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Description: Ambrose Burnside wrote this reply to a letter from his good friend, Hon. Francis Wayland, in early 1875 – shortly before Burnside travelled to Washington D.C. to begin his service as a US Senator from Rhode Island. He wrote from Chicago, "Thanks, many thanks, my dear Judge, for your kind letter of congratulation, which was received just as I was leaving home for the west — Mrs. Burnside displayed no symptoms of change of mind before I left home, but I hope she will relent, and consent to go to Washington with me, and will, with me, enjoy the pleasure of seeing our friends there, amongst whom will be none more welcome than you, and the Madam, who, I trust, is now quite well again — Please remember me to her, and to Mr & Mrs Read, and believe me Faithfully yours, A E Burnside"

Ambrose E. Burnside (1824-1881) was a soldier, inventor, railroad executive, and poltician. He designed a carbine in the 1850s that became one of the most widely used firearms in the Civil War. Burnside was a Union General in that war, though he was relieved of command after suffering major defeats. He served as Governor of Rhode Island after the War, and as that State’s US Senator at the end of his career. Today, however, he is most often remembered for his distinctive facial hair, which gave rise to the term "sideburns."

This letter was written on three pages of a sheet of Burnside’s white stationery, embossed "A.E. Burnside New York" at the top. Burnside crossed out the ‘New York,’ and instead hand-wrote "Chicago" next to the date. The stationery measures approximately 8" x 10" when unfolded. Item #A00632 

Condition: There are fold lines and a few scattered spots of soil, generally in very good condition.