FRAMED BRADY PHOTOGRAPH & LETTER OF GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET WITH POST MASTER JOHN M.G. PARKER

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This is an outstanding collectible of both an original photo, plus letter written and signed by General James Longstreet. Photograph was taken in Matthew Brady’s studio in November of 1865 while Longstreet was on a business visit to Washington, D.C. Longstreet is seated in Brady’s famed carved wood and leather armchair, with Parker standing beside him. Image is clear. Some spots are present. Brady’s imprint is at the bottom of the mount. Photo, not including mount, measures approx. 6” x 8”.

While in Washington, Longstreet also made a call to his former roommate from West Point, General Grant. Grant made arrangements for Longstreet to visit with President Andrew Johnson to seek amnesty. President Johnson refused to give Longstreet amnesty, but Congress extended relief to General Robert E. Lee and Longstreet later in 1865.

John M.G. Parker was a good friend of both Longstreet and Grant. Grant nominated Parker to the position of Post Master of New Orleans in 1875. This letter was written on the official post office letterhead of Parker’s and is dated Feb. 11, 1878. Letter reads,

“E. F. Strickland Esquire

Milwaukee

Dear Sir,

Your favor of Aug. 6th inst. is just received. Thanking you for kind atten-tions. I must confess that this notice is so short that I shall not be able to meet your wishes & be with you on this interesting occasion.

I am Sir by Respect your Obt. Servant

James Longstreet”

Letter has two vertical creases from where it was folded. Has light surface dirt but no chips or tears. Letter measures 7 ½” x 9 ¾”. Gold frame measures 15 ¼” x 21 ¼”.   [sm]

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