Autograph letter signed “Albert Gallatin”, New York, May 6, 1816, 8×10, to William Crawford as Secretary of War, in full:
Do not forget, if you please, the letter of introduction for the Dutchess of Plaisance.
From what shop comes the abuse, which I am told, is bestowed on you in the Democratic Press. I have not seen it, but have understood that I came in for my share.
By the bye, do not think yourself under any obligation to me for your name being brought forward for the Presidency. You know the opinion I entertain of you, but I did not in the least interfere in that business, and I forgot to tell you so, when at Washington.
[?]…then write to me in France. I am not a good correspondent, but will make an effort for the sake of hearing from you.
With address panel in Gallatin’s hand, addressed to Crawford as Secretary of War in Washington.
An incredible and RARE letter. There is a small section missing along the bottom horizontal fold, affecting several words of text. Overall toning. Slightly fragile.
Abraham Alfonse Albert Gallatin, born de Gallatin (January 29, 1761 – August 12, 1849) was a Genevan-American politician, diplomat, ethnologist and linguist. As leader of the Democratic-Republican Party he served in various federal elective and appointed positions across four decades. He represented Pennsylvania in the Senate and the House of Representatives before becoming the longest-tenured United States Secretary of the Treasury and serving as a high-ranking diplomat.
William Harris Crawford (February 24, 1772 – September 15, 1834) was an American politician and judge during the early 19th century. He served as United States Secretary of War and United States Secretary of the Treasury before running for president in the 1824 election.
Sophie Lebrun, Duchess of Plaisance (1785–1854) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where her father, François Barbé-Marbois, was serving as French Consul-General in the United States.