• Vice-President Hamlin's Son, Charles, Assists Civil War Private at War's End

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    CHARLES HAMLIN (September 13, 1837-May 15, 1911) was the son of Vice President Hannibal Hamlin and a Union major during the Civil War. He was awarded the honorary grade of brevet brigadier general. Hamlin fought in the Battle of Gettysburg. He and his sister Sarah were at Ford’s Theater on the night of President Lincoln’s assassination.

    ALEXANDER WILLIAMS RANDALL (October 31, 1819-July 26, 1872) was a lawyer and judge and served as the sixth Governor of Wisconsin. He helped raise and organize the first Wisconsin volunteer troops for the Union.  In 1861, Lincoln appointed him U.S. Minister to the Papal States and in 1863 Assistant Postmaster General.  President Andrew Johnson appointed him U.S. Postmaster General in 1866. When Johnson was impeached, Randall remained loyal, testifying on his behalf and contributing to his defense.

    One page, 7 ¾” x 10”, ALS, Washington, D.C., July 17, 1865, Hamlin writes to Randall  as Assistant Postmaster General seeking a discharge for a Private.

    “If Private Blodgett the bearer of the note can be discharged [from] the service this week, I can obtain a clerkship for him worth $75 per month with good chance of promotion and permanent employment.

    “He will explain how you can… assist him. As his regiment has gone home & he mustered out it is only reasonable that he should be mustered out here in orders by the War Department as is done daily.

    “I am Dear Sir

    “Yours Respectfully

    “Chas Hamlin

    “Hon A.W. Randall

    “First Asst. P.M. General

    “Washington, D.C.”

    Folds and light toning with two ink blotches, one on the front and one on the verso, not affecting anything. Two small edge fold tears.

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