GIDEON WELLES - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 08/04/1866 - HFSID 31394
Sale Price $595.00
As Secretary of the Navy, he signs a manuscript letter to President Johnson (August 1866), forwarding for Presidential signature a list of officers whose commissions have been approved by the Senate
Manuscript Letter signed: "Gideon Welles", as Secretary of the Navy. 1 page (lined sheet), 8¼x13½. Navy Department, 1866 August 4. To the President, in part: "I have the honor to submit, herewith, for your signature, commissions for the following named Officers of the Navy, prepared in accordance with the confirmation of the Senate, viz ... [a list of 45 names follows, one for the Retired List and 44 for the Active List.] Gideon Welles (1802-1878) formerly a Jacksonian Democrat, joined the newly founded Republican Party in 1854 because of his strong opposition to slavery. An able administrator, he served as Secretary of the Navy throughout the Presidencies of Abraham Lincoln (who called him "Neptune") 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. Horizontal fold creases. Pencil notes (unknown hand) at upper left and right margins. Minor bleeding of the ink at body of letter. Random ink smudges at lower margin. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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