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COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/14/1856 - HFSID 174706

From his office as head of the Execution Committee in New York, Howard shares political gossip with Senator Fessenden, including this bit: "Should you hear that the Grand Council of the State Expelled an un-Americanized [Millard] Fillmore don't be astonished."

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COLONEL WILLIAM A. HOWARD (CIVIL WAR)
From his office as head of the Execution Committee in New York, Howard shares political gossip with Senator Fessenden, including this bit: "Should you hear that the Grand Council of the State Expelled an un-Americanized [Millard] Fillmore don't be astonished."
Autograph Letter signed: "W. A. Howard", 1 page, 7¾x10. New York, 14 August 1856. To "Dear Pitt" [U.S. Senator] William Pitt Fessenden, Portland, Maine. In full: "Enclosed is a Pamphlet, put forth by E. S. McCormick [not included]. Will you look at it and if --in your opinion--might vote for it! My friend Howard offers to you W. Dunkin from Road Island [sic] as being well informed with the premises. If you have any doubts appeal to him. I am in charge of the Execution Committee now [illegible] consequently much engaged. Things are working well. New Jersey has given in to us as you will see in a few days. Jim Corwin will fight for us on S. East. Pen'a submarines! Geo Shaw will go there soon to slate his coal off. Necessary funds have been sent to Maine. Every thing looks good. Should you hear that the Grand Council of the State Expelled an un-Americanized M. Fillmore don't be astonished. Wasn't that raise a precious good. Where's Wm. H.T. I saw Cap' Peter this morning. He says his name was not mentioned in Dewitt's last letters. I suppose he (Wm) left the ship in Buenos Ayers [sic]. I will pass through the city merchant seeing Mr. Castleman and find Wm. Yours ever." William A. HOWARD (1807-1871) was a veteran Coast Guard officer who commanded a detachment of marine artillery during battles on the Carolina coast during the Civil War. At the beginning of the war, he was commissioned as a Colonel of the 1st New York Heavy Artillery in the defenses around Portsmouth & Norfolk. Earlier in his career, when he commanded the revenue cutter Jackson, he was said to look so resplendent in his Coast Guard uniform that naval officers pressured Navy Secretary Levi Woodbury to remove epaulettes from Coast Guard uniforms. In the years before the Civil War, he was in private business as a shipbuilder. William Pitt Fessenden (1806-1869) had resigned a seat in the U.S. Senate to assume, at the personal behest of President Lincoln, the Cabinet post of Treasury Secretary after the resignation of Secretary Chase. Fessenden, who as Chairman the important Senate Finance Committee (1861-1864) had played an important role in raising revenues for the Union cause, but he served at Treasury for only eight months (July 5, 1864 - March 3, 1865). Thereafter he returned to the Senate, becoming chairman of the Joint Committee on Reconstruction. Lightly creased. File holes at left edge. Toned near signature, but still legible. Ink note (unknown hand) on verso of last page. Otherwise, fine condition.

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