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SIMON CAMERON - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/06/1864 - HFSID 46938

SIMON CAMERON As Secretary of War, he writes to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Autograph Letter Signed: "Simon Cameron", 1½p, 5x8, front and verso. Harrisburg, 1864 November 6. To Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. In full: "The bearer, Mr. H.W.

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SIMON CAMERON
As Secretary of War, he writes to Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy
Autograph Letter Signed: "Simon Cameron", 1½p, 5x8, front and verso. Harrisburg, 1864 November 6. To Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles. In full: "The bearer, Mr. H.W. Peterson of Canada, is the son of an old friend of mine, and is the nephew of the Late Senator Clayton of Delaware. I beg for him your attention, and confidence in a matter he has to present to you. His brother-in-law, a young gentleman, the son of the Sheriff, in a moment of indiscretion, left his home and entered our navy where he has subjected himself for a breach of discipline to come punishment which his family wish to save him from. The consideration of his youth, and all the other circumstances which Mr. P. will relate I hope you will be able to gratify them. I will only add, that you can place full reliance in all that Mr. Peterson may represent to you." SIMON CAMERON (1799-1889) and GIDEON WELLES were both in Lincoln's Cabinetfrom March 5, 1861 until January 14, 1862, when Cameron was succeeded by Edwin M. Stanton as Secretary of War. Cameron served for a brief time as U.S. Minister to Russia in 1862 before returning to the U.S. and running unsuccessfully for the Senate. He had served as Senator from Pennsylvania from 1845-1849 and 1857-1861. Cameron was later elected, serving from 1867-1877. Welles was the only Secretary of the Navy under Lincoln and Johnson,serving from 1861-1869. Cameron's fingerprints appear throughout this letter as he did not let the ink dry. Lightly soiled. Integral blank leaf reinforced with a mounting strip, else in fine condition.

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