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General Winfield Scott wrote this letter from New York to congressman Charles Fenton Mercer, fellow War of 1812 general and Whig, in 1832 about documents that he received from Mercer and an upcoming bill on pay for army officers.

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General Winfield Scott wrote this letter from New York to congressman Charles Fenton Mercer, fellow War of 1812 general and Whig, in 1832 about documents that he received from Mercer and an upcoming bill on pay for army officers.
Autograph letter signed "Winfield Scott" in letter and "W. S. in postscript. 2 pages, 8 x 10, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, docketed on verso. New York, Jan. 18, 1832. Addressed to General C. F. Mercer, Member of Congress, Washington, D. C. In full: "I thank you for the copy of the public documents you were so good to send me a few days ago. The sight of your hand writing was pleasant. ' What,' said my wife, '& no letter?' I replied - that, what with your council & duties in the home, I presume you were too much occupied to write letters except on the business, & that the package in question, was, at least, evi-dence that you some times thought of us.' When you write then, give him mu best remembrances. So much for the family colloquy of which you were the subject. I have been put in orders as a member of an Ordnance Board which is to be assembled at Washington but no day has yet been given. It will, probably, not meet before the Spring, & for certain official reasons, I have requested to be relieved. I do not, therefore, hope to have the pleasure of seeing you during you present Session - certainly not before. April or May. Are you acquainted with general Ward of the Military Committee of youe Home? In reply to a kind note from him, he has rather a long letter from me which I beg you will have the goodness to read. It relates to colonel Dray-[obscured by tape] Bill for fixing the pay & [illegible] of the officers of the army, which, if it should pass, would not deeply affect me. I denied General W. to show my letter to some of the members of his Committee. I am more desirous that it should be read by you. I remain, with the greatest esteem, yr friend". Postscripted: "If my friend, John Mercer, [illegible] in Washington, please, when you see him, give him my affectionate regards." "C. F. Mercer" is probably CHARLES FENTON MERCER (1778-1858, born in Fredericksburg, Virginia) was a brigadier general during the War of 1812 and represented Virginia in the House of Representatives from 1817 to 1839. He was also a Whig, like Scott. Scott (1786-1866, born in Petersburg, Virginia) rose to Major General in the War of 1812 and deserves to be recognized as one of the finest military leaders the U.S. has produced. During the Mexican War, he captured Vera Cruz, defeated the Mexicans at Cerro Gordo, Contreras, Churubusco, Molino del Rey and Chapultepec and occupied Mexico City. His campaign from the coast to Mexico City, against a foe more skilled and tenacious than is generally recalled today, was bold, and brilliantly executed. Scott was General in Chief of the United States Army from 1841 to 1861, the start of the American Civil War. The "Anaconda Plan" he proposed to President Lincoln in 1861, calling for a blockade of southern ports coordinated with a combined army/navy push down the Mississippi River to cut the Confederacy in half, provided the framework for ultimate Union victory. Scott was less successful in the political arena. "Old Fuss n' Feathers" was the last presidential nominee of the Whig Party and lost the election of 1852 to Democrat Franklin Pierce. Fragile. Lightly toned, foxed, soiled, stained and creased. Tape repairs on page 2, which touch handwriting but not signature. Rust stains at top of docket. Rounded corners. Red wax seal remnant and paper loss on verso of docket. Folded thrice horizontally and vertically. Heavy separations along spine with tap repairs. Tears along right and left edges of letter at folds. Otherwise in fine condition.

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