ALS signed D. T. Valentine, appointing John S. Giles as President of the Croton Aqueduct Commission, also signed by C . E. Gunther, Mayor of New York
by Valentine, David Thomas
New York, 1865. Very good condition. Manuscript letter on Office of Common Council New York letterhead, confirming John S. Giles nomination by the Mayor at a meeting of the Board of Aldermen, as president of the Croton Aqueduct Department, replacing Thomas Stephens. Signed 'Your obt. Servant, D. T. Valentine, Clerk of Common Council. Also, at the left margin, "Official oath taken before me this 8th day of May, 1865" and signed "C. G. Gunther, Mayor". A New York Times article states Stephens was removed because "he has been derelict in the performance of his duties" (May 9, 1865).David Thomas Valentine was the clerk of the Common Council, and was instructed to compile the Manual of the Corporation of the City of New-York, that included the city's annual reports and directories; he was the first person to preserve New York City's records. As the New York Times described him, "If any one among us may calculate surely on a sublunary immortality, Mr. VALENTINE is the man. He has linked his name indissolubly with one of the greatest cities in the world in a manner" which time shall strengthen not efface." As the laborious digger and delver among old Dutch manuscripts in search of the first faint traces of the municipal existence of New Amsterdam, or as the recorder of the rising glories and meridian splendors of the New-York of our own day, his name will meet the future investigator as every step" (New York Times, July 12, 1863).On lined paper, 8 x 10", contemporary folds. (Inventory #: 22110)
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