31st governor of Virginia, Secretary of War in President Buchanan’s cabinet (1857-1860), and a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army (1861-1862).
Autograph letter signed “John B. Floyd” AS SECRETARY OF WAR, October 20, 1857, “War Department / Washington”. Floyd is inquiring after a Mr. Beatty, whom Floyd had directed “be employed as Engineer on the aqueduct. I desire to know whether employment has been given to him; and, if so, where and when.”
Floyd was writing to Montgomery C. Meigs, the engineer in charge of the Washington Aqueduct, begun in 1853 and completed in 1864.
Some feathering of ink. Docketed on verso of last leaf.