Sergeant, John

Nice 1838 ALS on penmanship by Henry Clay’s 1832 running mate, written during his last term in Congress

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(1779-1852) Pennsylvania US Rep, Henry Clay’s 1832 National Republican Party vice presidential running mate. Princeton College class of 1795, practiced law for 50 years. In 1800 he became deputy attorney general for Philadelphia then commissioner of bankruptcy for Pennsylvania 1801. He was a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives 1808-10 and elected as a Federalist to Congress serving 1815-23, becoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. He was a strong backer of Henry Clay's American System and the Second Bank of the United States in Congress, and traveled to Europe to negotiate loans to the Bank. He was also a strong opponent of slavery who voted against the Missouri Compromise. In 1825, he was president of the Pennsylvania Board of Canal Commissioners. In 1826 he was an envoy to the Panama Congress, returned to Congress 1827-29, then became legal counsel to the Bank of the United States. He was Clay's running mate on the National Republican ticket in 1832 but lost to Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren in a landslide and again retreated from public life. He was president of the 1838 Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention, and then was elected as a Whig to Congress, serving 1837-1841, again chairing the Judiciary Committee 1837-39. He returned to his law practice, declining offers of a cabinet or diplomatic position from the new Whig administration. One of his daughters married Major General George G. Meade, Commander of the Army of the Potomac from Gettysburg until the end of the Civil War, and another married Virginia governor & US Rep and later CSA Major General Henry A. Wise. 10 x 8 ALS while Member of Congress in his last term, Washington, April 7 1838, to a New York admirer, sending his autograph and discussing penmanship and the art of writing: “My only effort as to handwriting has been to make it plain and easily legible, which is, in my opinion, one of the duties we owe to each other. I have been often perplexed to make out the signatures of letters addressed to me. I am glad to see that you have adopted the plan of writing very distinctly.” Written in his very nice handwriting!

Condition: Very good, minor wrinkling.
Type:Letter






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