[Washington: 1844]. 8" x 10", light blue lined paper.  pp, folded, neat ink manuscript on first page followed by three blank pages. Very Good.
Hamilton Fish [1808-1893], a native New Yorker, graduated from Columbia, became a lawyer, and entered politics as a Whig. He was elected to Congress in 1842 and wrote this letter during his term. President John Tyler, elected Vice President on the Whig ticket headed by William Henry Harrison in 1840, became the first accidental President after Harrison's death in 1841. Tyler and his erstwhile Whig colleagues became bitter opponents when the new President thwarted the Whig legislative program. Clearly Fish was correct in concluding he could be of no help to his constituent Shankland, whatever the nature of Shankland's request.
Thomas Shankland was also a New York lawyer. The 1845 New York State Register lists him as a "Commissioner to take Acknowledgments and Depositions for the different States and Territories, residing in the city of New-York;" with Shankland's responsibilities including the states of Maryland, Vermont, Ohio & Maine. Shankland was nominated by President Lincoln as Consul at Port Louis, France, in December, 1861. Item #30172