Autographed Letter Signed
Place Published: Washington, D.C.
Date Published: 1872
Description: 4 pages (front and back) with each two-page spread measuring 10 x 16 inches, marked "Private," Washington, D.C., April 12, 1872. Rare letter by the American politician and negotiator to the former Confederate States of America Treasurer Tyler, in preparation for Richardson's successful trip to Geneva to obtain damages from Great Britain, letting Tyler know of a Judgeship opportunity available to him by the means of Richardson's resignation, in part: "...In any article that is written in the newspaper perhaps it will be well to state the fact of the immediate cause of my resignation, the desire of [Secretary of the Treasury] Boutwell to have me manage the refunding of the national debt after my successful operation of the hundred million negotiation in London...Now I hope you will be my successor and you must attend to it immediately and persistently..." It has long been speculated that the job opportunity and Tyler's assistance to the government were linked, and crucial to the successful outcome of the Alabama Claims Commission.Signed: Y
Book ID: 170118