MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/04/1846 - HFSID 5431
GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX He pens this letter in 1846, while he was U. S. Senator from New York, in 1846. In it, he asks for documentation on why someone refused to take an oath and that he can't help the recipient get a position that he wants.
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GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX He pens this letter in 1846, while he was U. S. Senator from New York, in 1846. In it, he asks for documentation on why someone refused to take an oath and that he can't help the recipient get a position that he wants. Dix was President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861 and sent this famous order to an American boat less than three months before the American Civil War: "If any man attempts to haul down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot". Autograph Letter Signed: "John A.Dix". Pencil notations in unknown hand. 2 pages, 6¼x7¾, black-bordered stationery. Washington, D. C., April 4, 1846. Addressed to Henry Simpson, Esq. In full: "Dear Sir: - In the copy of the Document sent to me to be laid before the Committee of Commerce in relation to Benj. E. Carpenter, it appears that Carpenter & others refused to be sworn 'for reasons contained in a certain paper signed and handed to the Foreman by each, which papers are herewith submitted to the comt.' An authenticated copy of this paper is desired - ie. The paper handed to the court by Carpenter [illegible] his reason for not being refusing to be sworn. I received a letter from him sometime [sic] ago, & should have answered it but for want of time. I will with great pleasure cooper-ate with your friends; but I have refused to write in recommendations to office to the President for citizens of New York. As to my friend, whose place you want, I have not said one word to any one in relation to him. But as you wrote to me, I replied frankly, as I always think it is best to do, that I could not act against him. - I am respectfully Your obt. Servt.". As President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1861), Dix (1798-1879) telegraphed this famous order to the American cutter Robert McClelland in the port of New Orleans on Jan. 29, 1861, less than three months before the start of the American Civil War: "If any man attempts to haul down the American Flag, shoot him on the spot". Dix later commanded the Department of Virginia (1862-1863) and the Department of the East (1863-1865). After the Civil War, he was Minister to France (1866-1869) and Governor of New York (1872-1874). The U. S. Army's Fort Dix in New Jersey is named in his honor. Lightly toned and creased. Show-through touches signature and body of letter. Body of letter, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places but legible. Adhesive stains along right edge and tape repairs, which touch body of letter but not signature. Random ink stains. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.
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