creased.

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