MAJOR GENERAL JAMES SCOTT NEGLEY - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 06/03/1872 - HFSID 262848
GENERAL JAMES S. NEGLEY Manuscript Letter signed by him as a Member of Congress (1872), urging the Postmaster of Baltimore to deposit government funds in a friend's bank. Rare signature! Manuscript Letter signed: "Jas. S. Negley", 2 pages, 5¼x8¼ conjoined. Washington, D.C., 1872 June 3.
Sale Price $414.00
GENERAL JAMES S. NEGLEY
Manuscript Letter signed by him as a Member of Congress (1872), urging the Postmaster of Baltimore to deposit government funds in a friend's bank. Rare signature!
Manuscript Letter signed: "Jas. S. Negley", 2 pages, 5¼x8¼ conjoined. Washington, D.C., 1872 June 3. On letterhead of the US House of Representatives to Postmaster General A. W. Denison. In full: "The Secretary of the Treasury has designated the Central National Bank of Baltimore as a U.S. Depository. James O'Connor, Esq., President of this institution is an old and valued friend of mine and for whom I solicit your friendship and the deposit of the U.S. funds of the Post Office of Baltimore. Mr. O'Connor will doubtless appreciate your official courtesy. Yours very truly". James Scott Negley (1826-1901) served in the US Army during the Mexican War and as a brigade commander in the Union Army in the Civil War. Negley contributed to the Union victories at Chattanooga, Murfreesboro and Stone's River, but was relieved of command after the Union defeat at Chickamauga (1863). Negley was acquitted of any wrongdoing, and General Grant offered to re-instate him in command, but Negley resigned his commission instead. A Republican from Pennsylvania, he served in the US Congress (1869-1875, 1885-1887), and was later President of several railroads. Andrew W. Denison (1831-1877), the letter's recipient, also commanded a brigade of volunteers in the Civil War and served as Postmaster of Baltimore from 1869 until his death. The writing of a letter such as this one would be deemed improper today, but was perfectly normal in the patronage-oriented politics of Negley's era. Horizontal fold creases - top crease touching the edge of "J" in signature. Edges lightly toned and chipped. Otherwise, fine condition.
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