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Wilmot, David (1814-1868) to Henry T. Kerr

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02467.29 Author/Creator: Wilmot, David (1814-1868) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 March 1861 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 19.6 x 24.7 cm.

Senator Wilmot discusses his recent failed attempts to call on President Lincoln and William H. Seward, Secretary of State. Notes that Seward had been dining with the French Minister when he called. Finally met with Lincoln and Seward in the morning of 25 March. Notes that the Consulship to Marseilles, France has been filled, suggesting that Kerr will be disappointed, since he hoped to apply for the position.

Wilmot served as a United States Representative from Pennsylvania 1845-1850 and Senator 1861-1862.

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