• John Adams Dix Writes of Colleague's Education And Bishop's Consecration

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    JOHN ADAMS DIX (July 24, 1798 – April 21, 1879) was Secretary of the Treasury, appointed by President James Buchanan, United States Senator, Governor of New York and a Union major in the Civil War.  Dix arrested the pro-Southern Maryland legislators and prevented the divided border state from seceding.  He became Minister to France after the Civil War.


    1 ½ pp, 8 x 10, ALS, Port Chester [NY], October 6, 1851to  the Honorable N.S. Benton regarding the education of his colleague Mr. Perkins.


    “I know Mr. Perkins well. He commenced his mathematician education with the aid of my Library at Cooperstown. The Regents have been my charge of these honorary degrees. I am not now one of them. I believe up to the date of my resignation in 1847 or 1848 they had only conferred the degree of L.L.D. on three individuals—one in the 18th century & two in the 19th. I will write to one of the most influential of the Board immediately, and you may be sure I will do justice…


    “You ought to come to the concentration of the new Bishop.


    “I have been absent or should have answered your letter sooner.


    “I am, Dear Sir,


    “Very truly yours,


    “John A. Dix


    “Hon. N.S. Benton”


    Folds, light toning. A couple of small edge tears.


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