Fine content one-page letter signed "A.J. Dallas,", 7.25 x 8 inches, Treasury Department, [Washington], October 12, 1815, with a reference to the British burning of Washington, D.C., in part: "...The petition questioned by Mssr, Tappan and Seale, for a remition of the forfeiture of goods impounded, cannot be found on the files of my office. It probably was mislaid, or destroyed during the invasion of Washington. You will, therefore, be pleased to postpone legal proceedings to enforce the forfeiture, until an authorized copy of the petition can be sent hither, and an opportunity is afforded for deciding on it..." Note: on August 25, 1814, British forces under the command of General Ross set fire to the Capital, the White House, and most government buildings. This was done in retaliation for the early American burning of York (Toronto). Natural folds, but still in very good(+) condition.
United States Secretary of the Treasure during the War of 1812, serving from 1814 - 1816.