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West Point, N.Y. July 9, 1849.. [1]p. autograph letter, signed, on a folded 7 1/4 x 9 1/2-inch sheet of paper. Plus original mailing envelope, completed in manuscript in Scott's hand. Letter with old vertical and horizontal folds. Slight wrinkling to letter and envelope. Very good. A very nice letter, uniting two important 19th-century American military leaders, Winfield Scott and Persifor F. Smith. It is also interesting in that Scott is introducing the great nephew of a former President - who was going to California at the height of the gold rush - and that the letter is directed to the sitting military governor of California. Scott is one of the most significant American military leaders of the 19th century, and he served on active duty as a general longer than anyone else in American history. He commanded forces in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the Second Seminole War, the Mexican War, and briefly in the Civil War. Scott was the Whig Party nominee for President in 1852, losing to Franklin Pierce. Scott shared a long friendship with Persifor Frazer Smith (1798-1858), who was a distinguished military commander. Smith first served under Scott's command in the Second Seminole War, and again in the Mexican War, where he was brevetted a major general for his actions at Contreras and Churubusco. He later served as military governor of Mexico City, and was one of the last military governors of California, the position he held when he received the present letter from Winfield Scott. The note is a letter of introduction for James A. Monroe, a young New York lawyer and the great nephew of President James Monroe. Scott writes from West Point: "My dear General: This note will be handed to you, by my young friend, John A. Monroe Esq. a nephew of one of my ex-aides-de-camp & great nephew of one of our greatest presidents. Mr. Monroe has been at the New York Bar several years, & is a man of great integrity & character. I beg to place him under your kind protection as one in whom I take the liveliest interest. Very truly your friend Winfield Scott." The letter is accompanied by its original mailing envelope, addressed in manuscript by Scott "To Major General P.F. Smith, U.S. Army, Commanding California." An interesting letter, with significant military associations and gold rush interest.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
Last Found On: 2013-07-26           Check availability:      Biblio    


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