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Lot #741
Sold For$375.00(hammer price)
 $442.50(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 2, 2013


Wilson, a Chicago newspaper owner, was a strong supporter of Abraham Lincolnís campaign and was close to both Sheridan and William Seward. Wilson was appointed U.S. Secretary to the legation sent to the Court of St. James by Lincoln, and he conducted a large correspondence with both Seward and Sheridan. Letters dated Dated July 5, 1860[?]-March 27, 1872. 1) Auburn, July 5th 1860 [?]: My Dear Wilson, Your kind letter is just received. I must go to Michigan ...to see my friends there or to receive any kindness at their hands..." Signed William Seward. Long two-page octavo letter; difficult to read; no envelope. 2) Sitka, Alaska, August 1st 1869, "My dear Mrs. Farrar, I have the pleasure of fulfilling my promise to send you a flower from Alaska. Here is a wild one that I have plucked from Prince Maxsuloff's garden. We have had a pleasant, sunny voyage in "The Active", up from Puget's Sound through the "Inside Passage" as they call the channel through the archipelago of forest-covered islands. You will learn with regret, I am sure, that although we have been five days in the country and have seen forests and gardens, flowers and fruit, we have, as yet, failed to meet either a polar bear or an iceberg. My father and Mrs. Seward desire to join in kind remembrances to you and to Mr. & Mrs. Wilson. Since we have come, we are more than ever sorry that you did not accompany us. Very Sincerely yours, F.W. Seward". With cancelled Sitka envelope. 3) Auburn, March 13, 1870: "My Dear Friend [addressing Wilson] I sometimes think that it may be proper for me to write a note of my friends on my own hands. I kept in diary and I am with its reminder of what helped us on our way to go in California and Alaska. Does your journal contain any thing of this sort? And if so, can you send me the number. I am anxious to know from you are [?] Mrs. Wilson and how Mrs. Farrar is. I have fond recollections most pleasant [?] the home of our long companionship on the mountains in California. Very Respectfully your old friend, William H. Seward". No envelope. 4) April 18th (no year): "My Dear Mr. Wilson, I have deferred acknowledging the recipt of your birds until I should have had an opportunity so you [?] to that ... mine greatly. The balance of the letter continues in a personal vein and is very difdficult to translate". Signed William H. Seward. 5) Auburn, March 27th, 1872: "My dear Wilson, Thank you heartily for your hospitable invitation to which I should avail myself of with pleasure were I coming to Chicago. But the condition of my health would not warrant me in promising to perform that duty at Springfield which had been assigned to me and which I would otherwise have gladly undertaken. With cordial regards to Mrs. Wilson. I am faithfully your friend William H. Seward". By A.M.S.[?], probably the initials of the person who penned the letter.
Provenance: Direct descent in the family from Charles L. Wilson to William Ware."


As found. Wear consistent with age.

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