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

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