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BRIGADIER GENERAL ROGER A. PRYOR - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 10/03/1890 - HFSID 46891

Confederate Brigadier General Roger Atkinson Pryor signed this typed letter in 1890, thanking the Governor of New York for appointing him judge of the Court of Common Pleas. Typed letter signed "Roger A Pryor.". 1 page, 8x9½, carbon copy. New York City, Oct. 3, 1890.

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Condition: Fine condition
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ROGER ATKINSON PRYOR
Confederate Brigadier General Roger Atkinson Pryor signed this typed letter in 1890, thanking the Governor of New York for appointing him judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
Typed letter signed "Roger A Pryor.". 1 page, 8x9½, carbon copy. New York City, Oct. 3, 1890. In full: "My Dear Governor:- I acknowledge with unfeigned gratitude, the receipt of the Commission with which you have been pleased to honor me. If an untiring devotion to the duties of the office, and an earn-est endeavour to discharge them worthily, may avail to justify you selection, you shall have no cause to regret the appointment. very respectfully &c.". This letter may be in reference to Pryor's being named judge of the New York Court of Common Pleas (1890-1894). Pryor (1828-1919, born near Petersburg, Virginia) was a newspaper journalist and a fiery advocate of slavery, slave's rights and secession before being elected U. S. Congressman from Virginia's 4th District (1859-1861). He pressed for Virginia's secession early in 1861 and even urged an attack on Fort Sumter (although he declined the opportunity to fire the first shot on the fort, which started the American Civil War). He was a Virginian representative to the Confederate States Congress (1861-1862) before entering the war itself. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1862 and fought in the Peninsula Campaign in 1862, the Second Battle of Bull Run (Aug. 28 to 20, 1862) and the battle of Antietam (Sept. 17, 1862). Pryor resigned after a disagreement with Confederate President Jefferson Davis for higher field command. He re-entered the war as a private and was captured in 1864. After the war, he formed a prosperous law firm with former Union General Benjamin F. Butler and served on the New York Supreme Court (1894-1899). He was also a delegate to the 1876 Democratic National Convention. Lightly toned. Carbon copy marks. Irregular edges. Folded thrice and unfolded. Light nick in right edge along bottom fold. Otherwise in fine condition.

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