CHARLES DEVENS - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 04/02/1878 - HFSID 17383
Sale Price $378.00
The Attorney General signs a manuscript letter in regards to a verdict, from 1878
Manuscript Letter Signed: "Chas Devens" as Hayes' Attorney General, 7¾x9¾. Washington, 1878 April 2. To Senator George F. Edmunds. In full: "I have examined carefully to see whether there is any appropriation in this Department or any other from which Mr Henry or Mr Beckwith could be indemnified in case the verdict against them should be finally affirmed, and am compelled to say that I do not find any such appropriation." 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. GEORGE F. EDMUNDS represented Vermont in the Senate from 1866-1891. Signature page lightly soiled and creased. Heavily shaded and stained front page.
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