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Dyer handwrote, dated and signed this letter to Senator George Franklin Edmunds in 1870, asking him to join Dyer on a trip to Old Point and that "I shall be very much disappointed if you do not go with me or follow me".
Autograph letter signed "AB Dyer". 2 pages, 5x8, 1 sheet folded, front and verso, on letterhead of the War Department's Ordnance Office with small embossing in upper right corner of page 1. Mounted on 5¼x8¼ piece of paper. June 1, 1870. Addressed to "Senator Edmunds", possibly Senator George Franklin Edmunds (R-VT). In full: "My dear Senator I shall be very much disappointed if you do not go with me or follow me to Old Point. The weather is so threatening that I acceded to wait until tomorrow. Do try and make your arrangements to go at that time. If we go tomorrow we must leave here via Baltimore at 12h 45m. I shall stay several days at Old Point. If you cannot go with me and conclude to follow me telegraph me to the care of Col Baylor at Old Point and I will have some one meet you at the wharf upon the arrival of the boat. Yours very truly." Dyer (1815-1874) was an American soldier who fought in the Amercian Civil War, among other wars. Dyer graduated from West Point in 1937 and served in the Seminole Wars from 1837 to 1838. He then served as lieutenant of ordnance in the Mexican-American War from 1846 to 1848. He was breveted a captain at the Battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales in that war. Dyer commanded the Springfield Armory from 1861 to 1864 and, on Sept. 12, 1864, was made brigadier general - breveted major general in 1865 - and chief of ordnance in Washington, DC. Dyer held this position until he died. Senator George F. Edmunds (1828-1919) represented Vermont in the U.S. Senate from April 3, 1866 until his resignation on Nov. 1, 1891. He served as President Pro Tempore of the Senate from 1883 to 1885 when, with no Vice President after Garfield's assassination, he was next in line to the Presidency. He was also a member of the Electoral Commission that decided the hotly contested election of 1876. Lightly toned and creased. Corners of mounting paper are irregular. Ink transference inside letter (no show through). Writing is lightly smeared. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: January 10, 1815 in Richmond, Virginia
Died: May 20, 1874 in Washington, District of Columbia

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