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Signed Autograph Letter as Pennsylvania State Printer (1827), impatiently demanding a shipment of paper
Autograph Letter signed: "S. Cameron", 1 page, 8x9¾. Harrisburg, 1827 May 16. To "Dear Sir", in full: "Since your wagon was here, I find that our paper will not last longer than Friday evening, and I am in consequence compelled to request that you will send us 2 or 3 bundles by Friday evening's wagon so that we need not be interrupted before the wagon comes on Saturday evening, by which time I shall expect the balance of the paper without fail. Our time is so near up that I am compelled to keep the presses going day and night, and when you know that we consume ten reams in twenty-four hours, you may readily conceive the necessity of losing no time in getting us have a supply. You will confer a great favor by being very particular in complying with the above request. Yours truly". 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. Cameron, whose experience included owning and editing local newspapers, was Pennsylvania state printer (1825-1827). Entire document has been silked on verso. Horizontal and vertical fold creases. Stained and soiled. Right edge chipped causing loss of some content.

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Born: March 8, 1799 in Maytown, Pennsylvania
Died: June 26, 1889 in Maytown, Pennsylvania

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