MAJOR GENERAL JOHN A. DIX - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED CHECK 01/30/1836 CO-SIGNED BY: AZARIAH C. FLAGG, ABRAHAM KEYSER JR., THOMAS WORTH OLCOTT - HFSID 258931
Sale Price $427.50
GENERAL JOHN ADAMS DIX, CO-SIGNED BY: AZARIAH C. FLAGG, ABRAHAM KEYSER, JR. and THOMAS WORTH OLCOTT
1834 check for $2,500, signed by four commissioners of New York State's Erie Canal Fund, including John A. Dix, President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury in 1861; Azariah C. Flagg, New York State secretary of state and comptroller; Abraham Keyser, Jr., New York State Treasurer; and Greene C. Bronson, New York State attorney general and Chief Justice of the state supreme court
Check signed "A.C. Flagg", "John A. Dix", and "A.Keyser" as commissioners of the Erie Canal Fund. Unknown endorsement on verso. Endorsed on verso "T.W. Olcott Cash/for Wm C Bouck Canal [illegible]". Black and brown ink notations in unknown hand. 6¼x5. Jan. 30, 1836. Check no. 198 for $5,000.0, drawn from the Mechanics' and Farmers' Bank and payable in cash to T. W. Olcott, cashier. Memo line: "for W C. Bouck C.C.". Together, the commissioners signing here were responsible for reducing tolls on the Erie Canal, a move which paid off in increased traffic and increased revenues as well. The Erie Canal, opened in 1825, linked the Hudson River at Albany to Lake Erie at Buffalo, contributing greatly to the settlement of western New York State and linking the farms of the Middle West to markets in the East and in Europe. Dix served as a Commissioner of the Canal Fund from 1833 to 1838 and Flagg from 1826 to 1832, 1834 to 1838 and 1842 to 1847, As President James Buchanan's Secretary of the Treasury (1861), JOHNADAMSDIX (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. Dix was also a New York politician and a member of the state's Canal Commission. AZARIAH C. FLAGG (1790-1873) was also the Comptroller of the Erie Canal as well as New York State secretary of state (1826-1832) and comptroller (1834-1839, 1842-1846). ABRAHAM KEYSER, JR. (1784-1873), was New York State Treasurer (1824-1825 and 1826-1838). THOMAS WORTH OLCOTT (1795-1880) was cashier of the Merchants' and Farmers' Bank from 1817 to 1836 and President of the bank from 1836 to 1880. Lightly toned, stained and creased. Normal cancellation cuts, which touch notations and Dix and Keyser's signatures. Flagg and Dix's signatures touch. Show-through from docket touches notations and signatures. Missing left corners. Light nicks in left edge. Light discoloration along left edge. Folded twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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