Colonel Thomas E. Major Massachusetts Militia uniform items including his frock coat by John ? Warrel (who operated in Boylston Hall in Boston) with Scovill MFG Massachusetts state seal buttons, along with chapeau hat, epaulets, belt, and kepi. Note: Colonel Major was the personal secretary to Benjamin F. Butler during his term as Governor of the State of Massachusetts. Included with this lot is the state appointment document for Thomas Major as personal secretary to Governor Butler, dated Janary 4, 1883, bearing the state seal and the first signature of Benjamin Butler as Governor of Massachusetts (he served as governor from 1883 – 1884). Also included is a state letter accepting Major's resignation of personal secretary to Butler, dated January 3, 1884 and signed by Governor Butler, and a type written job recommendation letter from the law offices of Benjamin Butler dated July 5th, 1887, addressed to Chief Justice William A. Richardson on behalf of Major. Also included is a booklet titled "Letter of General Benj. R. Butler, to Hon. E. R. Hoar with his official and political biography, with a reply to the judge's imputations upon the general. Published by request, 1876.", with Thomas Major's purple stamp. Uniform dates to the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Provenance: Descended through the family of Thomas E. Major. Condition: Coat missing 4 buttons but retained. Overall soiling and general wear to uniform items. Letters in very good condition with folds and overall toning. Booklet overall good condition with wear to the edges and toning.
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