Wants to be Governor of Alaska
which is still officially Russian America. 1867 Content Letter.
(Alaska) Autograph letter signed, from William Stevens, 3 pages, July 19, 1867, 5"X8", Kansas City, to former Union Brigadier General Thomas Ewing Jr (1829-96), excellent content trying to become Governor of the newly acquired territory of Alaska. Reads in part, "...From the telegraph reports I see Gen. [Lovell] Rous[s]eau has been detailed as United States Commissioner to take formal possession of our recent Russian purchase and that Ex-Senator [James] McDougal[l] is a candidate for the Governorship of the new territory. You may or may not have received a Communication...from me asking you to present my claims to the President [Andrew Johnson] for the Governorship of that Country...I have no means of knowing what influence Mr. McDougal[l] has with the President...but I have been assured by Col. Simms of this State that Gen. [Thomas] Ewings & Gov. R[obert] J. Walker united can procure anything from the President...If you and the Governor will see President Johnson and get from him a promise to give me the position when the territory space have been organized...I shall feel that I am indebted...and will reciprocate the favor at no distant day in some way. I have special reasons for desiring to go onto the Pacific Coast..." Thomas Ewing Jr (1829-96), Union Brigadier General, who recruited the 11th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and who engaged primarily in Missouri. In an effort to suppress the bushwackers who roamed the area, Ewing issued the notorious General Order No. 11, which decreed expulsion of the inhabitants, loyal or disloyal, from the Missouri counties of Jackson, Cass, Vernon and Bates. Lovell H Rousseau (1818-69), was a Union Major General, active at Shiloh & Chickamauga. He received the formal cession of Alaska from the Russians, 1867, as U.S. representative there. Minor soiling and some scuffing, otherwise very good condition. No envelope. [shelf locator-"Govt & Politics" notebook] $350 + $5 shipping & insurance. To order this item email dick@AlaskaWanted.com
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