Wilson, Henry

March 1869 ALS while Senator mentioning post-Inaugural visit to President Grant

Price: $250.00

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(1812-1875) Massachusetts US Senator 1855-73, a founder of the Republican Party. Vice President March 4, 1873 to Nov. 22, 1875 (Grant), died in office. In 1855 he was elected to the US Senate by a coalition of Free-Soilers, “Know Nothings”, and Democrats to replace Edward Everett. A leading Republican, he devoted his energies to the destruction of the “slavocracy”, the conspiracy of slave owners to seize control of the federal government and block the progress of liberty. His election as Vice President was tainted when it was shown that he was one of several Congressmen & Senators who were offered bribes (and possibly took them) in the Credit Mobilier scandal; he was cleared in a Senate inquiry, but his reputation was stained. 8 x 5 ALS “H. Wilson”, Washington, March 12 1869, 2pp (1 sheet), to Mrs. Merriman. Wilson received her note "...and this evening I went to the Presidents and waited nearly two hours to see him but he had some gentlemen in on important business and I did not see him." Wilson vows to try again the next day "... and do all I can for you", regrets he did not "...go with you that night & there you might have seen him." Wilson has read her article and will "...read anything from your pen with deep interest." He will long remember "...the brief moments I was permitted to pass in your society" and hopes to meet again and renew their acquaintance. With typescript. Grant was inaugurated on March 4, 1869.

Condition: Very good, smearing to a few letters, light see-thru from writing on reverse.
Type:Letter






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