HAMILTON FISH - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 06/13/1854 - HFSID 250707
Sale Price $450.00
Autograph Letter signed as US Senator (1854), to the first President of the Free Academy (which would become the City College of New York)
Autograph Letter signed: "Hamilton Fish" as U.S. Senator. 1 page, 7½x9¾. Washington, 1854 June 13. To Dr. [Horace] Webster. Begins: "Dear Sir". In full: "Your note of 7. inst. enclosing our addressed letter Secr of the Interior was found upon my return to this place after a few days absence. I have not delivered the letter addressed to the Secr of the Interior. The distribution of Documents re to Literary Institutions was by Law confined to the State Department. But the process of designating the Institutions to recover them has been exhausted & will need additional Legislation. I am informed that the object of your note cannot be accomplished - The subject is at present engaging the attention of the Library Committee, who will probably report a bill under which the Free Academy will be included in the distribution. Should the Bill pass, no effort shall be wanting on my part to provide for the Academy." HAMILTON FISH (1808-1893) served New York as Governor (1849-1850), Congressman (1843-1845) and Senator (1851-1857) and was Grant's only Secretary of State (1869-1877). As Secretary he contributed to the peaceful settlement of several international disputes, including two major ones with Britain. His son, grandson and great-grandson, each named Hamilton Fish, represented New York in the House of Representatives. The letter's recipient was Horace Webster, formerly a math professor at West Point and Geneva College, who was the first President of the Free Academy (1848-1869). The Free Academy, founded to offer inexpensive education to deserving youth from poor and immigrant families, later grew into the City College of New York. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "Ha" of Hamilton. Lightly soiled at upper margin, touching date. Nicked at upper right blank edge, mounting remnants (no show-through) on verso of integral leaf, which is lightly soiled. Overall, fine condition.
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