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Two Great Simon Cameron Autograph Letters Signed

Two letters from Senator Cameron, both signed "Simon Cameron." The first, 1p, 5" x 8", November 24, 1883, is addressed to W.A.M. Greer Esq. Cameron encloses the second letter, with approval to be published on the condition that one section be removed. He writes, "I have, of course, no objection to your publishing the letter, but I have drawn a line around some purely personal (and petty) matter, which I think might well be omitted."

The letter enclosed, 2pp, 8" x 10", January 31, 1837, is addressed to Valentine Best. Cameron writes of his political ambitions, "...I presume always be found among those who meddle in the troubled waters of politics. Some persons in this quarter, who were rich when I was young and very poor have made repeated attempted to destroy me, in order that they might the more securely manage all matters to their own advantage, but so far they have been foiled...I think W Muhlenberg will receive an offer of one of the Departments, and if so I feel confident that he will do all he can for his friends...I would advise you to go to Washington shortly after the inauguration if M is appointed. He is still desirous of being the Governor of this state. He would rather have it than any port at Washington; and on that ground you can talk freely to him. My own opinion is that his nomination next spring is certain, and with a nomination, his election would be beyond a doubt. I mention this that you may be on your guard and not consider him out of the field, if he should get a Department..."

The small paragraph at the bottom of the letter has been circled by Cameron, as the section which he desires not to be published. This reads, "If I can aid you in your desire to secure a part of the printing, I will gladly do so. Let me know before you go. It may be well enough for you to know that the 'Pennsylvanian' now is in the receipt of a part of that patronage. But you are right, we must get up a country party. I enclose you $5 for subscription."

Simon Cameron (1799-1889) was a Pennsylvania native, who represented his state in the Senate and later served as Secretary of War under President Abraham Lincoln.

Flattened mail folds to letters, along with some light soiling and toning. The 1837 letter has some small separations along the folds where paper was weakened. 

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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