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JOHN Y. MASON - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 04/08/1947 - HFSID 17185

JOHN Y. MASON As Secretary of the Navy, he signs orders directing a Chief Engineer to a new duty station Manuscript Letter signed: "J. Y. Mason" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 7¾x10.Navy Department, 1847 April 8. To Chief Engineer William W. W. Ward, Pensacola. Docketed on verso.

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JOHN Y. MASON
As Secretary of the Navy, he signs orders directing a Chief Engineer to a new duty station
Manuscript Letter signed: "J. Y. Mason" as Secretary of the Navy, 1 page, 7¾x10.Navy Department, 1847 April 8. To Chief Engineer William W. W. Ward, Pensacola. Docketed on verso. In full: "You are hereby detached from the Navy Yard at Pensacola & you will report forthwith to the commanding officer of the Home Squadron in the Gulf of Mexico, for the purpose of aiding in the examination of Assistant Engineers in the Navy. When this duty shall have been performed you join the U. S. Steamer Princeton & relieve Chief Engineer Aaron, unless this vessel has sailed for a Northern port, in which case you will relieve Chief Engineer Sewell in the Mississippi. I am respectfully your etc." John Y. Mason (1799-1859), a states rights Democrat, represented Virginia in the US House of Representatives (1831-1837), serving as Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. Appointed a US District Court judge by President Van Buren in 1841, he served in the Cabinets of Presidents Tyler and Polk as Secretary of the Navy (1844-1845 and 1846-1849) and Attorney General (1845-1846). He was President of the Virginia Constitutional Convention (1851), and US Minister to France (1853-1859). While abroad he co-authored, with fellow US ambassadors James Buchanan and Pierre Soulé the notorious Ostend Manifesto (1854), which advised President Pierce to buy Cuba from Spain, but to seize the island by force if Spain refused to sell it. (Mason and Buchanan had believed the document would be kept secret; its publication caused a furor in the North and in Europe.) Toned and soiled. Corners and edges creased. Two horizontal mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) on verso. Otherwise, fine condition.

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