Dickerson, Mahlon

Paying expenses for New York City US Marshal’s care for 2 African children, likely saved from slavery

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(1770-1853) New Jersey Governor 1815-17, US Senator 1817-33, Navy Secretary 1834-38 (Jackson-Van Buren). 10 x 8 LS as Jackson's Navy Secretary, Navy Department (Washington), May 13, 1836, to William C. H. Waddell, US Marshal for New York City. Secretary Dickerson acknowledges receipt of Waddell’s accounting for expenses “on account of the 2 African children lately under your charge” and referred it to the 4th Auditor for examination, and the 4th Auditor requires explanations and vouchers, copies sent (not herein) for Waddell’s information and attention. Wm. C. H. Waddell (“Coventry Waddell “, 1802-1884) NY lawyer and real estate speculator, President Jackson's personal secretary, later made financial agent of the State Department at Washington and also given charge of the Secret Service funds, for which he accounted to the President alone. In 1831, Jackson appointed him US Marshall for the No. District of New York, a highly lucrative appointment that he held for a number of years. In 1841, President Van Buren appointed him Register in Bankruptcy for New York, a position he held until 1877. His Murray Hill home became known as the "Fifth Avenue Castle", famous for its lavish artwork and European sculptures. His wife was New York City's premier entertainer of the time. He met with hard times during the Panic of 1837 and was forced to sell his magnificent castle. He managed to regain his fortunes shortly thereafter. About 1845 Coventry Waddell built the famous Waddell Mansion, on Fifth Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets, in which occurred a succession of brilliant parties.

Condition: Very Good, age toning at top corners & left edge, mount remnants at corners verso
Type:Letter






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