1846 John Cushman Troy, New York. Marcy, Sec of War Farm Missionary Greek Plea

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Autographed Letter Signed. Cushman, John P. Troy. 15th Oct 1846. 9-13/16 inches. 3 pages with integral address leaf. Cut on page three at wax seal site. Addressed to: “Honble Wm. S. Marcy, Secretary of War, City of Washington” with indexing notation. Stampless cover. Postmarked: New York 16 Oct ___. With: STEAMBOAT postmark.

Partly on private business. “The payment of the Hill Farm was effected on or about the day of the Capitulation of Ampudia the 24 or 5th Sept last by means of skillful maneuvering. …Mr Brown Consul at Rome… Genl Davis… …Mr Camron has rounded its preparation for entering upon his Rolling & Shilling at the Troy Vulcan Works & the sound of Repeal! Repeal!! Is dying away – The excitement which the intelligence from Monterey caused has not yet delivered. The Gallant Worth.! He has fully recounted from his false ship and now ____, his heart has long been aspiring. And yet what is it.? Empty applause! Earthy phantom!” Page 2: Cushman discusses the plight of an American missionary in Greece who has written a book and quoted the writings of some of the fathers of the Greek Church and stated that the Virgin Mary is not a proper object of worship but merely a created being. The king’s court has tried the missionary and men propose to kill him. There is no Consul at Athens. “Cannot our own Government do something, in behalf of an American Citizen (as all our missionaries are). & make some demonstration in this case?” Signed: “John P. Cushman”  

 Historical Note:

John Paine Cushman, (1784-1848) a Representative from New York; born in Pomfret, Conn.; graduated from Yale College in 1807; studied law; practiced law in Troy, N.Y.; elected as a Federalist to the 15th Congress (March 4, 1817-March 3, 1819) … engaged in the real estate business.