Lot 8021: Zachary Taylor Signed Letter
28th June 2018
LS signed “Z. Taylor Col., 1st Regt. U.S. Infy., Comdg.,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, December 12, 1834. Letter to Adjutant General Roger Jones, written while commanding Fort Crawford. In full: "I received by the last mail a communication, signed by the Commanding General of the Army, of which the following is an Extract: ‘The Secretary of War has been informed that the Sutler of your post is allowed to keep ardent Spirits in your Garrison for sale to those outside & that he is connected in the Indian trade with one Mr. Baker to whose men he sells liquor as well as to those in the employment of the American Fur Company. As such a proceeding is contrary to law & also to regulations of the army. You will enquire into the facts & should it be so will direct the Sutler to desist on pain of losing his appointment if he further continues any such unlawful practices. You will report to me on the subject of the above allegation.’ In reply to which I have to state that I do not believe that any of the above practices exist at this post, nor do I know or have ever heard of an individual at or near this Post concerned in the Indian trade by the name of Baker; but whenever I am furnished with the name of the individual or individuals who gave the information referred to, I will take the necessary steps to have the matter properly investigated, as I will then have it in my power to get the necessary evidence touching the same, for I am not in the habit of permitting the laws of the land to be knowingly violated by those acting under my authority where it is my duty to prevent it." In fine condition, with two stains to the left edge, one impinging on Taylor's rank. An intriguing letter revealing Taylor's leadership as a commander on the American frontier.
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