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Title: Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar to Henry Williams, 18 April 1870

Date: April 18, 1870

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Location: National Archives and Records Administration

Whitman Archive ID: nar.01330

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April 18, 1870.

Henry Williams, Esq.

Counsellor at Law,

Savannah, Geo.

Sir:

Your letter of April 10th is received. I should desire to procure a portrait of Judge Berrien for this Department, if a copy of one which his family regard as a good likeness could be obtained for a reasonable sum. If the picture were here, or in any northern city, I have no doubt that I could get a copy that would be satisfactory, made for $200, or $250. How skilful artists you have in Savannah, and what their ideas are as to prices for work which is mere copying, I do not know, and should be glad to be informed by you, if you will do me the favor. The size of the canvas I should like to have thirty inches by twenty-five, and should prefer to get it framed here.

I had the honor of a slight personal acquaintance with Judge Berrien twenty five years ago, and should feel a personal interest in adding his portrait to the historical collection which is so nearly complete in this office. There is no appropriation for the purpose; but within reasonable limits the procuring such a picture would be allowed under the head of furnishing the rooms. If the sum I name is not adequate, I should be obliged to you if you would inform me for what sum the work could be done.

Very respectfully,

E. R. Hoar,

Attorney General.


portrait of Judge Berrien
see p 285 seq.


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