Lot 376: Lincoln's controversial first secretary of war (1799–1889). ALS, two pages on two adjoining sheets, 5.25 x 8.25, April 3, 1869. Letter to Mrs. Lippencott, in full: "The date of my public declaration in favor of the enlistment of Negro troops was Nov. 13, 1861. You will find it in McPherson's Political History, 1st edition, 1864, pp. 414, 415, & 416. On the 4th of the same month however I was in New York, where John Cochrane made a speech, which I endorsed, on the subject of the enlistment of the Negro. I am told that the Tribune & Herald of Nov. 5, 1861 contains a report of the remarks of Chochrane [sic] and myself. These newspapers of the 14th of Nov. 1861 will also furnish you with some information on the subject." Two areas of paper loss to vertical fold and tape-repaired tears to expected mailing folds, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Cameron bearing a pre-printed facsimile signature.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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