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MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/25/1854 - HFSID 5430

GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIXPresident James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861, pens this letter to Erastus Corning, president of the New York Central Railroad, regarding three horses that he was shipping on that railroad.

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GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIXPresident James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861, pens this letter to Erastus Corning, president of the New York Central Railroad, regarding three horses that he was shipping on that railroad. Dix 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. New York, May 25, 1854. Addressed to the Honorable E. Corning. In full: "My dear Sir: - The bearer, Mr. Tuttle, has charge of three horses be-longing to me, which he is taking to one of our farms in Madison Co. - I wish him to be back here as soon as possible, & you will greatly oblige me by directing the freight-agent on the N.Y. Central R.Road to send them on the first train to Utica after he arrives in Albany. - I am Dear Sir; Yours truly,". "E. Corning" is possibly ERASTUS CORNING (1794-1872), who was the New York Central railroad's president from 1853 to 1864. As President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1861), JOHN ADAMSDIX (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. Signature is lightly smeared in places but legible. Random ink spots, which touch body of letter but not signature. Light stains from adhesive in left corners. Folded in half horizontally and thrice vertically and unfolded. Otherwise, fine condition.

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