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Autograph Letter to a fellow ship builder and militia officer (1817), inviting him to a regimental review
Autograph Letter signed: "W. King", 16x10 opened, 8x10 folded. Bath, (Massachusetts, soon to be Maine), 1817 October 6. To Moses Carlton, in full: "We shall review the Regts. of Genl. Wright's Brigade, commencing with Col. Read's Regt. at this place tomorrow. It will give me pleasure to have you attend if convenient. Received your request for a discharge but as it was during the last [1 word illegible] I thought it better to forward it so that your [3 words illegible] remains the same. With respects to Mrs. Carlton I remain your friend and humble servant." Pencil note (unknown hand) at lower left. William King (1768-1852), a self-made and self-educated merchant, ship builder and army officer, was Major General of Volunteers in charge of the Maine district of Massachusetts during the War of 1812, serving concurrently as a colonel in the US Army in charge of recruiting there. Elected to several terms in the Massachusetts legislature, King campaigned relentlessly for Maine's statehood, and became the new state's first Governor (1820). President Monroe appointed him a special envoy to Spain, with which he successfully negotiated a treaty (1824) which kept the US from becoming embroiled in Mexico's war for independence. Mailing folds. 1x1 piece torn-out and affixed to top of wax seal. Ink note (unknown hand) at bottom left edge. Pencil note (unknown hand) lower left edge of letter page. Toned and soiled at fold creases. Otherwise, fine condition.

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Born: February 9, 1768
Died: June 17, 1852

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