1861 Civil War Letter ~ Simeon Draper to William Seward Re: Rebel Arms Shipment

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1861 Civil War Letter ~ Simeon Draper to William Seward Re: Rebel Arms Shipment

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Item No. 5046190

Offered here is a very interesting copy (contemporary to the time) of a May 1861 Civil War letter from New York State Republican Party Chairman Simeon Draper to his political ally and United States Secretary of State William H. Seward. Likely penned by an assistant to Draper, the letter sought to inform Seward about a shipment of fifty thousand Belgian small arms bound for Southern ports and also expressed dismay about the Canadian government's refusal to sell arms to the State of Ohio. The original letter was published in several compilations of Civil War records. In full, it reads:

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New York, May 3rd [1861]

Honorable Wm H. Seward
Secretary of State, Washington

Sir:
The blockading squadron should know that, from positive information, we learn that a heavy shipment of arms is now expected at the port of Mobile and New Orleans from Belgium, ordered in behalf of the States of Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Georgia. They are not yet received, but are hourly expected, and are anxiously awaited for by the Montgomery Government. There are fifty thousand stand [of arms] in the contract alluded to. This information is positive and unequivocal. The Governor of this State telegraphs Judge Advocate Wolcott of Ohio acting for the Governor of Ohio, [William] Dennison, that the Canadian government refuses to supply arms to the States. He desires us to ascertain whether the National Governent will not make application on behalf of Ohio.

Signed, L. Draper 

The letter is in excellent condition and was written upon two pages of a 7 3/4" x 9 3/4" bifolium stationery sheet. There are creases at the locations of the original folds. The paper is in excellent sturdy condition, not stiff, and not delicate. Little wear to edges and corners.

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