Nov 08, 2018 - Sale 2492

Sale 2492 - Lot 213

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DANIEL WEBSTER. Letter Signed, "Dan'l Webster," as Secretary of State, to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of New York Joshua A. Spencer, requesting that he investigate reports of cannon fire from Navy Island directed at British ships in Canada. 2 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; ink identification in unknown hand at upper edge, printed portrait pasted at upper left, folds. Washington, 24 September 1841

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"I . . . invite your attention to a rumor of a flagrant breach of the laws of the United States by certain persons who are said to have fired cannon from Navy Island with the view to destroy certain vessels of war of Great Britain near the Canada shore. It is the President's desire that you . . . [ascertain] the truth of the rumor . . . and . . . prosecute to the utmost extent of the law."

From the Collection of William Wheeler III.