[Middletown, PA?]: 1852. Folio sheet, folded to 7-1/2" x 9-3/4". Written on the first page in ink manuscript. Docketed on final blank, "Gen. S. Cameron Jany. 6/9 1852, Ansd. Jany 9th"; addressed to "Col. R. Frazer, Lancaster, Pa." Folded for mailing, stamped "PAID 3" with faint circular postal cancel of Middletown and free frank "paid." Old wax seal and folds for mailing. Near Fine.
Gen. Simon Cameron [1799-1889] of Middletown, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, was a Democrat and Know-Nothing before becoming a Republican in 1856. Noted for his corrupt dealings and as a political chameleon, he was a U.S. Senator from 1845-1849, 1857-1861, and 1867-1877; and Secretary of War from 1861-1862, when Lincoln exiled him to Moscow as Minister to Russia.
Reah Frazer [1804-1856] was a well known attorney and prominent member of the Democratic Party in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His father, William C. Frazer [1776-1838], was a Lancaster attorney and served as a Supreme Court Judge in Wisconsin territory for a time; his grandfather William Frazer [1753-1817] was a Revolutionary War veteran and served as a justice of the peace in New Castle County, Delaware. [Frazer Collection, Univ. PA Libraries.]. Item #36800