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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/07/1833 - HFSID 17279

GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX He pens this letter in 1833 regarding a state mortgage question on a piece of property in New York City. He was President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in

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GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX He pens this letter in 1833 regarding a state mortgage question on a piece of property in New York City. He 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". 1 page, 8x10, 1 sheet folded, addressed on verso. State of New York's Secretary's Office, May 7, 1833. Addressed to William Talmage, Esq., New York. In full: "Sir :- The letters patent issued to Jona=than J. Coddington on the 25. Oct. 1832 for lots 10 & 11 Corner of Greenwich & Hubert Streets in the 5th Ward of the City of New York were granted to him upon payment in full of purchase money. It is hardly possible that there is any mortgage upon it to the state. Of this fact, however, you may readily assure yourself by examining the records in the office of the Clerk of the City & County of New York, where all mortgages to the State on real estate within the City and County are required by law to be recorded. I am respectfully, your obt. svt". 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. Ink transference, which touches signature and body of letter. Body of letter, but not signature, is lightly smeared in places but legible. Show-through from wax seal remnants on verso touches body of letter but not signature. Light tear in left edge. Folded twice vertically and thrice horizontally. Otherwise, fine condition.

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