The first letter is 7.75" x 9.75". , [1-address and postage] pp, folded. Completely in ink manuscript on blue lined paper. Old folds, small hole at edge of rear leaf from having been sealed with wax [one letter affected]. Addressed on final page with postmark of St. Louis. Very Good.
The second letter is 5" x 8".  pp, folded. Completely in ink manuscript, embossed with small shield at top left corner of first page "Damask Laid Highly Finished." Two horizontal folds, quite clean. Very Good.
[offered with] SALT PRINT PHOTOGRAPH, APPEARING TO BE OF ROBERT TREAT IN HIS 30s or 40s. 2.25" x 3.5". Sepia tones, matted to stiff card measuring 5.5" x 8.5" Although unlabeled, the photograph was kept with these letters, and the man in the photo bears a striking resemblance to Treat in his later photos, minus the facial hair. Treat sits in a chair, looking quite thin, with high forehead, hair parted and combed in same manner, thick brow bone, and mouth set in a stern, straight line. Near Fine.
Samuel Treat [1814-1902], born in New Hampshire, graduated from Harvard. He read law, practiced in St. Louis, and edited the St. Louis Union. A conservative Democratic Party activist, he expresses his anger here at fellow New-Englanders for threatening the stability of the Union. Of Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, who opposed slavery in the National Territories and voted against the Compromise, Treat says, "In Missouri, Benton is irremediably lost -- he cannot recover from the suspicions cast upon him. This State is conservative and moderate in its views." When he wrote this Letter, Treat was a Judge of the St. Louis Court of Common Pleas. Later he would help to found Washington University and, nominated by Franklin Pierce, would be Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, where he served until his retirement in 1887. Treat's friend, William Greenough, was a Bostonian prominent in local affairs. A merchant, he was President of the Boston Public Library for many years. Item #31478