Friday, September 23, 2016

John Milton Binckley: Legal Advertisements, 1862

John Milton Binckley: Legal Advertisement. 

"CONTESTED LAND CASES on Appeal, or otherwise, requiring argument or investigation. Suspended land claims of States, corporations or individuals. Suspended entries, etc. The under-signed, lately in charge of the preemption bureau, may be consulted at No. 424 Pennsylvania avenue. Refer to officials of the Land Department.  dec 9-1m*  JOHN M. BINCKLEY."

The National Republican (Washington City): January 07, 1862, page 4. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Link here.

John Milton Binckley: Legal Advertisement.

AGENCY FOR THE COLLECTION OF MILITARY CLAIMS, BACK PAY, BOUNTY MONEY, PENSIONS, &C. &C., FOR SOLDIERS, WIDOWS AND HEIRS. BINCKLEY & CLARKE. JOHN M. BINKCLEY, Esq., Washington City, E. M. CLARKE, Esq., Lancaster, Ohio Have established an office in Lancaster for the special accommodation of the people of Fairfield county. OFFICE - Tallmadge Block, Main Street, Lancaster, Ohio. 

The Weekly Lancaster Gazette. September 11, 1862, page 2. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Library of Congress. Link here. 

[John Milton Binckley (1821-1878)]

'The Nation' on John Milton Binckley: September 19, 1867

The Nation, Vol. V, No. 116, page 221. Thursday, September 19, 1867. 

'The career of the personage who now styles himself “Acting Attorney-General,” or as he is known in the newspapers, “Binckley,” tout court, is one which is rarely met with in the Western world. His rise resembles the rise of a grand vizier at an Oriental court rather than that of a Christian lawyer, and it forms, perhaps, the most singular incident of Mr. Johnson's singular administration. “Binckley” is a jack-of-all-trades, who has been everything by turns and nothing long. According to an account given of him by the Washington correspondent of the Boston Advertiser, after having first made his appearance in Washington as a portrait painter, and then tried land agency, writing for newspapers, a clerkship in a Government office, and other shifts, he turned his mind to the law about three years ago, has had one case in court, which he judiciously withdrew, and then suddenly emerged as “Acting Attorney-General” of the United States, having been selected by Mr. Johnson as legal adviser of the Executive of the United States during a most critical period. We doubt if a parallel for this can be found in the history of any civilized state. “Binckley,” too, has actually been permitted to “advise” the President in the Sickles case; that is, to furnish Mr. Johnson with legal reasons for arraying himself in hostility to Congress and the majority of the people, and the opinion was what might have been expected from a jurist of Binckley's standing.'

[John Milton Binckley (1821-1878). This article misses the fact that Binckley also graduated with an M.D. from the Medical Department of Georgetown College on February 28, 1861
Mr. Johnson = President Andrew Johnson (1808-1875) 
Sickles = Dan Sickles (1819-1914)]

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Mary Louisa Mitchell Binckley to John Milton Binckley, August 22nd, 1867

[Mary Louisa Mitchell Binckley at Abingdon, Virginia, to John Milton Binckley at Washington City, August 22nd, 1867].

Aug. 22d 1867

My beloved,

I have just received your letter saying that you think Mr. Stanbery will not return by the 1st.

I will not give up the hope that you may yet come, and will go on with my preparations. And please get your clothes ready, so that if you can come you will be ready. If you could start on Saturday the last of Aug. you would get here the next evening and we would go over to Russell Monday. Tuesday evening [September 3rd, 1867] is the wedding.

Please attend to my note to Galt about the presents -- time is flying.

I am up to my eyes to-day getting up tableaux for the girls -- last night we were down at the old house we are to use, having the young men set up the stage &c. and when thro' with that had a fiddler and danced until 12 o'clock! Cured me of a fit of neuralgia -- will dance again to-night.

They call -- I must go -- I shall really pray that you can come. Only ten days more! 

Good bye my love --
Your own wife

[Description of the wedding here]

[John Milton Binckley (1821-1878)
Mary Louisa Mitchell Binckley (1838-1930)
Lucy A. "Lulie" Dennis (1845-1923), about to marry 
Willie = William M. Mitchell/Michel (1839-1908)
Mr. Stanbery = Henry Stanbery (1803-1881), US Attorney General from 1866 to 1868

Galt = M.W. Galt & Brothers Jewelers, 354 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington City]

Original manuscript in the John Milton Binckley Papers, 1816-1943. Library of Congress Manuscript Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. This is my rough transcription. 

Many thanks to William Myers for sending scanned copies of the documents from the Binckley papers, and also to Mary Davy and Sally Young for their assistance.