• Wisconsin State Assembly Clerk Sends Son's Remain To His Mother

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    7 7/8 x 9 7/8 ALS, 1 ¼ pp, April 15, 1856, DANIEL NOBLE JOHNSON to an unknown recipient, being the mother of a deceased son.  Written on State of Wisconsin, Secretary’s Office, Madison stationary with a strong cartouche.


    “...You relieved me of much anxiety. In as much as I had not heard from you since forwarding the remains of your late son from this place, I was fearful lest some accident should have occurred either to delay or entirely prevent their reaching you.


    “I took every possible precaution in my power to secure their safe transmission that no ordinary mishandling should disturb them, and I am infinitely pleased that my efforts were successful and satisfactory to his relatives. Many of my friends earnestly advised me at the time to accompany them [the remains] personally and I should possibly have done so had I not been assured by the agents of the express company that such a step would be needless.


    “I am thankful too for your assurances of the speedy settlement of pecuniary matters connected with my action in the matter. You have, perhaps, good cause to deem me very importunate, considering the circumstances but my pressing demands had left me no alternative. I am, as I have heretofore informed you, very poor, and with a family depending upon my personal exertions for a livelihood. I had but just received my quarterly salary and to render a kindness expended the money that I absolutely needed for the most imperative necessities of my family... Daniel Noble Johnson”


    Difficult to say who the recipient of the letter was or how her son died.


    JOHNSON was born in New York City on August 19, 1822. Before his 19th birthday, he joined the U.S. Navy as clerk to the purser of the U.S.S. Delaware, 74 guns, one of the largest U.S. warships then in commission. Johnson began his journals in May 1841 and continued them until June 1844. They’re held at the Smithsonian.


    Johnson distinguished himself in public service as clerk to the assembly which set up the new State government of Wisconsin. He then entered business in Madison and with the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the forces of the state. Late in 1862, he joined Gen. Grant’s staff as chief clerk and served in this capacity until he fell ill from the rigors of camp life with the forces besieging Vicksburg. [Research included]          


    Letter is in excellent condition.


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