CHARLES DEVENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 07/07/1878 - HFSID 174737
Sale Price $288.00
Charles Devens sends an autograph letter rescheduling a dinner.
Autograph letter signed: "Chas Devens", 1¼p, 4¾x7¾. Washington, D. C. 1878 July 7.To: "My dear Mr. Middleton". In full: "I am much obliged by your withdrawal of your invitation to dinner for the 14th. I have sent invitations to all the gentlemen on your list who were not on service- I shall have great pleasure in dining with you on the 19th allow to hope that I may count on you for the 19th. Yours most truly" Charles Devens (1820-1891), who was first offered a Cabinet post as Hayes' Secretary of War, declined the appointment, serving instead as Attorney General (1877-1881). During the Civil War, Devens was Brigadier-General in the Massachusetts State Militia and was chosen Major of the 3rd Battalion of Massachusetts Rifles, seeing action at Ball's Bluff, Fair Oaks, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was brevetted Major Generalfor gallantry and good conduct at the capture of Richmond. His political career included two terms in the Massachusetts Senate (1848-1849), United States Marshal for the District of Massachusetts (1849-1853) and Justice of the State Supreme Court, where he returned after he served in the Cabinet. Lightly toned. Fold crease through signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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