Lot 79: Partly-printed vellum DS as president, signed "R. B. Hayes," one page, 15.5 x 19, March 7, 1879. President Hayes appoints Robert C. Walker as "Paymaster with the rank of Major in the service of the United States." Neatly signed at the conclusion by President Hayes and countersigned by Secretary of War George W. McCrary. The blue seal affixed to the upper left remains fully intact. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, a few creases, and the signature a shade or two light. Accompanied by color photocopies of Walker's appointments to paymaster roles during the Civil War. Five years prior to this appointment, Walker had left his paymaster position under questionable circumstances during a time of mental instability, losing all associated benefits; following a congressional investigation into the matter, Secretary of War McCrary concluded that, because of Walker's mental condition at the time, his resignation in 1874 was null and void. With this appointment, he was restored to his former position, giving him a place on the retired list and securing him the associated benefits thereof.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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