Thursday, January 6, 2011

Writing the Secretary of State

This is one of the letters I'm transcribing for the next issue of Casefile Clues. This is a copy of a letter written by W. L. Penfield to Secretary of State Hay in 1904 on George Drollette's behalf. George's wife Marie had written Penfield requesting employment for her husband. Referring to her as a "dear creature" is an interesting turn of phrase.
These materials are housed in the National Archives, File Unit from Record Group 59: General Records of the Department of State, 1763 - 2002. We'll have a complete citation in the issue of Casefile Clues that uses these records. There are copies of numerous letters from residents of Evansville, Indian, in support of Drollette's position. There is also a handwritten letter by a low-level diplomat on Drollette's behalf as well. John Gardner Coolidge (great-great-grandson of President Jefferson) worked with Drollette for two year's after Coolidge's appointment to a post in China.

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