FILLMORE TO UPSHER, SEEKING A MIDSHIPSMAN APPOINTMENT FOR A CONSTITUENT
FILLMORE, MILLARD. (1800-74). Thirteenth President of the United States. Attractive, boldly penned Autograph Letter Signed, “Millard Fillmore”, as Congressman. One full page, quarto. “House of Rep[resentatives]” [Washington, D.C.]. June 4, 1842. To ABEL P. UPSHUR, Secretary of the Navy. [Upshur, while aboard the battleship, Princeton, on the Potomac River in Washington, DC, was killed by the firing and accidental explosion of one of the ship’s guns.] Extremely fine condition. Fillmore writes, in hopes to procure an appointment:
“Sir, I have the honor to enclose you a letter from my young friend, Theodore S. Bosworth, who is an applicant for the office of midshipman. His papers are on file in the Department. I know not by what rule these selections are made but I beg leave to say I am not aware that there has ever been an appointment from my district, and I hope that fact will not be overlooked in making any future selections. I have already recommended this young man and should be happy hear whether he stands any chance of success. Respectfully yours, Millard Fillmore.”
An excellent letter for the collector, wishing a good example of Fillmore, for their set of Presidents.