Item #20762 Military Bounty Land, Alden L. Gage, Agent. BOUNTY LANDS.

Military Bounty Land, Alden L. Gage, Agent

Washington, D.C. [1850].

Single sheet folded to 10.75 x 8.25 inches with text on two of four pages. Folding creases; very good. An attractive illustrated circular soliciting veterans of the Indian Wars in the Old Northwest (1792, 1795), War of 1812, Seminole Wars (1835-36), and Mexican War to retain Gage's services to secure their claims to lands newly available to them following the passage of the Bounty Land Act of 1850. Gage claims experience "in connexion with the Pension department" that has "given him advantages possessed by but few whose business has been the general prosecution of claims against the United States" and offers a list of references composed of former and current U.S. senators and congressmen, as well as General Sam Houston. He promises that that "in no case will any charge be made unless the pension is procured for the applicant," but does not mention what payment will be due to him when a claim is granted. The verso makes it clear, however, that he expected it to be a worthwhile sum. In a printed (but hand-signed) letter addressed to postmasters, he requests that his circular be prominently posted in their offices, in exchange for which he promises to pay two dollars for every successful claim processed for someone in their local area, with an additional ten percent of his fee offered for more difficult (and thus more lucrative) cases. Not located in OCLC.

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