May 05, 2016 - Sale 2413

Sale 2413 - Lot 19

Price Realized: $ 1,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
SHERMAN BEGINS HIS MILITARY CAREER SHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH. Autograph Letter Signed, "T. Sherman," to his adoptive father Senator Thomas Ewing, confirming receipt of his cadet appointment at West Point. 1 1/2 pages, 4to, written on the recto and verso of a single sheet; chips to left edge, closed tear in left margin (not affecting text), horizontal folds. (TFC) Lancaster, 26 March 1836

Additional Details

"I received your letter with my appointment yesterday with great satisfaction.
"The letter which you wrote instructing me as to the letter to be written to Hon. L[ewis] Cass required the assistance of Mr. Resse who has not yet returned from the city nor is he expected before two or three weeks until which time I suspect I must delay writing, yet the notification observes that I must immediately inform them of my acceptance or nonacceptance of the conditions mentioned in the appointment however if I inform them in two weeks it will do, I suppose.
"I have informed my mother and Elizabeth of my appointment--they both appeared agreed. . . ."