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Description: HOWELL COBB
(1815 - 1868) American politician, congressman, and Secretary of the Treasury (1857-60). He resigned from the Treasury in December of 1860 citing that his home state of Georgia (then about to secede from the Union) was in need of his services. Although the Confederate congress appointed him brigadier-general, and was subsequently promoted to major-general, he took little part in military action. Very late A.L.S. 1p. 4to., Macon, Ga., July 24, 1868, to Adam J. Glossbrenner, James Buchanan's former secretary. In part: "...Allow me to introduce to you my friend Hon. Nelson Tift member elect from Georgia to the present Congress...Tift is an old fashioned...true man in every sense of the world...I...bring most cordially to your kind attention, do what you can to get him his seat, for he is a worthy representation of our state...". Nelson Tift (1810-1891) was a politician from Georgia who served in the 40th Congress as noted in this letter. Glossbrenner (1810-1889) was Democratic congressman from Pa. and acted as Buchanan's private secretary from 1860-1861. At the time of this letter, Cobb had resumed his law practice and, in early 1868, vigorously attacked Reconstruction efforts and denounced the radical Republicans in Congress. He would die on October 9, 1868, less than two months after penning this letter. With original holograph envelope, very good condition.

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