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Lot 364: 1866 Letter Describing Visit to White House and Meeting President Andrew Johnson
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Post Civil War
1866 Letter re: Visit to White House and President Johnson
February 28, 1866-Dated Post Civil War, Autograph Letter Signed, by Army Captain D.C. Smith, about a visit made to President Andrew Johnson's Reception at the White House, Choice Very Fine.
An original Manuscript Letter written by an army officer in the Quartermaster General's Office, at Washington, D.C.. Two pages, measuring 7.5" x 9.75", mailing folds, with its original intact 1863 issued 3 Stamped Postal Transmittal Envelope included. Here, Captain D.C. Smith writes to his cousin Lizzie Blanding in East Attleboro, Massachusetts, that he has been busy with business, trips to the Capitol and Congress with his wife, various friends visiting, etc.. Of particular interest, he writes about a visit he and his wife made to President Andrew Johnson's Reception at the White House, where they saw "everybody". His wife Ann... "shook hands with the President, as every one who chooses, of course has the opportunity of doing". (President Lincoln was assassinated in public less than one year earlier.) He concludes with questions about family, and includes a separate slip of paper with his address. (3 items).