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Item 104 - John Quincy Adams Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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LS, one page, 7.75 x 9.75, June 1, 1824. Addressed from the Department of State, transmitting to John McLean his commission as US Postmaster General, in full: “The President by and with the advice and Consent of the Senate, having appointed you Postmaster General of the United States [has] the honour of enclosing herewith your Commission, of which you will [be pleased] to acknowledge the receipt." In very good condition, with overall creasing and wrinkling, and complete backing to reinforce splitting along folds and areas of paper loss. McLean was a prominent jurist and politician who served in the United States Congress, as US Postmaster General, and as a justice of the Ohio and US Supreme Courts. Given that McLean began serving as Postmaster General on June 26, 1823, and this letter is dated June 1824, it is likely that, at this time, postal commissions were renewed on an annual basis.

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