Description: Edward Everett (1794-1865) signed this part-printed 1863 document that serves as a receipt for a donation given to the Boston Public Library by Brigadier General Edward C. Mauran. Mauran, who served as Adjutant General for the Rhode Island militia donated Annual Reports of the Adjutant General of the State of Rhode Island for the Year 1862 and the Year 1861. Everett signed this document as President of the Board of the Boston Public Library.
Everett had an impressive political career. He served as a member of the House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1825-1835), was elected the 15th Governor of Massachusetts (1836-1840), and he was appointed Secretary of State (1852-1853) under Millard Fillmore, taking over for his recently deceased friend, Daniel Webster, until he was sworn in as a Senator from Massachusetts (1853-1854). Everett also was the featured orator at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery in 1863, speaking just before President Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address.
Three years after his donation to the library, General Edward C. Mauran was court-martialed by the State of Rhode Island for alleged fraud he committed as Adjutant General. He was ultimately found not guilty.
Document measures: 10” x 8” and features a vignette of the seal of the city of Boston at the top. Item #A01098
Condition: Fold lines, otherwise very good condition.