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MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/08/1876 - HFSID 204156

Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter in 1876 to Charles P. Thompson, U. S. Representative from Massachusetts. It accompanied a resolution about a private claim against the British Government, not included, and detailed Butler's reasons why it should be supported.

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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler wrote this letter in 1876 to Charles P. Thompson, U. S. Representative from Massachusetts. It accompanied a resolution about a private claim against the British Government, not included, and detailed Butler's reasons why it should be supported.
Autograph letter signed "Benj F Butler". 1 page, 7¾x10¼, ruled paper. Black ink notations on verso in unknown hand. Washington, D. C., May 5, 1876. Addressed to the Honorable Charles P. Thompson at the House of Representatives. In full: "My dear Mr. Thompson: I send you the enclosed resolution [not included]. I think it is right. If you have any doubt upon the question ask Banks if he has any objection to it, and have it presented. If any body asks you the reason why, say that Webster has been making a claim upon the British Government for his lands taken by that Government to a very large amount and the information is nec-essary in order to bring his claim before Congress. When the papers com in they will of course be referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Yours Truly". CHARLES P. THOMSPON (1827-1894)was U. S. Representative from Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District (1875-1877); he replaced Butler in that seat. A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, BENJAMIN F. BUTLER (1818-1893) entered the Civil War in a dramatic way. Leading the 8th Massachusetts, he broke the blockade of Washington five days after the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. President Abraham Lincoln rewarded him with an appointment as the first volunteer Major General. Butler was appointed Military Governor of New Orleans in May of 1862, but he served only until December, earning the sobriquet "Beast Butler" from angry Southerners. He returned to combat duty with command of the Army of the James in 1863. He proved to be inept against General P.G.T. Beauregard at the Battle at Bermuda Hundred (May 16, 1864), and Grant sent him to New York. Butler resigned his commission in January of 1865. He was a member of the House of Representatives (1867-1875, 1877-1879), where he played a prominent part in the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. He changed political parties several times, and was elected Massachusetts' Democratic Governor (1882-1884). In 1884, Butler, who advocated an eight-hour workday, ran unsuccessfully for president on an anti-monopoly platform. Lightly toned, stained, foxed, soiled and creased. Discoloration along folds touches body of letter but not signature. Missing bottom right corner. Folded twice vertically and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.

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