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