Lengthy Letter Signed about the Democratic Party nominee for President
by WALKER, Robert J. (1801 - 1869)
Washington, 1868. unbound. 4 pages (front and back), each two-page spread measuring 9.75 x 13.5 inches, Washington, May 1868, to Horatio Seymour, powerful Democratic Party politician and former Governor of New York State, extolling the virtues in nominating General Winfield Scott Hancock as the Democratic Party's Presidential candidate in July, in small part: "...I believe that Gen. W.S. Hancock is the only man whose success can be confidently relied on. Whilst a Soldier during the late unfortunate Rebellion, he has shown a fixed and unalterable affection for the Civil Liberties secured to every American by the Constitution. When called upon as Commander of an important military division, in the case of an application for the release of Mrs. Mary Surratt (Lincoln Conspirator), at a time when confusion and anarchy were threatened, he submitted himself, in person, to the jurisdiction of a Civil Tribunal, ready and willing to obey its mandates. With Hancock as our Candidate Pennsylvania is certain. We can in that event carry, with an overwhelming majority, the State elections which precede, in that State, the Presidential election about three weeks later, and begin out campaign in the full glory of Victory with nearly 40,000 majority. I know that if you concur with me in these views you will use your great personal and political influence to secure this result. A failure now would be disastrous, and, perhaps, ruin our country forever." Note: What Walker failed to comprehend when he wrote this letter was that the Democratic Party Convention was already scheduled to take place in New York City on July 4th. The very man he is writing to, asking for support in nominating General Winfield Scott Hancock, is none other than Horatio Seymour, New York's own favorite son and the very man who would get the nomination. He would eventually lose in the national election to Ulysses S. Grant. As for Hancock, in 1880 he finally received the Democratic Party nomination for the Presidency only to lose the election to James A. Garfield. Bleeding of the signature, but still in near fine condition overall. American expansionist who served as a United States Senator from Mississippi, Secretary of the Treasury and Territorial Governor of Kansas.
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