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Autograph Letter, Signed. To Col. William Davenport
New York: Astor House, 1840. 1 1/4 page letter with initialed postscript, with integral blank. 4to (10 x 8 inches). Old folds. SECOND SEMINOLE WAR Letter to Colonel William Davenport, 1st Infantry, United States Army West Florida, written prior to Scott's return to Florida in 1840. Scott writes "I begin to entertain hopes that the Florida War may be terminated by the negotiations ... A deputation has arrived from the Arkansaw & another, it is said, is expected at Washington from Florida. Something may come out of this double diplomacy to enable us to withdraw our troops from those miserable swamps." Unfortunately for the men, the fighting in the swamps continued for two more years. In 1842 the Seminoles remaining in Florida were allowed to stay, providing they confined themselves to the established reservation. Scott is the longest serving general of any man in American history, and many historians rank him as the best American commander of his time, as do other military men like the Duke of Wellington, who called Scott the greatest living general after Scott captured Mexico City in 1847. Scott was also the commanding officer in charge of the removal of the Cherokee from Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama. In an interesting postscript to this letter, Scott asks Davenport to attend to a sartorial matter, a black cashmere vest, made of the finest material, and a sidearm pocket for spectacles.
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