ALS sending a referral
Autograph Letter signed: "Simon Cameron" as US Senator,
1 page, 4¾x7¼. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 1867 May 5. He has marked
the letter Private". To A. J. Glossbrenner, in full: "I
have been waiting to write [illegible name] till I should hear from you.
But, if he is willing to give me [illegible phrase] them. Mr. Robert
Byron of Cumberland is a man of high character & fitness. I [illegible
phrase] place for at once. Please let me hear from you, at your convenience.
Truly yours". Simon Cameron (1799-1889) was Senator from
Pennsylvania (Democrat, 1845-1849; Republican, 1857-1861, 1867-1877) and a
candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 1860. Cameron became
Secretary of War in a political bargain at the 1860 Republican National
Convention at which his political supporters convinced Lincoln's campaign
managers to give him a Cabinet post in return for the votes of Pennsylvania
delegates. After his appointment as Secretary of War, Cameron
dispensed a raft of civil and military appointments and army contracts, and
charges of corruption ran rampant. In 1862, in an effort to be rid of him,
Lincoln gave him the diplomatic post of Minister to Russia, and appointed
Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. A. J. Glossbrenner, author of a
history of York County (1834), was Sergeant-at-Arms of the US House of
Representatives in the 1850s. In 1863 he founded a Democratic Party newspaper,
The Age, in Philadelphia. The paper consistently attacked President Lincoln and
was accused of Southern sympathies, eliciting angry demonstrations outside its
office. In 1850, Cameron and Glossbrenner shared ownership of a utility, the
Pottsville Gas Company, and served together on its board. No information is
available on Robert Byron, but not all of Simon Cameron's contemporaries
would have considered him a credible character witness. Edges irregularly
cut. 1 vertical 1 horizontal fold crease. Ink marks at lower left edge.
Otherwise fine condition.
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