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Gideon Welles, Autograph Letter, Signed

Excellent 1860 Campaign Letterhead!


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Gideon Welles writes and signs a letter to his son, Thomas. The letter is mostly about family matters; when he and his mother will arrive in Hartford, etc..

The letterhead is sensational.  Lincoln’s and Hamlin’s names appear at the top corners as the Republican party’s nominees.  Below an American eagle image is listed the Republican  National Committee, including Gideon himself, Governor Edwin Morgan (who is also Chairman), Norman Judd of Illinois and Carl Schurz of Wisconsin.

This is a difficult to fine and a most impressive political letterhead.

Usual folds; light staining  along folds; small ink showthrough; o/w/clean.

Welles, Gideon (1802 – 1878; Sec of Navy under Lincoln)  Autograph Letter, signed “Gideon Welles”.  NY:  16 October 1860.  To “My dear Son”, Mr. Thomas G. Welles.  On ‘Presidential Campaign of 1860” stationery.  4to.; 1p.