Oct 28, 2021 - Sale 2584

Sale 2584 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 344
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 100 - $ 200
FAILS TO GET MAPS FROM JOHN MELISH BELONGING TO PENNSYLVANIA DALLAS, GEORGE MIFFLIN. Autograph Letter Signed, "G.M. Dallas," to Auditor General David Mann, describing various services he performed for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including the attempt to obtain certain maps and plates from the agent of mapmaker John Melish, Mr. [Thomas] Hulme, and giving his fee for each service. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, with integral address leaf; faint uneven toning, folds. Np, 7 August 1824

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"The suits brought against the unlicensed retailers of foreign merchandize have now reached the point at which they are about to pass from my private to my public professional care. . . . [I]t is the duty, by law, of the deputy attorney general to conduct these last cases to their termination. . . .
"I . . . consider the Commonwealth in my debt on another score. You may remember that a joint resolution was passed . . . appointing Wm R. Smith and Jacob Holgate 'a committee . . . authorising me to take charge of the copper plates of the State Map, and also of all the copies of the State Map belonging to the Commonwealth in the hands of the representative of John Melish deceased' . . . . Mr. Hulme, the representative of Mr. Melish, refused to deliver up the plates and maps, except upon certain conditions . . . . One of the Committee, Mr. Smith, . . . requested me to write to the then Secretary of State . . . . Mr. Gregg never noticed my communication. . . ."