Lot 239: Postmaster general, secretary of war, and secretary of state under Washington (1745–1829). ALS signed "T. Pickering," one page, 7.75 x 9.5, December 8, 1824. Letter to James H. Causten. In part: "You place too high a value on my letter…I considered it only as suggesting some hints which might be useful in the prosecution of the claims committed to your care. But I advise you to avoid the publishing of it: for such are the prejudices of some persons against me, that even the clearest reasons and the soundest opinions, if known to proceed from me, would avail nothing; but, on the contrary, rather injure the cause they were intended to sustain. Therefore do not add to the publicity which your copies of my letter may occasion. If any benefit should accrue to the claimants from the application of my suggestions, I shall be content to remain utterly unknown, in relation to this affair." Intersecting folds, scattered spots of dampstaining and light toning, otherwise fine condition.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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