William Adams Richardson (November 2, 1821 – October 19, 1896) was the 29th U.S. Secretary of Treasury and federal jurist. Richardson, appointed Secretary of Treasury by President Ulysses S. Grant served from 1873 to 1874. During Sec. Richardson's tenure the Panic of 1873 swept the nation and caused a depression that lasted five years. Richardson responded by controversially releasing $26,000,000 in paper money reserves in an inflationist measure to help alleviate the effects of the general panic. There was debate whether Richardson had the authority to do so, however, Congress had not passed a law to forbid such an action. Richardson secured the $15,000,000 award from the Alabama Claims through the retirement of United States bonds held in Europe. This was to ensure that no gold had to be transferred overseas by ship. Richardson's tenure was marred by the Sanborn Incident, where profiteering took place over the collection of taxes by John D. Sanborn. As pressure mounted for Richardson's resignation, Richardson resigned, while President Grant quietly appointed him Justice to the United States Court of Claims, where he served on the bench for the rest of his life.
This is a one page hand written and signed letter with integral blank leaf from William Adams Richardson to Edward W.Kinsley *. The letter is in excellent clean condition without stains or tares, boldly penned and legible. There is a light corner age yellowing to the back corner integral leaf ( not to the actual letter). Paper watermark- Royal Irish linen Marcus ward & Co. Measures 8'' x 10'' with light folds and no cover.
924 McPherson Square
Monday October 24. 1881
Hon E. W. Kinsley.
My dear Sir.
Gov. Boutwell & I are talking of taking a little trip to Colorado, leaving here next Friday or Saturday.
You said once that you would give us tickets over the ...... Railroad, when we were talking of taking a trip there before.
We may not go, but would like tickets over any roads if we do go. Please reply at...,
I am your yours...
William A. Richardson.
*Kinsley, Edward W. (Edward Wilkinson) 1829-1891 was an abolitionist, merchant, and agent for the state of Massachusetts. Kinsley was involved in military activities and administration of recruiting Black troops as members of volunteer companies during the Civil War. He never held any commission in the army, but his services were so highly valued that Post No. 113, G.A.R., of Boston was named in his honor.
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