REAR ADMIRAL ANDREW H. FOOTE - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/11/1854 - HFSID 131657
ANDREW H. FOOTE. ALS: "A.H. Foote", 2p, 8x10. Philadelphia, 1856 April 11. To unnamed correspondent. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "I enclose you two autographs which I hope will be regarded as a valuable addition to your collection.
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ANDREW H. FOOTE. ALS: "A.H. Foote", 2p, 8x10. Philadelphia, 1856 April 11. To unnamed correspondent. Begins: "My dear Sir". In full: "I enclose you two autographs which I hope will be regarded as a valuable addition to your collection. Will you do me the favor to get from Lucius Fetch College Book store, one or two dozen black India rubber pens, similar to the few I obtained from him on trial several weeks ago and enclose them to me in a letter. On the 9th inst. I received a letter in reply to my rebuke from the Rev. E.E. Hall, who makes a lame explanation attempting to show that he had no alliance to my father or his children, and then, there to his instincts charges me with assailing him in a brutal manner & can't correspond he returns my letter. I at once ordered the correspondence to Dr. Bacon, requesting him to lay it before the association of Ministries that they might vindicate the cloth, although one who could thus use the 'Five Points' slang had forfeited all claim to respect in his opinion to me as he saw by my letter, was a matter of perfect indifference, yet I considered it my duty to the clergy, to expose such an unworthy member. I have not a copy of his letter. When it is returned, I'll endeavor to send you the correspondence. We are settled after a fashion. The boy, & baby delighted with the place, can hardly keep them in our reveries. The place is much improved since we left it twelve years ago. We have a nice garden & the Gen'l in his desire to please ever oversees its cultivation. He & his family seem disposed to cultivate our friendship, and I think officially and generally all will go well. I congratulate you on the result of your election!" Foote attended West Point in 1822, but left to become a Midshipman at Annapolis. While in the Navy, the deeply religious Foote campaigned for temperance and the abolition of slavery. From 1856 to 1858, he commanded the Portsmouth in Canton, China, leading sailors and marines in action against Chinese after they fired on his ship. In August 1861, Foote's friend, Navy Secretary Gideon Welles, placed him in command of naval forces on the upper Mississippi River. Foote worked with General Grant to cut the Confederacy off from its supplies in the West and Southwest. Injured in the attack on Fort Donelson (February 14, 1862), Foote led the naval assault on Island No. 10 while on crutches. Promoted to Admiral, he was placed in charge of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting in Washington, D.C. Dissatisfied unless he was in active service, Foote died on his way to take command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron (June 26, 1863). Slightly creased. Light show through of writing on verso. Fine condition.
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