President Millard Fillmore's Secretary of the Treasury and future Abraham Lincoln Ambassador appointee requesting a friend's help
Thomas Corwin (1794-1875) Handwritten Letter Signed, "Your friend, Tho Corwin", 4 x 6.25, 1 pg, written during his term as Sec. of the Treasury, 12 Apr. 52, to Phillip Grinley Esq., Boston, In part: "The bearer of this (Col Holbrook of your good city of Boston, seems to have been so situated by recent changes in the civil polity of Mass. that some public complement is very necessary to him. He seems in all respects a gentleman & will I doubt not make a good officer...If in your power to do so....", by the American politician and statesman who served as Whig U.S. Senator from Ohio (1845-1850) when he resigned to enter President Millard Fillmore's Cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury on July 20, 1850. He had previously represented Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives (1831-1840) and was Governor of Ohio (1840-1842). After Fillmore's term expired in 1853, Corwin returned to Ohio, where he was again elected to the House, this time as a Republican. He served from 1859-1861when in early 1861 he made a last-ditch effort to avert the outbreak of the Civil War by his successful sponsorship of the Corwin Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, that would have prohibited any amendment to the Constitution from interfering with slavery in the United States. It was approved by Congress and sent out to the states for ratification but on April 12, 1861 the war started before the states could take any action. President Lincoln appointed him as U.S. Minister to Mexico (1861-1864) and was well-regarded among the Mexican public for his opposition to the Mexican-American War while in the Senate, which in turn helped keep relations with Mexico friendly during the U.S. Civil War, despite Confederate efforts to sway their allegiances. In fine condition, with age toning along the left edge and small chip upper left corner.