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CHESTER A. ARTHUR. Scarce ALS: "C.A. Arthur", 1¼p, 7¾x9¾, inlaid to 10x12½. Imprinted letterhead: "Law Office of C.A. Arthur/82 Nassau Street/New York", 1869 November 4. "Mr. Tucker/Counsellor at Law/care of Wm Robertson Esq./New Iberia, La." In full: "Not having heard from you in relation to the matter of the will of Leonard J. Smith, deceased, late of New Iberia La., I think you could not have received my former letter, so I enclose this under cover to Mr. William Robertson, with request that he will forward it to you. Mrs Smith, the widow of the late Leonard J. Smith, desires to have an attorney at New Iberia to attend to her interests under the will of her late husband and one of her friends there has recommended you. The attorneys for the estate are Meesrs De Blanc & Very & is representing the estate, of course, to a certain extent they represent Mrs Smith but she desires some one to act especially as her attorney & who will represent her interests alone. Please advise me whether you can act for her & if so, inform me of the present condition of affairs. You can get all the necessary information from Mr. William Robertson of New Iberia, who is the acting Executor." Docketed, possibly by recipient, on verso of first page: "C.A. Arthur/New York/Nov 4-69/Ansd Nov 18-69". WILLIAM ROBERTSON (1819-1890) was a noted lawyer in New Iberia, Louisiana. CHESTER A. ARTHUR was admitted to the bar in 1854 and began practicing law in New York City. He was Judge Advocate of the Second Brigade, New York State Militia in 1857 and was appointed Brigadier General in 1861. In 1862, Arthur served as Quartermaster-General. He resumed his practice of law in New York City in 1863. Two years after writing this letter, Arthur was appointed Collector of the Port of New York by President Grant. Handwritten letters of Chester A. Arthur are scarce. This is a fine example. Lightly creased with folds, vertical fold at the "A" of Arthur. Lightly soiled and stained. Inlay sheet nicked at blank right edge. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: October 5, 1830 in Fairfield, Vermont
Died: November 18, 1886 in New York City, New York

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