GIDEON WELLES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 03/09/1861 - HFSID 273022
Sale Price $450.00
Gideon Welles sends an autograph letter complying with a request.
Autograph Letter Signed: "Gideon Welles" as Secretary of the Navy, 1p, 4½x7. Washington, D.C., 1861 March 9. To Mortimer L. [illegible]. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "I very cheerfully comply with the request contained in your letter of the 5th int. Very Respectfully". Written just two days after Welles had begun serving as Secretary of the Navy; he would remain in the position than any of his predecessors. Gideon Welles (1802-1878) formerly a Jacksonian Democrat, joined the newly founded Republican Party in 1854 because of his strong opposition to slavery. He served as Secretary of the Navy throughout the Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson (1861-1869). Welles generally supported Johnson's policies, including Johnson's reluctance to impose far-reaching changes and full rights for African-Americans during the Reconstruction of the South. Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. Lightly soiled, stained on verso of integral leaf (no show through). Overall, fine condition.
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