Kansas City, MO: Original Letter, 1838. Original Letter. Single Sheet. 7 3/4 X 9 3/4. Very Good. Item #1394
Senator Thomas Hart Benton autograph letter signed (ALS) in original free frank envelope. The cover of letter signed and marked "FREE" by Benton as well. Letter addressed to a Mr. Henry of New Orleans in relation to a court case he was apparently engaged in.
In full: "Jany. 13, 1838 - Dear Sir, The court decided the motion for dismission this day, and overturned it, so that we shall now have a hearing, and those to gain the case for Mr. Wilcox upon the merits and to relieve him from the suit. Yours truly, Thomas H. Benton."
Benton, a native Tennessean and one-time dueling opponent of Andrew Jackson, whom he shot and wounded in the duel, was a career politician and staunch supporter of "manifest destiny" and "hard money." His belief that the country needed to use hard money and not a set of standards based upon a theoretical "backing" of currency earned him the nickname "Old Bullion." Benton was one of the eight Senators profiled by John F. Kennedy in his book, "Profiles in Courage." Letter is folded with remnants of original black wax seal intact on verso. Slight paper separation at folds. Light foxing.