MAJOR GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/02/1887 - HFSID 154918
GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler signed this letter, typed on the letterhead of his law office in 1887, to say that a shopkeeper wanted to employ the recipient's son. Typed letter signed "Benj Butler". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand.
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GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER
Union Civil War General Benjamin F. Butler signed this letter, typed on the letterhead of his law office in 1887, to say that a shopkeeper wanted to employ the recipient's son.
Typed letter signed "Benj Butler". Pencil notations on verso in unknown hand. 1 page, 8x10, on letterhead of the law offices of Benjamin F. Butler, Washburn and Webster. June 2, 1887. Addressed to Mrs. S. S. Shaffer, New York City. In full: "My dear Mrs. Shaffer:- I have information from Mr. Squire that he is inclined to give your nephew something to do if he can find anything that will suit him. He says 'let the young man come over. I will see what I have for him to do,of course not manual labor simply; and if he suits I will give him a place and he will be advanced just as far as he shows capacity.' As I told you,Mr. Squire's business is very large,and if I was a young man knowing what I do now,if he would take me into it even to sweep out the store, if I could do it as well as anybody else,and he would ad-vance me at once if I could do anything better,I would take it. And that is the way that young men are employed in all our stores in Boston,and I suppose elsewhere. At any rate,I would send him over if I were you,and let him come to me. He had better come over by the Fall River line. He can come cheaper by that line than any other. Yours truly,". A well-known lawyer and political leader and a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts militia, 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, soiled and creased. Show-through from discoloration along folds on verso, which touches body of letter but not signature. Light tears at op and right edge. Folded in half horizontally and twice vertically and unfolded.
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