1858 NY Governor John A. King Writes to General Frederick Townsend That He Has the Flu and Can’t Attend the Following Day’s Military Ceremonies

1858 NY Governor John A. King Writes to General Frederick Townsend That He Has the Flu and Can’t Attend the Following Day’s Military Ceremonies
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Description: On July 21, 1858, John Alsop King (1788-1867), the Governor of New York, wrote to General Frederick Townsend (1825-1897), telling him he would be unable to attend the following day’s military ceremonies, as he his “prevented by a renewed attack of influenza”. King requests that General Townsend please inform General Frisby and Captain Sherman of his impending absence, and that he “regret[s] it exceedingly, but Dr. Cogswell says, it would be most imprudent for me to attempt to do so.” King served as Governor of New York from 1857 to 1858 during which time he bolstered New York State’s education system and expanded the Erie Canal. Before being elected Governor, King served in the New York State Senate and as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1849-1851). Frederick Townsend served as Colonel of the 3rd New York Infantry Regiment, and was brevetted a brigadier general during his service with the 18th and 19th regiments. During the time this letter was written, Townsend was serving his first of three terms as Adjutant General of New York (1857-1861, and 1880), being first appointed to this position by John A. King. Written on one side of a sheet of paper folded to 8” x 5”. Item #A01086.

Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition with a clear, bold signature.