WILLIAM M. MEREDITH - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 03/12/1850 - HFSID 325487
Sale Price $414.00
WILLIAM M. MEREDITH
Signed manuscript letter dated 1850 regarding the compensation for a box of damaged firecrackers on a recent import
Manuscript letter signed: "W M Meredith", 7¾x9¾. March 12, 1850. Treasury Department. In part: "Sir: Upon reconsideration of the appreciation made by Mefrs Wm Appleton Sr of Boston to be assure of drawback of the compensation of certain Boxes of Fire Crackers imported into your port on the 6th of March, 1849, [illegible] connected with the [illegible] being totaled in your report to the department dated the 30th of November last, it is assured proper to alter drawback upon he particular [illegible] in question". William M. Meredith (1799-1873) was US Secretary of the Treasury under President Taylor (1849-1850). A strong opponent of free trade, he devoted his Annual Report of 1849 to advocacy of high protective tariffs. Before serving in the Cabinet, he was a member of the Pennsylvania General Assembly and Philadelphia City Council. Later he was Attorney General of Pennsylvania (1861-1867). He served on the Alabama Claims Commission in 1870. Left edge frayed and torn. Light surface creases. Normal mailing folds. Corners slightly worn and creased. Slightly toned on outer edges. Ink notes (unknown hand). Pin holes in left margin. Writing severely bled and haloed, but legible. Otherwise, fine condition.
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