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HAMILTON FISH - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 02/17/1874 - HFSID 348030

HAMILTON FISH The Secretary of State under President Ulysses Grant signed this letter addressed to an attorney Manuscript Letter Signed: “Hamilton Fish” in ink. One page. 7½x9½. Letterhead from the Department of State of the United States government. Dated February 17, 1874.

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HAMILTON FISH The Secretary of State under President Ulysses Grant signed this letter addressed to an attorney Manuscript Letter Signed: “Hamilton Fish” in ink. One page. 7½x9½. Letterhead from the Department of State of the United States government. Dated February 17, 1874. Addressed to Attorney George Williams. Message in full:Your letter of this date has been received. In compliance with your request I transmit herewith a copy of the 'Trial of John H. Surratt'. I have the honor to be, Sir, your obedient servant”. John H. Surratt was one of the conspirators involved in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. He fled the United States and was tried for murder in Maryland, but was never convicted. Although he admitted he was involved in the plot to kidnap Lincoln, he maintained he never knew of plans to kill the President. He was found not guilty of murder and the statute of limitations on other charges had passed. Surratt died in 1916. HAMILTON FISH (1808-1893) served the United States as Secretary of State under President Ulysses S. Grant. Fish was an influential force in Grant's administration, an experienced statesmen where one was sorely needed. He was brought of retirement for the job. Having already served as Governor of New York and in both Houses of Congress, he was prepared for the position. Perhaps his biggest accomplishment while a member of Grant's cabinet was the development of international arbitration to settle disputes between nations. The United States and Great Britain settled the Alabama Claims without violence using this method. It was an effort at the time that pioneered the use of diplomacy rather than violence. Page has mailing creases. Otherwise, fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 36½x27.

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