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Hamilton, James
CIRCULAR.] BLUFFTON, S.C., OCTOBER 23D, 1857. IF I HAVE NOT WRITTEN YOU BEFORE IN REPLY TO YOUR FAVOR, IT HAS RESULTED FROM NO NEGLECT OF THE MATTER WHICH I PROPOSED IN REGARD TO THE REVOLUTIONARY CLAIMS OF YOUR ANCESTOR. I HAVE CORRESPONDED WITH THE HON. MR. EVANS, U.S. SENATOR FROM THIS STATE, WHO IS YET CORDIALLY DEVOTED TO OUR INTERESTS; AND ALSO TO A DISTINGUISHED CLAIM AGENT AT WASHINGTON, D.C. . I LEAVE IN A FEW DAYS FOR TEXAS, BUT WILL BE IN WASHINGTON IN JANUARY. I WILL TAKE CARE TO HAVE OUR MEMORIAL PLACED IN VERY ABLE HANDS. MY ADDRESS WILL BE "AUSTIN, TEXAS," UNTIL THE FIRST OF DECEMBER NEXT
Printed broadside on pale blue paper, folio sheet folded to 8" x 10", signed in ink by Hamilton. The last page is addressed in manuscript to Hamilton Fish of New York, with postmark and postage stamp. Light edge wear, Very Good. Written at the bottom of the address page [bit of tearing]: "The attorney or Agent of Mr. Hamilton is requested to inform Lewis Cruger who are now the Surviving Representatives of the late Col. Nicholas Fish." Hamilton evidently had a number of clients for his mission to secure their revolutionary claims; thus this printed Letter. His Letter explains the necessary procedures for them to follow. James Hamilton had an unusually interesting career. Governor of South Carolina during the Nullification Crisis, he sought to put into practice Calhoun's Doctrine of Interposition and State Sovereignty. Earlier, as "intendant" of Charleston, he had put down the Denmark Vesey Rebellion. An enthusiast for Texian independence, he was offered command of its army in 1835, and secured its recognition by France and the Netherlands. In 1855 he received a large land grant in Texas in recognition of his services. In 1857, only a few weeks after writing this Circular, Hamilton was a passenger on the steamship Opelousas, traveling from New Orleans to Galveston. There was a collision in the Gulf of Mexico. "Hamilton gave his life preserver to a woman for her child. His right arm was injured and he clung for a little while to a hatch cover with his left hand, then slipped off into the water and disappeared from view" [DAB]. Louis Wigfall eulogized him: "Scrupulously careful … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: David M. Lesser, ABAA [Woodbridge, CT, U.S.A.]
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