This is the cover only of
a letter that was sent Free Franked to Orray
Taft of Providence, Rhode Island from
Peter G. Washington in Washington, D.C.
on May 8, 1849. During this time Mr. Washington
was serving as Chief Clerk of the Office of
the 6th Auditor. His signature is at the upper right of
the cover beneath the Official Business stamp.
Peter G. Washington
was born in Virginia. His obituary
in the Washington, D.C. Evening Star states, "That
he came to the city as a youth and that he died on February 10,
1872 in New York City. His remains were returned to the capital
where he was buried in the Congressional Cemetery."
I also found a reference
to a Monthly that Peter Washington
and Charles M. Willard began in June of 1850.
It was called, "The United States Postal Guide and
Official Advertiser" and had a run of 24 issues, ending
in July of 1852.
Peter G. Washington
was Chief Clerk of the Office of the
Treasurer from 1829 to 1835; Chief Clerk
of the Office of the 6th Auditor from 1837 to
1843; Sixth Auditor for the Post Office
Department from 1845 to 1849 and Assistant
Secretary of the Treasury from 1853 to 1857.
a member of the sixth generation of Tafts in
America was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts to
Marvel and Ruth Taft on April 9, 1793.
He attended public schools in Uxbridge and entered the
cotton trade as a Factor while still quite
young. He continued in this endeavor until 1829,
after which he moved to Providence, Rhode
Island and became one of the principal owners of the
Wauregan Cotton Mill.
Orray was well known in
the southern cotton markets and made annual visits to many of
the cotton plantations. Mr. Taft was one of the organizers
of the People's Savings Bank of Providence and
eventually became the president of that
institution. He served one year as a member of the Rhode
Island State Legislature and was also one of the
organizers and President of the Worcester
Orray Taft married
Deborah Keith of Northbridge, Massachusetts
on September 24, 1821. They had five children.
Orray Taft bought a 35
acre tract in Providence, RI known as the Brattle Farm
in 1860. He died at his home located on this
property in 1865.
was the first of the Tafts to reach America. He
was born in Ireland in 1640
and immigrated to Massachusetts in 1678
where he was granted property in Braintree. Robert
later acquired property in Mendon and Sutton
and was one of the largest property owners in the area. He
died on February 8, 1725