ALS signed “P. V. Daniel,” one page both sides, 7.75 x 10.25, December 3, 1852. Letter to an early autograph collector, in full: "My reply to your two communications has been delayed by the hope and endeavour to obtain for you the autograph of the late Chief Justice Marshall which you expressed the desire of possessing; yet strange as it may appear, I have been unable from any of his connections or acquaintances in this place to whom application has been made, to procure or even to find a simple signature of Mr. Marshall. The Executor of this gentleman Mr. James K. Marshall, resides in the County of Fauquier in this State, and it is not improbable that amongst the papers in the possession of the Executor, the object of your wish may be obtained. I transmit to you herein, the autographs of two of Virginia's most distinguished sons, viz that of the late Edmund Randolph, once Attorney General of the United States and Secretary of State. He was also Governor of Virginia, and a leading member of the Convention which formed the Constitution of the United States. The other signature is that of Mr. Giles, who was for several years, a distinguished member, first of the House of Representatives, and afterwards of the Senate of the United States. He also filled in his latter years, the office of Governor of Virginia." In very good to fine condition, with an old tape repair to a tear in the upper right corner. Accompanied by an engraved portrait bearing a facsimile signature. From the Collection of Dr. Lawrence E. Miller.
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