• Secretary Of State Fish Offers Letters Of Introduction To Havana

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    HAMILTON FISH (August 3, 1808-September 6, 1893) was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1869-1877 who skillfully promoted peaceful arbitration of explosive situations with Great Britain and Latin America. He served in the U.S. Senate from 1851 to 1857. During the Civil War, he became chairman of the Union Defense Committee to expedite supplying arms and troops and later served as War Department Commissioner to investigate and alleviate poor conditions of Federal prisoners in the South.


    As Secretary of State, Fish brought about the conference that drafted the Treaty of Washington, providing for the first major international arbitration of modern history.


    One-page, LS by Fish to the Honorable Columbus Delano, Department of State, Washington, December 12, 1872, marked “Personal.”


    “I take pleasure in enclosing to you herewith four letters of introduction to the authorities at Havana sent me by Admiral Polo. I hope you will have a pleasant trip and return with perfectly reestablished health.


    “Believe me, my dear, Sir


    “Very Sincerely Yours,


    “Hamilton Fish”


    Verso includes acknowledgement.


    Folds, light soiling.


    COLUMBUS DELANO (June 4, 1809 – October 23, 1896) was elected U.S. Congressman from Ohio, serving two full terms and one partial. He served as President Ulysses S. Grant’s Secretary of the Interior during the rapid Westward expansion. He was also instrumental in America’s first national park.



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