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ELBRIDGE GERRY SPAULDING - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 09/11/1869 - HFSID 29021

"The father of the Greenback" signs an autograph letter (1869), forwarding a copy of his book on the creation of paper currency during the Civil War, and mentioning important documents reprinted there which "are not generally known".

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ELBRIDGE GERRY SPAULDING
"The father of the Greenback" signs an autograph letter (1869), forwarding a copy of his book on the creation of paper currency during the Civil War, and mentioning important documents reprinted there which "are not generally known".
Autograph Letter signed: "E. G. Spaulding", 2 pages (front and verso), with blank integral leaf, 10x7¾. Buffalo, 1869 September 11. On letterhead of the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank, E. G. Spaulding, President, to Andrew Boyd. In full: "I send you by this mail one of the pamphlets referred to in yours of the 10th inst. in compliance with your request. I also send you by this mail copy of the financial history of the war [Items not included.] recently prepared by me in which you will find several documents signed by Abe Lincoln and which are not generally known to the public. In the appendix pages 36 is one of this vetoes. On page 183 is another communication from him. He also approved the Legal Tender Acts and the National Bank bill. See pages 152 etc/ In all the histories of the war I have not seen an intelligent chapter on the finances during that important epoch. This book is intended in some measure to supply the deficiency. Please acknowledge its receipt with such observations as may occur to you. Yours truly". Elbridge Gerry ("E. G.") Spaulding (1809-1897) was a practicing lawyer before shifting his interest to banking and politics. Elected Mayor of Buffalo, New York, in 1847, he went on to serve in the N.Y. State Assembly, as New York State Treasurer (1854-1855), and in the US Congress, first as a Whig (1849-1851), and later as a Republican (1859-1863). President of the Farmers and Mechanics bank from 1852, Spaulding took his financial expertise to Congress, becoming the principal author of the Legal Tender Act of 1862. This act, vital to financing the Union war effort, made paper money ("the greenback") official US currency for the first time. Spaulding became known as "the father of the Greenback." The full title of his 1869 book, discussed in this letter, was History of the Legal Tender Paper Money Issued During the Great Rebellion. Light ink transfer. Fine condition.

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