4 pp, folded, in ink manuscript, unlined paper. Letter on first two pages, third page blank, Docketed on last page, probably in the hand of Temple or his clerk, as follows: "Geo. F. Danforth, Esq., Rochester, asks if a minor is bound to serve as volunteer. | Dec. 23d, 1846. Ansd. that he is not bound." Old folds [a few very short splits at blank edges], light tanning. Very Good.
Congress declared war on Mexico on May 13, 1846 and immediately authorized President Polk to raise 50,000 volunteer troops to serve twelve months. By November, Congress called for additional volunteers. Many underage men volunteered for service; some parents apparently tried to have their minor sons' names stricken from the muster rolls.
George Franklin Danforth [1819-1899], a graduate of Union College, became a lawyer and, in 1879, Judge of the New York Court of Appeals, a position he held for ten years until he reached the constitutional age limit of 70 in 1889. He returned to the practice of law; in 1899 he dropped dead in open court after his argument of a case. ["G.F. Danforth Dies in Court," THE NEW YORIK TIMES, September 26, 1899.]
Robert E. Temple [c.1809-1854], a West Point graduate, was Winfield Scott's Aide-de-Camp from 1832-3; engaged in the Seminole War in 1836, and in 1839 retired from military service. Thereafter he practiced law in Albany, with a brief stint as Adjutant General of the State of New York from 1846-7, and a reappointment to the U.S. Army as Colonel to the 10th Infantry during the Mexican War from 1846-8. [Cullum: BIOGRAPHICAL REGISTER OF THE OFFICERS AND GRADUATES OF THE UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY AT WEST POINT, NEW YORK, SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1802. SECOND EDITION. VOL. 1. 1868. Page 326, No. 511.]. Item #31324