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Henry Clay Superb Free Franked Envelope and Copy of a Reference Letter

The envelope is postmarked June 31, [1849], Lexington, Kentucky, free franked "Free H. Clay." Hand addressed to Nicholas Dean Esq. With a black wax seal on verso. With moderate toning and minor soiling. Expected wear, with chipping and loss at the edges. Boldly signed at the top right corner.

With a copy of a letter written by Clay, 1p, measuring 7.875" x 6.5", Ashland, dated April 7, 1849. Addressed to Hon. Thomas Ewing, offering a testimonial on the behalf of Nicholas Dean Esq. Dean had applied for the Office of Marshal of the Southern District of New York, and Clay writes, in part: "I have known Mr. Dean well, as an upright and honorable Gentleman, of attainments of an uncommonly high order, of excellent business habits, and distinguished by his moral and religious deportment. He is such a man as would confer honor on the Office, rather than deriving any from it." Flattened folds to the copy.

Clay had recently been elected to the U.S. Senate as a representative for Kentucky, a position he held from March 4, 1849 to his death on June 29, 1852.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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