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Bell, John (1797-1869) to Gales and Seaton

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02467.03 Author/Creator: Bell, John (1797-1869) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 12 March 1839 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20.5 cm.

Requests copies from Gales and Seaton, government printers, of some documents of the last session of the House. Informs that he is anxious to see the report of the Secretary of War [Joel Roberts Poinsett] "in answer to a call for information from the House relative to the proper mode in the execution of the treaties with the Choctaw and Chickosa [Chickasaw] Indians." Mentions a Mr. Allen who is suffering from a disease.

Bell served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1827 to 1841, serving as Speaker of the House from 1834 to 1835. He then served briefly as Secretary of War under William Henry Harrison and John Tyler in 1841, but resigned along with the rest of the cabinet in protest at Tyler's vetoes of Whig bills. In 1847, Bell was elected to the United States Senate, and served until 1859.

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