AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, DATED JANUARY 6, 1845, TO H.E. LEMAR: "DEAR SIR, AFTER YOU WENT AWAY, I PUT ON FIRST AN ATTEMPT TO GET THE LOW BIDDER OUT OF THE WAY. IF YOU HAD BEEN THERE IT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN DONE, BUT WE GAVE IT UP, FOR A PLAN TO HAVE A NEW ADVERTISEMENT, AND ANOTHER BIDDING. THIS I THINK WILL BE DONE; AND IF SO, WE WILL GET IT. "I WILL WRITE YOU AT THE TIME IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR US TO GO OVER TOGETHER. KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF./ VERY TRULY, SIMON CAMERON, JAN. 6/45. "THERE ARE 4 BIDS FOR $7, & ONE FOR $6.50 - THE LAST MAN HAS AGREED TO BACK OUT. Simon Cameron.

AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED, DATED JANUARY 6, 1845, TO H.E. LEMAR: "DEAR SIR, AFTER YOU WENT AWAY, I PUT ON FIRST AN ATTEMPT TO GET THE LOW BIDDER OUT OF THE WAY. IF YOU HAD BEEN THERE IT COULD POSSIBLY HAVE BEEN DONE, BUT WE GAVE IT UP, FOR A PLAN TO HAVE A NEW ADVERTISEMENT, AND ANOTHER BIDDING. THIS I THINK WILL BE DONE; AND IF SO, WE WILL GET IT. "I WILL WRITE YOU AT THE TIME IT MAY BE NECESSARY FOR US TO GO OVER TOGETHER. KEEP THIS TO YOURSELF./ VERY TRULY, SIMON CAMERON, JAN. 6/45. "THERE ARE 4 BIDS FOR $7, & ONE FOR $6.50 - THE LAST MAN HAS AGREED TO BACK OUT.

n.p. 1845. Broadside, 7 3/4" x 9 3/4". Completely in ink manuscript. Very Good.

Simon Cameron [1799-1889] was running for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania at the time of this letter. The special election, which Cameron won, occurred in March 1845 after Senator James Buchanan resigned to become President Polk's Secretary of State.
As this Letter suggests, Cameron was heavily involved throughout his career in the award of government-bestowed contracts and largesse. He was dogged by allegations, doubtless true, of corruption. Nevertheless, President Lincoln needed his support, and that of Pennsylvania; Lincoln named him Secretary of War and then, in 1862, minister to Russia. Cameron returned to the Senate in 1867 and served for another ten years. Item #35248

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