Forsyth, John

1839 LS as Van Burenís Secretary of State

Price: $115.00

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(1780-1841) Virginia US Rep 1813-18, 1823-27, Senator 1818-19, 1829-34. As Minister to Spain 1819-23, gained Spanish kingís ratification of 1819 treaty ceding Florida to US. As 33rd Georgia Governor 1827-29, led the pro-removal reply to Theodore Frelinghuysen as to the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Secretary of State 1834-41 (Jackson-Van Buren), led the government response to the Amistad case. An Andrew Jackson loyalist, he opposed John C. Calhoun on the issue of nullification though he supported slavery and was a slaveholder himself. Forsyth County, Georgia is named for him. 10 x 8 LS as Secretary of State, Washington, May 14 1839, to Gilbert Davis, New York. Secretary Forsyth forwards a courier's passport for Davis, plus a passport for Mr. Delavan and a packet for the US Minister at Vienna. However, as the dispatches "are not of sufficient importance to allow of any expense to the Department for its conveyance, if you should find it at all troublesome", Davis can leave it with the Department's agent at New York who will forward it to Vienna. Forsyth requests Davis fill Delavan's passport with a description of him and send a copy of the insertions to the Department.

Condition: Very good, very slight discoloration at top from repaired tear verso.
Type:Letter






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