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Description: This letter, written to Horatio King’s sister, Sally, in early June, 1874, lovingly describes a peaceful afternoon at home with his family. He’s writing to her from "under the shade of our beautiful silver-leafed poplar, whose deep green leaves are quivering in the gentle breeze." He updates her on all the folks who live and work at the house, and describes how his granddaughter, Mary, and two of her friends are "playing Indian" in the backyard, complete with a blanket tent and cooking fire. Mary fancies herself a young poet, and Horatio transcribes two short rhymes she has made up – one related to her backyard game, and one dedicated to her Aunt Sally, conveying how much Mary would like to go visit her. On the last page of his letter, King describes his lunch and mentions that they’ve switched away from having beer in the house, as his kitchen woman had taken to overindulging. King finishes off with more brief updates on friends and relations, and signs "Affectionately, Horatio King"

Horatio King (1811-1897) was an attorney and political appointee for much of his career. He was briefly Postmaster General of the United States, when the formation of the Confederacy shook up James Buchanan’s cabinet and King was promoted from the position he had held for several years prior — Assistant Postmaster General. He left perhaps a more lasting impression for his later work, both on a commission designed to aid in the execution of the Emancipation Proclamation in Washington, D.C. and with regard to the completion of the Washington Monument.

Written on all four pages of a sheet of plain, ruled writing paper, with two post-scripts squeezed perpendicularly in the blank upper margin of page one. The paper measures approximately 8.25" x 10" when unfolded. Item #A00601

Condition: There are a couple of small, light stains, otherwise in excellent condition.