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Item 50 - William H. Taft Catalog 543 (Jan 2019)

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TLS as president signed “Wm. H. Taft,” one page, 7 x 9, White House letterhead, April 3, 1911. Letter to Texas Governor Oscar Branch Colquitt, in full: "I have yours of March 29th with reference to the protest against the appointment of General Anson Mills. It is quite evident that there is a confusion over the line between Texas and New Mexico and the line between Texas and Mexico. I think I shall be able to straighten this out. I have forwarded your letter to the Attorney general for his consideration and comment." In very good to fine condition, with a rusty paperclip impression to the upper left, and light blotting to the signature. Accompanied by a full letter of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

As a land surveyor and civil engineer in south Texas, Anson Mills, a well-regarded retired US Army officer, both named and laid out the city of El Paso, Texas. In 1894, Mills was appointed a member of the International Boundary Commission that sought to settle cases involving the border with Mexico, including the Chamizal dispute, a border conflict over about 600 acres on the Mexico-United States border.

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