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Description: John A. Dix (1798-1879) boldly penned and signed this 1848 letter to a Colonel Burnett (possibly Colonel Ward B. Burnett) that reads: “Dear Sir: You will perceive by the proceedings of the Senate that the matter of your letter has been attended to. I trust the bill will pass the House promptly.” Since the letter is dated January 6, 1848, the bill referenced in the letter was probably the one that passed on January 4th of that year which supplied, “in part, a deficiency in the appropriations for subsistence in kind of the army and volunteers during the year ending the 30th June, 1848.” (taken from George Minot’s The Statutes at Large and Treaties of the United States of America from December 1, 1845, to March 3, 1851).

During the time this letter was written, John A. Dix was serving as a U.S. Senator from New York (1845-1849). He went on to serve as the Secretary of the Treasury (1861) under James Buchanan, as U.S. Minister to France (1866-1869) under Andrew Johnson and Ulysses S. Grant, and as the 24th Governor of New York (1873-1874). At the start of the Civil War, Dix was appointed a Major General in the New York militia He is remembered for the arrest of six members of theĀ  Maryland General Assembly which prevented that border state from seceding from the Union.

Ward B. Burnett served as a colonel of the First New York Volunteers during the Mexican-American War. He later served as U.S. Surveyor General for the Kansas and Nebraska Territories.

10″ x 7 7/8″. Item #A01212

Condition: Fold lines, slight wrinkling, minor toning at edges, some instances of ink transfer, overall good condition with a neat, bold signature.